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 from poleman Felix Porteiro and Adam Carroll.
The race start was delayed when Alex Premat and Timo Glock stalled on the grid, prompting an extra formation lap. Next time around there were no such problems, and Porteiro had a storming start on his first time at the sharp end to lead fellow front row driver Clivio Piccione into the first corner.
Giorgio Pantano and Nelson Piquet Jr slotted in immediately behind the front pair, while yesterday's front row pairing of Carroll and Hamilton were having a fierce battle of their own, with the latter finally coming out on top after the pair ran side by side all the way through to Hangar Straight.
Andreas Zuber was already out of the race, having been pushed into the pitwall by Jason Tahinci, while Piquet was having a storming opening lap; having been forced onto the grass at the start by Pantano, he had his revenge by muscling his way through into third before the lap was over.
The two stalling drivers were fighting their way back after the disappointing start, to vastly different effect. Glock, who had been push started to form up at the back of the grid, was storming his way through the grid while Premat, who started in the pits, was clearly struggling: he spun on lap two and was soon back in the pits and out of his car.
Back at the front Porteiro had the benefit of Piccione slowing up his pursuers, storming away in the knowledge that he would need as big a gap as possible later in the race. Piquet was all over the back of the Monegasque driver but unable to thread the needle, while Pantano was robustly defending his position behind them from a charging Hamilton.
Fairuz Fauzy had found himself in seventh after a good start, and was holding on for dear life. A long train was forming behind the Malaysian driver, with no one able to find a way through other than Glock, who took the opportunities presented to move up to eighth in five laps.
Further back and a bad race turned into a nightmare for Arden when Michael Ammermüller collected the rear of teammate Neel Jani, tipping both cars into retirement at Abbey and prompting the safety car to come out on track while the marshals retrieved the broken vehicles.
The race went green on lap eight, and Hamilton made a perfect restart by lining up precisely on Pantano's tail through Woodcote to put himself side by side across the line and through into fourth at Copse, while Glock was the first man to get by Fauzy further around the lap, at Vale, for seventh position.
At the front Porteiro did a perfect job of the restart and was rebuilding his lead, while Piccione was hanging on desperately from Piquet. The pair were soon joined by Hamilton, and they drove three wide into Maggotts, Piquet inside Piccione and Hamilton on the outside.
It was an audacious move, but there could only be one driver to come out on top, and Hamilton made sure it was him: he pushed slightly left but left enough room, just, for the others. Piccione jinked slightly left and Piquet had nowhere to go but onto the grass.
The Brazilian ran through an advertising hoarding before rejoining the track right in front of the ongoing Pantano / Carroll battle, with the Ulsterman taking the opportunity to force his way past both, with a now slow Piquet also losing a position to a charging Glock.
Within a few corners Porteiro saw what he most dreaded in his mirrors: Hamilton had arrived, and was clearly determined to take home another win. The Spaniard, however, put up a plucky defence that defied his relative inexperience at the front of a GP2 race.
Lap after lap Porteiro held his line, but on lap twelve the inevitable happened: Hamilton tried on the inside at Bridge but was held up as Porteiro moved over to the right for Brooklands, but the Briton somehow forced his way across and inside before the corner, and the lead was his.
He wasn't the only Briton with a taste for blood: Carroll was on the podium yesterday and looking for more, and his constant pressure on Piccione finally paid off one lap later when he got inside at Stowe for third place while, behind them, Glock undid all his good work by running off track and falling back to ninth.
With Hamilton moving away at a second or more a lap Porteiro had his mirrors full once again, this time by Carroll, but the Spaniard was determined not to open the door again despite the rising number of drivers behind him, all looking for a way by.
It set up a five car battle over the closing laps of the race, with all of them holding their breath and trying desperately not to put a wheel wrong and delighting the large crowd around the circuit.
Up at the front Hamilton built up a lead of over ten seconds before easing off slightly to win his second race of the weekend while the crowd strained to see what the order would be behind him.
The five crossed the line nose to tail, Porteiro holding on for second ahead of Carroll, Piccione, Pantano and Piquet, with Glock just failing to score a point despite forcing his way through Fauzy once again for seventh position.
Inevitably Hamilton also claimed another point for fastest lap, and was just 0.004 seconds in qualifying off a perfect score for the weekend. Not that he will mind so much, leading Piquet in the championship as he does by 67 points to 45.
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.
position pilote team gap laps best time time #1 time #2 time #3 max speed ideal lap ideal #1 ideal #2 ideal #3 pits pit #1
1 L. Hamilton ART - 23 01'31"313 00'29"120 00'39"226 00'22"967 0 01'31"149 00'28"957 00'39"226 00'22"967 0 -
2 F. Porteiro Campos Racing 00'09"060 23 01'32" weiter >>
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIES
ROUND 6 – SILVERSTONE, BRITAIN – 10TH JUNE 2006 RACE ONE
Today’s race in Silverstone unfortunately ended abruptly for Super Nova’s driver Jose Maria Lopez. After a great start passing two cars from his 18th grid position, he was hit from behind, weiter >>
We talk to Timo Glock following his first day with iSport International GP2 Series: How was your first day with iSport?
Timo Glock: I have to be pretty happy with it: straight into the top five, and only two tenths off the pace. It was a pretty good start for us, and the car w weiter >>
Lewis Hamilton has won today's race at Silverstone in front of his adoring home fans from Timo Glock and Adam Carroll. Lewis Hamilton gave his competition a master class in controlling a race in Silverstone this afternoon, managing three safety car periods and his own p weiter >>
position pilote team gap laps best time time #1 time #2 time #3 max speed ideal lap ideal #1 ideal #2 ideal #3 pits pit #1 pit #2
1 L. Hamilton ART - 36 01'32"505 00'29"146 00'40"041 00'23"318 0 01'32"214 00'29"146 00'39"891 00'23"177 1 13 -
2 T. Glock iSport 00'05"014 36 01'33"05 weiter >>
We talk to Adam Carroll after he took his very first GP2 series pole for tomorrow's race.
GP2 Series: It's been a long time coming, but you've got your first pole of the year. How does it feel?
Adam Carroll: Indeed! It's very, very good; obviously we've had a pretty rough season so weiter >>
Local heroes Adam Carroll and Lewis Hamilton will line up on the front row of the GP2 series grid for tomorrow’s race at Silverstone after posting times just 0.004 seconds apart in a close-run qualifying contest. The quickest lap of the session, however, was set by Nelson Piquet Jr, but the Brazilian wi weiter >>
ROUND 6 – SILVERSTONE, BRITAIN – 9TH JUNE 2006
PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Experiencing unusually hot conditions here at Silverstone, all 26 GP2 cars went out twice today for free practice followed by qualifying at 3.30pm local time. Both Super Nova drivers complained of over steering and lack of grip in the morning practice, although Jose Maria Lope weiter >>
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIESROUND 5 – MONACO– 27TH MAY 2006 MONACO RACE
Monaco's race here today lived up to it's reputation as one full of excitment! In a matter of seconds, unable to find a clear path within the narrow first corners, several cars were caught up an incident stopping weiter >>
Lewis Hamilton dominated today's race in Monaco with a lights to flag victory, which pushed the Englishman to a clear championship lead and sent the strongest possible warning to his rivals of his strong title ambitions. Hamilton was never headed during the race, including his pitstop, and collected hi weiter >>
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIESFRIDAY PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
With a schedule similar to the old F3000 weekends, the GP2 teams had 30 minutes free practice followed by qualifying this morning, with the drivers getting weighed between sessions. Jose made an impressive s weiter >>
We talk to Olivier Pla after his best qualifying performance of the year for DPR Direxiv GP2 Series: An eventful qualifying session for you today: how did you see it?
Olivier Pla: Actually it was okay: I'm happy but I'm also a little disappointed because I couldn' weiter >>
We talk to Lewis Hamilton, pole-sitter for tomorrow's race in Monaco GP2 Series: Lewis, pole position in Monaco: how does that feel?
Lewis Hamilton: I am absolutely thrilled! We've been quick all day: second quickest this morning, and then in qualifying it was awesome. We made some weiter >>
We talk to Franck Perera, second on tomorrow's grid for Dams. GP2 Series: Franck, second today in Monaco: you must be over the moon.
Franck Perera: Yeah I'm very satisfied, for the team especially, because I think all this season we have been competitive for the sp weiter >>
We talk to Gimmi Bruni, third on tomorrow's grid for Trident Racing GP2 Series: Gimmi, third today: were you happy with your session? Gimmi Bruni: I think maybe GP2 should think about having two sessions because with 26 cars on the circuit it's very difficult weiter >>
Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for tomorrow’s sole GP2 series race in Monaco after dominating today’s qualifying session. The ART Grand Prix driver was one of the first on track at the start of a busy and disrupted session, and after setting the early pace was never headed. He will be joined on the front weiter >>
Nach den ersten acht Wertungsläufen zur diesjährigen GP2-Serie läuft momentan für Nelson Piquet jr. noch alles nach seinem Masterplan: Er führt weiterhin die Meisterschaft an, doch langsam aber sicher wird die Luft dünner,und das liegt an dem englischen Wunderknaben Lewis Hamilton der nach dem 8. Lauf auf dem C weiter >>
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIES ROUND 4 – BARCELONA, SPAIN – 14TH MAY 2006
This weekend has been a tough and testing time for the Super Nova team, with unfortunately no rewards, just feedback to work from for future races. After yesterday’s back of the grid res weiter >>
Ernesto Viso has won today's race in Barcelona from Nelson Piquet Jr and Alex Premat. Ernesto Viso has taken his second GP2 win of the season in a tight but uneventful race two in Barcelona, holding on to beat Nelson Piquet Jr, Alex Premat and Lewis Hamilton to the chequered flag.
Viso w weiter >>
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIESROUND 4 – BARCELONA, SPAIN – 13TH MAY 2006 RACE ONE
Early yesterday evening it was confirmed that that Lewis Hamilton and five other drivers would be stripped of their two quickest times for not complying to the yellow flag regul weiter >>
Alex Premat has taken victory from under his ART Grand Prix team-mate's nose on the final lap of today's race in Barcelona
Alex Premat has taken victory on the final lap of race one in Barcelona after tapping teammate and long time leader Lewis Hamilton into a spin, weiter >>
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIESROUND 4 – BARCELONA, SPAIN – 12TH MAY 2006QUALIFYING
Morning rain dampened the track for free practice here at the Circuit de Catalunya today, but by qualifying this afternoon the sun had come out and temperatures were high along with team hopes. Sup weiter >>
Check on the new classification from today's qualifying after six drivers were penalised by the stewards
Nelson Piquet Jr will start tomorrow’s race from pole position after Lewis Hamilton and five other drivers had their two best laps stripped from them for not heeding yellow flag warnings. Lewis (ART Grand Prix), Gimmi Bruni (Trident Racing), Nicolas Lapierre (A weiter >>
We ask Xandi the important questions about racing, music and, of course, about girls. GP2 Series: When did you know you wanted to be a racing driver, and why?
Xandi Negrao: I started really young, well not so young really, I was ten and my father was a racing driv weiter >>
1. Nelson A. Piquet Piquet Sport 27 2. Lewis Hamilton ART Grand Prix 26 3. Nicolas Lapierre Arden International 25 4. Gianmaria Bruni Trident Racing 19 5. Ernesto Viso Isport International 19 6. Michael Ammermuller Arden International 17 7. Alex Premat ART Grand Prix 13 8. Jose Maria Lopez Super Nova Int'l 13 weiter >>
We talk to Hiroki Yoshimoto who finished fourth in today's race for BCN Competicion. GP2 Series:Do you feel that your first GP2 win got away from you today?
Hiroki Yoshimoto: The first one or two laps when he caught me I thought I could weiter >>
ROUND 3 – NURBURGRING, GERMANY – 07TH MAY 2006 RACE TWO
Several cars stalled at the beginning of the warm up lap this morning, altering the grid line up for today’s sprint race here in Germany. iSport’s Ernesto Viso, one of whom had to start from the pit lane left a weiter >>
We talk to Jose Maria Lopez, third in today's race for Super Nova International GP2 Series:
After the heartache of yesterday you must be very happy with a podium today.
Jose Maria Lopez: After yesterday I was a little bit disappointed to lose th weiter >>
We talk to Nicolas Lapierre, second in today's race for Arden International GP2 Series:
Nicolas, it looked like a tough race but you got another podium and you’re third in the championship. You must be delighted.
We talk to Adam Carroll who scored a double points finish at the Nurburgring for Racing Engineering. GP2 Series:
So how was your race today?
Adam Carroll: Today wasn't bad: I got a good start and moved up to third, and the race panned out from there weiter >>
We catch up with Lewis Hamilton after his astonishing double win at the Nurburgring GP2 Series:
Lewis, congratulations. I’m not sure if you’re aware but the first and only driver in 2005 to have scored two wins in the same weekend in the GP2 series was Nico Rosberg. This weeken weiter >>
Lewis Hamilton has taken victory in today’s race at the Nürburgring after a sensational display which saw him overcome a drive-through penalty to win by almost 20 seconds. The ART Grand Prix driver was joined on the podium by his team-mate Alex Prémat in second an weiter >>
2006 INTERNATIONAL GP2 SERIES- RACE ONE
The 35 lap race got off to a great start for Super Nova driver Jose Maria Lopez here in sunny Nurburgring today, seeing him move up from 5th to 2nd behind Lewis Hamilton. Fairuz Fauzy who started from the back of the grid weiter >>
Lewis Hamilton has won today's race for ART Grand Prix after a masterful drive at the Nurburgring. The potential Lewis Hamilton has shown in the first two rounds finally came to the fore in race one at the Nurburgring, where he dominated the field to win by almost twenty seconds. The amiable weiter >>
1. N. Piquet Jnr Piquet Sports 1:40.799
2. F. Perera DAMS 1:41.241
3. L. Hamilton ART Grand Prix 1:41.325
4. H. YOSHIMOTO BCN Competicion 1:41.406
5. J. LOPEZ Super Nova International 1:41.471
6. A. PREMAT ART Grand Prix 1:41.478
7. A. CARROLL Racing Engine weiter >>
Super Nova driver Jose Maria Lopez, who was quickest in the practice session this morning, began this afternoon’s qualifying determined to be up at the top. He set the pace from the beginning, driving consistently& finally qualifying in 5th position for tomorrow’s ra weiter >>
We catch up with Franck Perera, second on tomorrow's starting grid for Dams. GP2 Series: Franck, your first front row start in GP2 – how does it feel?
Franck Perera: I'm really happy and satisfied because we had a really difficult and bad start to the season after a really good winter weiter >>
We talk to Nelson Piquet Jr, pole sitter for tomorrow's GP2 race at the Nurburgring. GP2 Series: Pole position again for you, Nelson – how was qualifying?
Nelson Piquet Jr: It was very good after the bad practice we had this morning because of an weiter >>
We talk to Hiroki Yoshimoto - fourth on tomorrow's grid for BCN Competicion GP2 Series: Fourth place, you must be pretty happy with that.
Hiroki Yoshimoto: Yeah. My aim was to be in the first or second row at least. I was really confident because we had a small problem on the set-up in pra weiter >>
We talk to Lewis Hamilton, third on tomorrow's grid (for a third weekend in a row) for ART Grand PrixGP2 Series: Third again today – are you happy with your job today?
Lewis Hamilton: Yeah, I think today was not too bad. Third again: at least we're consistent! We need to have pole weiter >>
Championship leader grabs pole position for tomorrow's race in Germany. Championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr has put his weekend back on track by claiming a strong pole at the Nurburgring, stopping the clock with a lap of 1:40.799, set just minutes before the end of qualifying.
Piquet, who had only two weiter >>
Jose Maria Lopez has put his Super Nova International at the top of the timesheets in this morning's practice session. Jose Maria Lopez has set the pace in the opening session at the Nurburgring, claiming the top spot on the time sheets in free practice with a time of 1:41.885.
The Argentine set his fa weiter >>