• British Grand Prix - GP2 - Race 2

Perez kick-starts title challenge

ESPNF1 Staff
July 11, 2010
Sergio Perez celebrates his win in the sprint race at Silverstone © Sutton Images

Sergio Perez dominated the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone to take victory by more than 15 seconds from Oliver Turvey and Dani Clos. Championship leader and yesterday's winner Pastor Maldonado was fourth.

Perez, who started on the second row, made a flying start to slot in behind the iSport duo of Turvey and Davide Valsecchi, overtaking Valsecchi on the third lap and then Turvey a lap later. He then added the fastest lap for another point. Valsecchi continued to struggle as he was duly taken by Clos and Maldonado on the tenth lap

A relieved Perez said he was delighted that finally his luck held out. " It's been a really tough championship so far, even though we've been the quickest, most consistent car out there, for some reason or the other we have not had the final results we should have, so it's good to be back. After qualifying we were P10, so not looking too good, my luck was not good and I did a good job but the car wasn't there, so we improved the car over the weekend, and I think today we were the fastest car out there and completely dominated the race."

"[Perez] caught me so quickly, his pace was much, much stronger, and he was able to overtake me easily on the brakes," Turvey admitted. "It was unfortunate, you know, because we were unable to have a battle for the lead."

After a blank weekend in Spain, Perez's win took him back to fourth in the standings at the halfway point of the season, although Maldonado's lead is now such that he is odds-on favourite for the title.