Maldonado hangs on to win at Spa

Pastor Maldonado took yet another feature race victory at Spa-Francorchamps today, although he only just managed to hang on under heavy pressure from Alvaro Parente at the end

Maldonado hangs on to win at Spa

The Rapax driver was struggling with his car and almost certainly would not have held off Coloni stand-in Parente for another lap.

Parente, who led most of the race before making a late stop, closed rapidly on the series leader during the final lap, but was just too far back to make a move at the Bus Stop.

Another stand-in driver, Romain Grosjean (subbing for injured Ho-Pin Tung at DAMS), took third place after fellow podium contenders Jerome d'Ambrosio and Sergio Perez ran into trouble. D'Ambrosio, who started on pole but lost the lead to Maldonado when both pitted together, eventually retired.

Perez (Addax) took third on the first lap and kept the spot after the stops, but lost that when he had to serve a drive-through for pitlane speeding.

A first-lap accident involving Sam Bird (ART) and Dani Clos (Racing Engineering) caused a safety car interruption, but the race ran green from the restart on lap four.


Pos Driver                Team                    Time/Gap
 1. Pastor Maldonado      Rapax                 52m27.763s
 2. Alvaro Parente        Coloni                    +0.243
 3. Romain Grosjean       DAMS                      +4.766
 4. Charles Pic           Arden                    +13.815
 5. Luca Filippi          Super Nova               +16.085
 6. Oliver Turvey         iSport                   +21.117
 7. Sergio Perez          Addax                    +21.713
 8. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Arden                    +27.375
 9. Giedo van der Garde   Addax                    +30.834
10. Johnny Cecotto Jr     Trident                  +32.342
11. Christian Vietoris    Racing Engineering       +32.772
12. Fabio Leimer          Ocean                    +33.642
13. Marcus Ericsson       Super Nova               +34.932
14. Jules Bianchi         ART                      +40.297
15. Adrian Zaugg          Trident                  +41.390
16. Luiz Razia            Rapax                    +45.553
17. Max Chilton           Ocean                    + 1 lap
18. Davide Valsecchi      iSport                   + 1 lap
19. Vlado Arabadjiev      Coloni                  + 3 laps

Retirements

    Jerome D'Ambrosio     DAMS                     20 laps
    Michael Herck         DPR                      18 laps
    Fabrizio Crestani     DPR                       2 laps
    Sam Bird              ART                       0 laps
    Daniel Clos           Racing Engineering        0 laps
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