Durango - Davide Valsecchi (Winner) Alberto Valerio (15th)
Italian driver, italian team, Italian circuit, italian anthem for a victory which absolutely could not get away from Durango today. Davide Valsecchi this morning has been able to transform all his enormous talent and class in a victory , fully dominating Monza race 2. Alberto Valerio finished fifteenth because of a contact just after the start.
Davide with a superbright smile on his face, said: "At the start I have not been quick enough so I lost a couple of positions, but I did not lose my mind because I knew that nothing was compromised. I drove some laps without forcing too much taking the right measures on the wet track and then I took the lead back. I think I drove well, administrating the advantage in the right way without exaggeration. For me this has been a very hard season, I paid a very expensive price for the instanbul crash, but this victory wipes everything away. I dedicate it to all the people who believe in me starting from my family. And I must say a big thank you to everyone working at Durango for all the outstanding support they gave me".
Racing Engineering - Giorgio Pantano (5th) Javier Villa (Excluded)
Giorgio Pantano, crowned yesterday as the 2008 GP2 Champion, finished his campaign with 5th place in today's Sprint Race at Monza in his Racing Engineering Dallara. Giorgio was the sole Racing Engineering driver following Javier Villa's exclusion from today's race.
Once again the skies were grey and it was raining as the cars lined up on the grid for the 21 lap race, and although the conditions were not as bad as yesterday all the drivers had opted for wet tyres. As the lights went out Giorgio was slow away as his car struggled to find grip on the wet circuit and he lost several places into the first chicane. It was very slippery out on the track and there were numerous incidents of cars missing corners and having to cut across the chicanes but Giorgio was looking to gain places and he was quickly moving back up the field passing Asmer to lie 11th behind Tung at the end of the first lap.
Starting lap 2 Giorgio missed the first chicane, along with two other cars, but he correctly moved back behind Tung so as not to incur any penalty. Lap 3 saw Giorgio move his Repsol and Telefónica backed car ahead of Tung to take 10th which quickly became 8th as di Grassi made contact with Conway and Senna causing Senna to loose several places and Conway to retire. Giorgio was now chasing Maldonado and Buemi and on lap 5 he was 1.5s behind the Swiss driver and closing fast.
Giorgio quickly caught Buemi and was immediately looking for a way past trying the outside line at both the first chicane and the Parabolica and on lap 8 he passed the Arden car to take 7th. It was then announced that the Stewards had given di Grassi a drive though-penalty for his earlier incident with Conway so Giorgio was now 6th.
The Racing Engineering car was now closing in on D'Ambrosio and pulling away from Buemi and on lap 11 the Italian passed the Dams car into the chicane to take 5th. Giorgio was now some three seconds behind Maldonado and although he was able to reduce the gap, initially by about a tenth of a second a lap and then, as he closed in, by larger margins there weren't enough laps left and Giorgio had to settle for fifth at the chequered flag.
Although Giorgio would have liked to finish the year with a win it was not to be but once again Racing Engineering have given Giorgio a very competitive car and it was yet another perfectly reliable race for the Spanish Team in what has been a very successful 2008 season for the Sanlucar de Barrameda based team.
Alfonso de Orleans Borbón: "A great end of season capped by a perfect technical team that gave us reliability to win this championship. I have to thank absolutely everyone in this team for the work they've done this season. Congratulations once again to Giorgio, he is a champion. Hope to see him next year in F1."
Giorgio Pantano: “It was a great last race of the season. Unfortunately the start was not good and I dropped back, but the car was very good and I had a good feeling. I tried to get back up and I finished 5th. I want to say thanks to all the team for the job they did this year. It was brilliant. Perfect!"
DAMS - Jerome d.Ambrosio (6th) Kamui Kobayashi (13th)
Today, the second race of the 10th and final round of the 2008 GP2 Series Championship took place on the mythic Monza circuit, home to the 2008 F1 Italian Grand Prix. Jerome d'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi started from 2nd and 22nd places on the grid, and tried to get the best out of the difficult weather conditions as the race was held on a wet track.
Jerome started from the front row thanks to his 7th place yesterday. He had a few problems holding on to his position at the start, and he finally came home sixth scoring an additional point that helped him overtake one of his rivals. He finished the drivers' championship in 11th position.
Kamui fought his way back up through the field and saw the flag in 13th place. His 2008 score was 10 points giving him 16th position in the championship.
DAMS ended the 2008 GP2 Series Championship in 8th spot in the teams' ratings with 31 points. Next year its aim will be to make a big push to the front and go for the title. In the meantime, its next challenge will be the Asian GP2 Championship, which kicks off in a few weeks in Shanghai.