Paddock Postcard from Hungary 05 Aug 2007
Ahead of Sundays Hungarian Grand Prix, there was plenty of excitement in GP2 at the Hungaroring on Saturday as Adam Carroll took his second victory of the year in a dramatic race dominated by a big accident on the pit straight.
Luca Filippi lost control of his Super Nova International car, which slid one way and then back on itself in the final corner before striking the outside tyre wall very hard and then spinning into the path of oncoming traffic. Vitaly Petrov collected Filippis detached rear wing, himself spun, and was collected by Xandi Negrao.
Carroll, who had been leading at the time because he had not yet made his pit stop, then did so immediately as the safety car contained the field. He was able to rejoin ahead of Karun Chandok, who had also yet to stop, and was then hounded to the flag by Kazuki Nakajima. The Japanese driver was on strong form all weekend, and for the first time in GP2 was racing in front of his illustrious father, former Lotus and Tyrrell driver Satoru, who made his first F1 appearance since Suzuka last year.
Another former F1 face in attendance was 1992 Andrea Moda pilot Perry McCarthy, who is now working with ING. And 1996 world champion Damon Hill was also on hand, deputising for British TV commentator Martin Brundle, and was accompanied by karting son Joshua.