Pole, Podiums, and Points for Speed at Barcelona
Speed now leads GP2 championship
New York, NY (8 May 2005)-2002 Red Bull Driver Search winner Scott Speed had a big weekend in Barcelona, taking his first GP2 pole position and going on to step up to the podium in both races. Speed collected enough points this weekend to move into the championship lead, tied with Heikki Kovalainen.
Speed qualified on the pole for the first race by a remarkable margin, lapping some .448 seconds faster than the rest of the field. His race was hampered when a balky clutch got him off to a slow start, but Speed fought back and was catching the leader in the closing stages of the race. He ran out of laps to make a clean move, so he wisely brought the car home in second place, taking the championship points.
The GP2 Series races on the same tracks and weekends as Formula 1 in Europe, staging an hour-long race on Saturday, and a second race with a sprint format on Sunday morning. The grid for the second race is formed in a novel fashion, with the top eight finishers from the first race being inverted at the front of the field for the sprint race. With the inverted order, Speed started back in seventh in the second race, but fought his way up to take third at the checkered flag, just three seconds behind the leader. Speed has now finished on the podium three times in four GP2 races, having suffered a mechanical DNF in the fourth.
"Pole and two podiums isn�t a bad weekend at all," smiled Speed. "I was surprised to make up that many positions in the second race, because it�s just so difficult to pass here."
The GP2 Series will race next at the world-famous Monaco circuit in support of the Formula 1 race in two weeks time.
"Monaco is a tricky place, so pretty much anything can happen there," said Speed. "It�s is one of the most famous races in the world, so it�s going to be exciting to be racing on that track," said Speed, who hopes to be the first to fulfill the goal of the Red Bull Driver Search program and move into Formula 1.
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