Olivier Pla: "Happy, but disappointed"
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't use my last set of tyres. I was right behind Viso and he made a mistake at the first corner, and I couldn't avoid him because there was nowhere to go - there was no space, he was on the racing line, so...
GP2 Series: Were you surprised that you finished so high up considering you couldn't run in the last ten minutes?
Olivier: Yeah, I said 'f**k, I'm going to be P15 or something now'! For me I think I did a good lap with my second set, but for sure it was not the best lap; some parts I didn't push too hard because I wanted to stay on track and push harder on the final set, which I couldn't do.
GP2 Series: A lot of drivers were complaining about traffic, but you seemed to be okay: how was it for you?
Olivier: I have to say I was quite lucky with my first set of tyres with the traffic: I didn't have a lot of traffic, and I know some drivers were unlucky, but for me it's okay.
GP2 Series: Overall fifth is pretty good for you here, all things considered: what are your hopes for tomorrow?
Olivier: I would like a podium and I will do my best for it, but we will see; a lot of things can happen in the race, and we could have a lot of yellow flags or safety cars, you never know, because street circuits can be like that. We will see.
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 >>
Read today's press release from Germany. The GP2 series makes a welcome return to the Nürburgring this weekend for races five and six of the 2006 season. With four races and four different winners so far this season, the GP2 series is looking set for another ultra-competitive year, and with many pre-season favourites ye weiter >>
Did you win Lucas di grassi's Imola rear-wing endplate? Last week we gave readers of www.gp2series.com the opportunity to win Lucas di Grassi's Durango rear wing endplate, personally signed by the Brazilian in Imola.
The response was incredible and we'd like to thank every one of you who took the time to email us with your answers.
Of course, the answer to the f weiter >>
Read today's press release from Imola, Race 2. Ernesto Viso has won today’s GP2 series race at Imola, taking the first victory for iSport International in the GP2 series ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr (Piquet Sports) and Hiroki Yoshimoto (BCN Competicion.)
The race began with Hiroki making a fantastic start from pole weiter >>
After a tough and very long Saturday for Super Nova, the team were hoping for better results today. A disrupted start saw Valles stall the Campos car on the grid & was hit with force by the Durango driver Di Grassi, issuing a safety car. Jose however began very well & as the race restarted he was up 10 places weiter >>
1 E. VISO iSport International 45:17.116 1:34.431 24
2 N. PIQUET Jr. Piquet Sports 45:17.712 1:34.662 22
3 H. YOSHIMOTO BCN Competicion 45:42.117 1:35.920 22
4 T. GLOCK BCN Competicion 45:46.017 1:36.359 16
5 L. FILIPPI FMS International 45:46.394 1:36.003 20
6 F. PORTEIRO weiter >>
1 G. BRUNI Trident Racing 1:01:13.88 1:35.395 14
2 M. AMMERMUELLER Arden International 1:01:24.796 1:35.680 26
3 N. LAPIERRE Arden International 1:01:28.403 1:35.674 6
4 A. PREMAT ART Grand Prix 1:01:29.602 1:35.981 24
Imola Grand Prix, Italy – Race One – 22nd April
Following on from the F1 qualifying, the first GP2 race this weekend saw plenty of action! Unfortunately for Super Nova it just wasn’t meant to be. Positioned well in second, Jose was set for a win. However difficulties from the very beginning, cau weiter >>
1 G. BRUNI Trident Racing 1:32.691 13
2 J. LOPEZ Super Nova International 1:32.941 12
3 L. HAMILTON ART Grand Prix 1:32.990 11
4 A PREMATART Grand Prix 1:33.138 9
5 H. YOSHIMOTOBCN Competicion 1:33.342 14
6 N. PIQUET Jr. Piquet Sports 1:33.402 12
7 A CARROLL Raci weiter >>
Imola Grand Prix, Italy - Qualifying session – 21st April
Super Nova and the rest of the GP2 teams returned to Imola for the second year racing here, with high hopes! Forecasted rain was nowhere to be seen during the qualifying session today, only blue skies and hot temperatures. Jose Maria Lopez weiter >>
1. Ammermuller Arden International 38:44.0662. Viso iSport International + 9.7563. Lapierre Arden International + 10.2134. Piquet Jr. Piquet Sports + 10.9755. Bruni Trident Racing + 16.5376. Hamilton ART Grand Prix + 18.5107. Negrao Piquet Sports + 32.7468. Glock BCN Competicion + 37.391 weiter >>
GP2 SERIES - ROUND 1 - VALENCIA, SPAIN - 09TH APRIL 2006- SPRINT RACE
Sunny conditions continued throughout the 20 minute warm up session this morning where Super Nova’s No.5 driver Jose Maria Lopez clocked some of the fastest sector times of the session. A disruptive start to the race resulted i weiter >>
Ein Jahr ist seit dem Saisonauftakt 2005 in Imola vergangen,aber in technischer Hinsicht scheint sich im GP2-Bereich nicht viel verbessert zu haben. Noch immer sind die Achillesfersen der Motor,das Getriebe und die Bremsen. Das belegen die vielen Ausfälle im zweiten Rennen. „ Es muss endlich etwas geschehen. Wir werd weiter >>
Nelson Piquet jr. und der deutsche Newcomer Michael Ammermüller sind die ersten beiden Gewinner des diesjährigen GP2-Saisonauftakts im spanischen Valencia.
Der Brasilianer deutete schon nach dem Qualifying an,dass er das Pech aus dem Vorjahr endlich abschütteln möchte als er die beste Rundenzeit weiter >>
Extended quotes from Erneston Viso, second in today's race for iSport International. GP2 series: Quite an eventful race for you – how was it from your seat?
Ernesto Viso: It was quite good – unfortunately I didn’t have such a good start, but during the race I just tried to do my best to keep Lapierre be weiter >>
We talk to today's race winner, Arden International's Michael Ammermuller GP2 series: Your first ever race weekend and you’ve already got a win – how does it feel?
Michael Ammermueller: It feels great! I didn’t expect to be on the podium in the first weekend, and now I have already won a race, and you can’ weiter >>