Perez dominates Silverstone sprint
|By Mark Glendenning||Sunday, July 11th 2010, 09:33 GMT|
Sergio Perez got his season back on track with a crushing win for Addax in the GP2 Series sprint race at Silverstone.
The Mexican passed Davide Valsecchi and his iSport team-mate Oliver Turvey in the opening phase of the race and immediately left the rest of the field behind, routinely posting laps more than a second quicker than his rivals to finally cross the line with a margin of 15.7 seconds.
Polesitter Turvey managed to hold on for second, earning himself his first GP2 main series podium. He had become the local crowd's only realistic hope of a home podium after ART's Sam Bird was prevented from taking the start by an engine failure on an installation lap.
Turvey's result did not come easily. He saw off Valsecchi without difficulty, but soon found himself under pressure from Racing Engineering's Dani Clos, who had made good progress from sixth on the grid. The Spaniard launched several attacks but never managed to find a way though, and after seeing off a late challenge from Pastor Maldonado (Rapax), settled for third.
Valsecchi, meanwhile, seemed to be struggling for pace and steadily dropped down the order, losing fifth to ART's Jules Bianchi at Abbey with a couple of laps remaining. He hung on to claim the final point for sixth.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Sergio Perez Barwa Addax 35m54.531s 2. Oliver Turvey iSport + 15.386s 3. Dani Clos Racing Engineering + 15.997s 4. Pastor Maldonado Rapax + 16.426s 5. Jules Bianchi ART + 17.600s 6. Davide Valsecchi iSport + 21.767s 7. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax + 22.752s 8. Charles Pic Arden + 24.207s 9. Luca Filippi Super Nova + 24.483s 10. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering + 25.057s 11. Jerome D'Ambrosio DAMS + 25.853s 12. Giacomo Ricci DPR + 25.977s 13. Fabio Leimer Ocean + 30.192s 14. Michael Herck DPR + 30.507s 15. Ho-Pin Tung DAMS + 30.903s 16. Luiz Razia Rapax + 45.728s 17. Vlado Arabadzhiev Coloni + 48.713s 18. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova + 49.956s 19. Max Chilton Ocean + 50.214s 20. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden + 55.456s 21. Adrian Zaugg Trident + 1m19.313s 22. Alberto Valerio Coloni + 1 lap Retirements: Johnny Cecotto Trident 19 laps Sam Bird ART 0 laps