Hard-fought race for Canamasas at Silverstone

Starting from the 9th row of the grid, Carlin driver drove a superb first stint running 8th but finally took the chequered flag in 13th. Despite his Carlin-entered Dallara GP2/11 wasn´t optimal in terms of performance, struggling for high-speed corner pace, Canamasas finished 13th, three spots out of the points.

Sergio Canamasas has contested Saturday´s GP2 Series sprint race at Silverstone and, despite his race was compromised when he was given a drop of 3 grid positions, the Barcelona-born driver has fought hard. Oliver Rowland´s dubious driving tactics in free practice resulted in Canamasas complaining as he avoided no less than three clashes with his British rival. For reasons difficult to comprehend, the only Spanish driver in the series was given a three-place grid penalty for feature race.

Lined up 17th on the starting grid and on his hard set of tires, Canamasas passed three cars on lap one and completed a long first stint on this compound. He ran in 8th before heading into the pit lane for his mandatory pit stop and switched to soft tires but after a few laps, his Dallara struggled with pace again. After 29 laps, Canamasas brought home a 13th place finish.

“We have gained four places from our original grid slot but obviously you always expect something else. Besides, Silverstone isn´t an easy track to pass other cars and our race pace wasn’t particularly brilliant either. My car struggled for high-speed corner pace, both on soft and hard tire compound”, Canamasas underlined. For tomorrow, he adds that “the cloudy sky was there all the day long with no rain. Rain would give us the best chance of scoring points on Sunday. So, I really hope for rain!”.

Sprint race is due to start at 9.25, local time.