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GP Week : Issue 51
GP2: Maldonado turns up the he A FTER looking like an unstoppable force in the opening two weekends of the season, Romain Grosjean has now gone two GP2 weekends without a race win. And while the Frenchman still stands on top of the championship table with four rounds of the 2009 season down, the battle for the crown is really heating up behind him. Silverstone started as had Barcelona and Monaco – with Grosjean looking to be the dominant force by topping both practice and qualifying, taking the two points for pole in the process and recapturing the top spot in the table that he had lost to his team-mate Vitaly Petrov in Turkey. Come Saturday’s race, however, Grosjean once again just didn’t seem to have the pace. He had been joined on the front row by Alberto Valerio, pictured right, and no sooner had the lights gone out than Valerio was making his intentions on first place known. He swarmed all over Grosjean, putting the championship leader under immense pressure, which finally paid off with a bold move for the lead. It was an advantage the Brazilian would not let slip, and Valerio never seemed to be flustered by the advances of countryman Lucas di Grassi, who had also managed to find a way past Grosjean. Meanwhile, the Frenchman plummeted like a stone and fell behind Nico Hulkenberg, who wrapped up third spot, and Sergio Perez, who 30 had driven an astonishing race from 25th on the grid to finish fourth. Grosjean took fifth with Chandhok sixth, Maldonado seventh and Andi Zuber eighth and on pole for Sunday. Valerio’s win was the first feature race win in three years for the Piquet GP team, but the big news was that Pastor Maldonado had once again scored points … the only man of the year to have scored in every race. Starting on the front row for the sprint sent an ominous message, and one that was to be realised only too vividly for Andi Zuber. Maldonado gunned into the lead at the very first corner and never looked back. Despite a Safety Car for the stricken car of Dani Clos in the closing stages, the Venezuelan looked like he hadn’t a care in the world at the wheel of his car. It was on rails. Zuber held on for his second podium of the year, the first he’d actually get to stand on, however, while Karun Chandhok drove a measured and mature race to hold off Grosjean and take Ocean Racing’s first ever podium in third. Grosjean finished fourth with Hulkenberg fifth and Perez sixth. While the Addax cars remain on top of the championship pile in first and second, a familiar foe is coming back into the mix. With Maldonado third and Hulkenberg fourth, ART Grand Prix are breathing down Addax’s neck. Next stop is Germany, and this championship’s half way point. It’s shaping up to be a super competitive season.