Rodolfo Gonzalez looks to GP2 ‘favourite’ Monaco
Attleborough-based Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez is looking forward to taking on one of his favourite circuits after finishing on a high in Spain.
The 25-year-old Trident racer battled back in the second race of the GP2 Main Series' second round in Barcelona to finish strongly in top 10 – with round three in Monaco next up this weekend.
It had not started well for Gonzalez, who had to settle on 18th from Friday's qualifying, and a coming together early in Saturday's feature race put paid to his hopes of making up places.
But Sunday's sprint race saw Gonzalez make his mark, narrowly avoiding Jules Bianchi and Giedo van der Garde's crash and rising to 13th behind the ensuing safety car.
The carnage continued in front of Gonzalez, but he kept his cool before overtaking fellow Venezuelan Johnny Cecotto to finish 10th at the flag.
Now Gonzalez can set his sights on the streets of Monte Carlo and his first points of the season.
'There's been some tense moments at the start when Van der Garde and Bianchi made contact in front of me and I was almost hit by a piece of debris from Giedo's car – nonetheless, I managed to keep my nose clean,' said Gonzalez.
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'The car proved really consistent over the whole distance, and I didn't suffer from excessive tyre wear until five laps to go when I started experiencing heavy oversteer.
'I believe that with no traffic I could have lapped on faster times, but that's the way it goes when you're not starting from one of the front rows.
'Now I'm looking forward to Monte Carlo, one of my favourite circuits. I hope for a good qualifying result in order to start my weekend in the best possible way.'