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GP Week : Issue 18
F1 NEWS >> BRUNO Senna took his second GP2 win of the season in terrible conditions on Sunday at Silverstone to keep championship rival Giorgio Pantano well within his sights. The Brazilian, and his iSport International team-mate Karun Chandhok who took a magnificent podium in Saturday’s thrilling dry GP2 race, carried GPWEEK signage on their cars at the British Grand Prix weekend, pictured left. The Brazilian was thrilled with his Sunday win, which made up for a frustrating Saturday race in which he had failed to convert pole into a win and had watched his rival Pantano take victory. “It was a good race, a difficult race, but a good race,” he told GPWEEK. “I pushed when I could push and I didn’t when I couldn’t because there were a lot of yellow flags and accidents. I had a good lead so I just built it up and got the win. I have to thank the team because they gave me a great wet car and it’s not always that you can have such a good car in the wet and push.” The Brazilian is also becoming wary of the potential threat caused by his countryman Lucas di Grassi. The Renault F1 tester and last year’s GP2 runner up returned to the series in Magny-Cours and in four races has amassed three podiums. “Yeah of course. He’s very experienced, he’s driving well and he has a good team. I think the conditions are good for him to challenge for the championship. He’s a bit behind us and he hasn’t had his bad weekend yet. You know motor racing – it’s always full of tricks.” ART Grand Prix driver Luca Filippi also carried GPWEEK logos. He had a tough weekend, finishing eighth in Saturday’s race. He started on pole for Sunday’s race (giving GPWEEK P1 on both GP2 grids!) and, despite leading the early running, spun out in the treacherous conditions. Senna takes GPWEEK to victory GIORGIO Pantano’s incredible win in Saturday’s GP2 Series race has seen the 29-year-old Italian become the most successful driver in history at F1 feeder series level. Pantano’s Magny Cours victory two weeks ago had seen him overtake Jochen Rindt’s record of 12 wins in Formula 2 to draw level with Mike Thackwell’s combined total of 13 F2 and F3000 wins. But following his win in Saturday race, when the Italian passed title rival Romain Grosjean and long- time race-leader Lucas di Grassi in the final laps, Pantano has set a new record. He now sits as the most successful GP2 driver of all time with eight wins, and the most successful driver of all time at this level with a combined F3000/GP2 tally of 14 wins. “It feels very good,” he told GPWEEK, “especially following a race like this. It was wonderful, fantastic, just brilliant. I am so excited for this race because I think I made the difference today. We know the problem with rear tyres at this circuit and I just tried to save the tyres for the end of the race.” Pantano sets new record Italian becomes the biggest winner in not- quite-F1 history ... 11