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GP Week : Issue 27
GP–2 the wire > F1NEWS> FOLLOWING a race of dire fortune for the championship contenders in Belgium, the GP2 series will be decided at the final round of the season for the fourth year in a row. Bruno Senna was handed a drive through penalty in the Saturday race and was put into retirement on Sunday in a collision with Sebastien Buemi. Giorgio Pantano, meanwhile, was excluded from the entire event following what the stewards termed “reckless driving and unsportsmanlike behaviour.” But for Senna’s two points for pole, neither driver scored a single point all weekend. With Pantano leading Senna by 11 points and just one round remaining, the championship will thus be decided this weekend in Monza. Senna, however, remains confident of success. “I never leave fighting spirit behind, because it feels like something has been taken away from you and you’re powerless to fight against it. It’s a very dull feeling,”he told journalists in Belgium when discussing his penalty. “We’ve been amazingly quick in Paul Ricard testing with Monza downforce,”he continued. “We were really quick. I have a great team behind me and they are supporting me all the way and we will do the best job we can. Pantano made so many mistakes in the last three or four rounds, but we have not been able to take advantage of that because of circumstances. But that’s how it goes.” Pantano, however, will arrive at Monza, his home track and one at which he has taken three GP2 victories, rested and optimistic: “I have already forgotten this weekend. I think everyone can see what they [the stewards] have done to me, and I don’t want to comment because it’s not easy to comment,”Pantano told GPWeek of his exclusion from the Belgian weekend – a penalty which the stewards handed to the Italian for passing behind the safety car and for his error under braking on the penultimate lap at the La Source hairpin which saw him take out Lucas di Grassi. “But they [the stewards] have given me one day off. They have given me an advantage because I am more relaxed now, I have done less kilometres in the car, I am strong physically and I have more time to prepare for Monza. I want to win and close out this championship.” Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 11