The end of the 2015 GP2 season has been bitter-sweet when the final race was interrupted due to a big accident involving several cars, and nobody rated. However, both Racing Engineering as a team and Alexander Rossi as a driver have won the runner-up position this year.
The last round of the 2015 GP2 Series took place at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Both drivers of the Spanish team scored the fastest times in the free practice. But with the nightfall under the floodlights in the circuit, the qualifying session ended with results below expectations. Alexander and Jordan finished in seventh and eighth place respectively.
Starting from the fourth row of the grid on the next day, Racing Engineering drivers were based on different tyre strategies. The compound Pirelli ‘supersoft’ worked fine for Rossi, who finished the race in a well-deserved fourth place. He scored enough to secure the championship. For his part, King crossed the finish line in sixth position after changing his tires.
Sunday was the final day of the championship, full of emotions for the whole team. Although both drivers did a good start keeping third and fourth positions, a big accident involving several cars forced the race to be red flagged to repair the track barriers. Unfortunately, the damage was so bad and there was no time to repair the barriers before the F1 Grand Prix, so the GP2 Sprint Race was cancelled, putting an end to the last race and the championship.
Jordan King: “It’s been a massive anti-climax, you build yourself up, put in a lot of energy and especially for the last race of the year you want to go out with a good result and so it was quite surreal to just get out of the car and that’s it. It’s annoying as I would have liked a trophy to finish the season and some more points would have jumped me up a few places but from a team point of view we were second in the championship so all in all it’s not so bad”.
Alexander Rossi: “It has been a fantastic season and we should be very proud of what we’ve accomplished and being second on the drivers and team championships I think is an amazing result. We’ve had some disappointments but we’ve always come back from them and we took three race wins which is a great thing.”
This week all the teams will be back in action in Abu Dhabi for the annual post-season test. The drivers to run in the Racing Engineering cars are: Luca Ghiotto (Italy), Jordan King (UK), Norman Nato (France) and Sergey Sirotkin (Russia).
We, at Badtoro, congratulate all the Racing Engineering team for all their hard work this season, with which they have won this deserved second place. Congratulations!
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