Di Grassi Takes Surprise Win

F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia - Practice

Malaysian Grand Prix

The rain failed to deliver, but Lucas di Grassi not only finished the first race for Virgin, but also put himself the quickest of the new teams in Malaysia.

Excellent qualifying performances from Heikki Kovalainen and Timo Glock saw them both reach Q2 for the first time this season. However the race panned out much differently, with both losing places right from the start. Then just a lap in, Glock spun under breaking and hit Jarno Trulli. Glock was out, Trulli continued on.

In a fairly uneventful race for the new boys, the only other non-finisher was Kovalainen, who retired from hydraulics issues. He did come out towards the end of the race, but failed to reach the required 90% of the race leaders laps to score any points.

Towards the end of the race, Karun Chandhok managed to pass Jarno Trulli. But it was soon shown that he had an hydraulic problem. He dragged his car right up till the end making sure the home fans got to see a Lotus car finish.

It was a good day for both Hispania drivers, Karun Chandhok finishing his second race in a row while Bruno Senna also scored his first points.

Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 14th 10
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 15th 6
3 Bruno Senna Hispania 16th 4
4 Jarno Trulli Lotus 17th 3
5 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus N.C 0
6 Timo Glock Virgin Racing Ret. 0


Championship Standings


A good week for Lucas di Grassi as he jumps from last to 3rd. Kovalainen sees his lead cut to just 6 points by Chandhok. Bruno Senna scores his first points and Timo Glock is the only driver in a new team yet to finish.

  Driver Team Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 20
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 14
3 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 10
4 Jarno Trulli Lotus 9
5 Bruno Senna Hispania 4
6 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 0



Hispania close the gap to Lotus to just 11 points. Virgin Racing are also off the mark.

  Team Points
1 Lotus 29
2 Hispania 18
3 Virgin Racing 10

Posted on April 4, 2010, in New Teams Championship. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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