Nelson Piquet Jr has scored his sixth pole position of the season from eleven events. With a belting lap around the Autodromo di Monza, the Brazilian took top spot and with it two valuable points to nibble into Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead. Nelson will be joined on the front row by local hero Giorgio Pantano, with Lewis starting from third position.
A lap of 1:30.161 was enough to grab Nelson the top spot in qualifying following a titanic battle with his season-long rival Lewis. The pair matched each other almost lap for lap until, with half the session gone, Nelson set the time that would net him pole.
In the early part of the session, the fight was between Luca Filippi and Franck Perera, with the Italian just edging the Frenchman with ten minutes gone. By now the championship contenders were way down the order, waiting for their chance to make a move in clean air.
With just under half the session gone they were out, with Lewis around 20 seconds up the road from Nelson. The pair were going for an out-and-out battle of nerves. Lewis was naturally the first to set his time and flew straight into P1. Nelson was next through and stole the position from him, but Lewis was straight back on top with his second effort. Nelson was not to be beaten however, and the man who has taken more pole positions than any other driver this season blasted over the line almost seven tenths faster than his rival.
As seems to have become the tradition of late, it was now up to the rest of the field to catch Nelson, and Lewis was straight in for fresh rubber to try his hand. With each lap that passed he took another tenth or two out of the Brazilian’s time, but it wasn’t enough. Just as it looked as though the grid was perfectly formed for a front-row championship showdown, however, up popped Giorgio Pantano. The Italian was reveling in his local surroundings, on a track he knows and loves, and in the dying minutes he set a lap which would net him second and push Lewis down to third.
With the gap between Lewis and Nelson at just eight points, it really is game on for the championship. Tomorrow promises to be a truly nail-biting affair.
1st Nelson Piquet Jr – Piquet Sports. 1:30.161
The car was great again, and I was lucky not to get involved in traffic or anything. I really don’t know what to say. I’m just really happy. Everything needs to go well in the race and I need not to get involved in any stupid mistakes. I’m sure we can finish at the top.
2nd Giorgio Pantano – Petrol Ofisi FMS International. +0.229
I think we’ve seen in the last four or five races that we’ve been really there – not far away from Nelson or Hamilton. I know the circuit quite well and the car worked very good. The championship is not my problem. I want to win the race. I have nothing to lose, so I’m going to do my race.
3rd Lewis Hamilton – ART Grand Prix. +0.327
There was a yellow flag in the last corner, but it was right by the incident. I was already straight, and I didn’t even think it was a fast lap. I remain positive. Even if they take my best laps I’ll still be third. Tomorrow I won’t try any silly moves. It’ll be close, but I want to win.
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIES
ROUND 11 – MONZA, ITALY - FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2006 PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
The 2006 GP2 finale got under way this morning at the historic circuit in Monza, the outskirts of Milan. Super Nova’s Jose Maria Lopez completed just 5 laps in free practice, enduring a rather unfortunate incident when a lodged stone d weiter >>
Lewis Hamilton and four other drivers have lost their two fastest laptimes from today’s qualifying session for not heeding yellow flag warnings at the end of the session.
Lewis’ laps were consistent enough, however, that he will not lose a grid position and remains third. Franck Perera drops from 5th to 9th, Andreas Zuber 14th to 19th, Ferdinando Monfardini 20th to 24th, weiter >>
Piquet takes pole in Monza
Nelson Piquet Jr has cut Lewis Hamilton's lead in the championship down to just eight points by claiming pole position for tomorrow's race one in Monza.
The Brazilian will be joined on the front row by Giorgio Pantano, who just weiter >>
Arden’s Nicolas Lapierre got back into the points for the first time since his Monaco accident with a good run to sixth place in the Istanbul Sunday sprint.
Both Nicolas and Michael Ammermueller had frustrating qualifying sessions. From 18th on the grid Michael went for an early pitstop, coming in on only the second lap. Starting 20th Nicolas soon jumped up weiter >>
Extremely hot conditions at the Istanbul Park Circuit would further test the young GP2 drivers physical fitness, as they set about the 23-lap race today. And indeed it was this that contributed to Super Nova’s Fairuz Fauzy’s water & oil temperatures reaching dangerously high le weiter >>
Andreas Zuber has won his first GP2 series race from Lewis Hamilton and Adam Carroll
Andreas Zuber claimed his first win in the GP2 series in race two at Istanbul, controlling the pace all the way to the finish line despite race long pressure from Adam Carroll, but all eyes were on Lewis Hamilton, who scalped the Ulsterman in the final complex on the last la weiter >>
Super Nova’s Argentinean driver Jose Maria Lopez began today’s main race 2nd on the grid, however he got off the line slowly and by the end of lap one he’d dropped to 5th. Then on lap 6 as Jose came in complaining of terrible under steer, a radio failure caused confusion in the pit weiter >>
ROUND 10 – ISTANBUL, TURKEY - FRIDAY 25TH AUGUST 2006
This morning’s free practice saw Jose Maria Lopez suffer a failed clutch sensor towards the end of the 30 minutes, which the team had to resolve before qualifying. Fairuz Fauzy patiently waiting for 12 minutes before joining the circuit, this track renowned for being quicker as the session proceed weiter >>
Nelson Piquet Jr's weekend has gone from good to great after claiming pole position for tomorrow's race one in Istanbul, and in doing so has closed the gap in the championship battle with leader Lewis Hamilton to just nine points.
Piquet left the pitlane with most weiter >>
Red Bull Junior aus Bayern sucht seinen Weg zurück zum Glück, nach 4 punktelosen Rennwochenenden. Vor drei Wochen war Michael Ammermüller (GER) einmal mehr vom Pech verfolgt.
Nach einem verheißungsvollen 3. Platz im Qualifying wurde der Red Bull Junior bereits nach der ersten Kurve aus dem Rennen gerissen – völlig unschuldig. Das Rennwochenende von Budapest war damit zers weiter >>
6TH AUGUST 2006 ROUND 9 –SPRINT RACE
Rain had set in & was laying on the track this morning as the GP2 Sprint race in Budapest started behind a safety car. Jose Maria Lopez set off from an encouraging pole position but this was quickly snatched from him when he spun off in weiter >>
Während der Brite in Ungarn ein rabenschwarzes Wochenende erlebte,im freien als auch im Qualifying verunfallte und aus der letzten Startpositions ins Rennen gehen musste, spielte sein Erzrivale Nelson Piquet jr. alle Trümpfe aus: Pole,zwei Laufsiege sowie jeweils die schnellste Rennrunde.
Bis auf 11 Punkte konnte sich dadurch Piquet an Hamilton heranschieben, welchem im weiter >>
We talk to today's second placed driver Lewis Hamilton
GP2 Series: Fairly wretched conditions for you today, but how was your race?
Lewis Hamilton: It was good; I came up from tenth to second. Obviously there's one better, but that was as good as we could do this weekend, and to en weiter >>
Nelson Piquet Jr has made GP2 series history by taking the first ever perfect weekend. The Brazilian won today’s race in torrential conditions, setting fastest lap along the way to bring home a perfect score of 20 points after taking pole position and the race one win and fastest lap over the two p weiter >>
Piquet reigns in the rain
Nelson Piquet Jr is the first driver in GP2 history to have a perfect point scoring weekend after dominating in miserable conditions to win race two at the Hungaroring, finishing well ahead of the ART pair of Lewis Hamilton and Alex Premat.
Piquet's weiter >>
Super Nova’s Argentinean driver Jose Maria Lopez started from front row on the grid this afternoon, but it wasn’t going to be an easy drive. An incident on the opening lap with Arden driver Michael Ammermueller set him back 4 places, & when Jose came out of the pit lane with 35 laps to go he sat 12th. As other teams pitted & several cars took retired, positions swapped, L weiter >>
GP2 Series: Nelson congratulations, a great qualifying effort. Did you expect to be six tenths up on everybody in that session?
Nelson Piquet Jr: No not really I mean practice went well despite it being half wet half dry. We didn’t know really whether to p weiter >>
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIES FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST 2006
Unpredictable weather conditions here in Budapest meant the team had decisions to make on which tyres were most suitable to use this morning. Both Super Nova drivers did minimal laps in free practice, yet both were in the top ten quickest. This afternoon’s qualifying session stayed dry, although the track was still very weiter >>
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30TH JULY 2006 SPRINT RACE
Jose Maria Lopez started from first row today, and within seconds was leading the race, after Piccione came off. The Argentinean driver made a 2.8second head way between him and 2nd place, which was swapping between Pantano & Glock. Jose showed skill & continuity throughout the entire race, and looked set for his first pole finish weiter >>
Slightly cooler today with the threat of rain holding off, this 40-lap race was eventful but rewarding for Super Nova, after some nail biting moments! Fairuz Fauzy stalled on the grid, & moments later Jose Maria Lopez who made a brilliant start, got clipped & spun 360°, yet managed to continue pitting on lap 2 as planned, coming out six places up. Meanwhile the majority o weiter >>
Gimmi Bruni has converted his second 2006 GP2 series pole into his second win of the season after a determined and impressive race in which he held off the advances of championship leader Lewis Hamilton to take the chequered flag by just over a second. The pair were joined on the podium by Timo Glock, who reac weiter >>
ROUND 8 – HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - FRIDAY 28TH JULY 2006
Although Super Nova’s #5 car suffered a small water leak towards the end of free practice, Jose Maria Lopez still came out third quickest. Forecasted rain had totally dried up by this afternoon’s qualifying where Jose unfortunately damaged his car, when he made a mistake getting too close to one o weiter >>
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ROUND 7 – MAGNY COURS, FRANCE – 16TH JULY 2006
Super Nova drivers started at either end of the grid today, Jose Maria Lopez in third row & Fairuz Fauzy 23rd. Several cars exited on the opening lap, while Jose Maria Lopez gained two positions putting him in 4th place. Unfortunately though his race wo weiter >>
Giorgio Pantano has scored his and Petrol Ofisi FMS International’s first ever GP2 series win, taking the chequered flag by half a second from Nelson Piquet Jr following one of the best races of the 2006 season to date at Magny Cours this morning. The Italian drove a faultless race to resist Nelson’s fiercest challenges weiter >>
MAGNY COURS, FRANCE – 15TH JULY 2006 RACE ONE
In blistering 38 degrees Jose Maria Lopez made a great start from his pole position, proving his talent, recording some very quick sector times. Unfortunately a wheel nut was cross-threaded during his pit stop, which caused him to lose valuable time a weiter >>
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIES ROUND 7 – MAGNY COURS, FRANCE
PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Returning after a month long break from racing, the GP2 Series prepared in hot conditions at Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours for the seventh round. Fresh from a successful two-day test in Paul Ricard, where Jose was quickest driver, the Super Nova team were optimistic! Free p weiter >>
José María López has taken his first career GP2 series pole position for the first of this weekend’s races at Magny Cours. The Argentine, who finished the all-important mid-season test as the fastest driver of all over the course of the two days for Super Nova International, proved that his pace in testing was weiter >>
The GP2 series gets back to racing ways this weekend as Round 7 of the 2006 season takes place at Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours in the heart of France. After a month without any GP2 racing as the Formula One circus made its annual trip across the pond, and only a two-day test to keep everyone entertained, this weekend is sure to prove a welcome return to action for our teams, driver weiter >>
The GP2 Series 2006 Prize Giving Ceremony featuring the 5th Annual Winning Attitudes Awards is launched today The GP2 series and Gonzalo Rodriguez Memorial Foundation (GRMF) today announces the continuation of their partnership. For the 5th consecutive year the GRMF will host the Winning Attitudes Awards (WAA), in Monza, Italy. This year’s charity dinner will be held together wit weiter >>
After a tough couple of races with various dramas the Super Nova team and their drivers have been working extremely hard to get back on form. Two days of very productive testing at Paul Ricard saw Jose Maria Lopez finish quickest overall driver out of the 26 GP2 cars testing, comfortably setting the pace on new and weiter >>
The GP2 series today anounces its broadcast figures for its inaugural season in 2005 After an enthralling first half to the 2006 season, and as we prepare for our mid-season test in Paul Ricard next week, the GP2 series is today proud to announce the viewership totals from our stunning debut season in 2005. The figures weiter >>
Lewis Hamilton ist auf dem besten Wege der nächste britische Nachwuchsstar zu werden.
Wie in Monaco vor zwei Wochen drückte er vor heimischem Publikum in Silverstone dem GP2-Rennen seinen Stempel auf und konnte beide Läufe für sich gewinnen. Sein ärgster Verfolger Nelson Piquet ist jetzt schon über 20 Punkte in der laufenden Meisterschaftstabelle zurückgefallen und hatte weiter >>
Lewis Hamilton has won the second race at Silverstone today after starting in eighth place. Lewis Hamilton has taken his second double win of the season with a crushing display of speed in race two at Silverstone, storming through the field from eighth on the grid to win by nine seconds fro weiter >>
The Durango team has been excluded from this weekend's event. Read the Steward's decision here. The Stewards received a report from the GP2 Technical Representative which stated that Car no 22 had stopped on lap 16 of the race due to a rear wing failure. On inspection of the broken parts it was his opinion that the lower element of the rear wing had been previously repaired.