Luca Ghiotto secured his maiden GP2 Series podium during Sunday’s Sprint race at Silverstone despite having had a troubled practice and qualifying, having started at the back of the field for Saturday’s Feature race after failing to set a time in qualifying due to a mechanical issue.
The Trident driver drove a brilliant race to fifth on Saturday, then drove strongly to race into second, and even challenged Jordan King for the race victory before tyre degradation got the better of him and forced him to settle for second.
Ghiotto believes the team deserved the result on Sunday after so much hard work, and felt that his own on-track performance merited the runners-up spot, which he believes bodes well for future events.
“It feels good, and it’s strange to think that a few days ago I was stopped on the side of the track without even setting a lap in qualifying!” said Ghiotto on the official GP2 Series website.
“The things come when you don’t expect them, and it’s incredible how the weekend went: I’m really happy, not just for the podium because we deserved it, it wasn’t luck but something we earned on track, because we were good in race pace which was a problem in previous races, so it looks like we’ve swapped completely the situation!
“It feels really good, and even though my front left was gone fortunately the rain came, and P2 is an incredible result. I just have to thank the team, because we are all doing a good job and every time is a step forward, so if we can keep going like then in a few races it can be even better.”