Buemi well placed for Trust Team Arden ... until penalty kicks in

06.09.2008: Buemi well placed for Trust Team Arden ... until penalty kicks in

Sébastien Buemi qualified his Trust Team Arden Dallara on the third row of the of the grid for tomorrow's GP2 Series feature race at Spa-Francorchamps, where fickle weather is likely to present as much of a challenge as one of the season's most daunting tracks, but only briefly...

It began to rain heavily shortly before qualifying began and Buemi, fourth in this morning's dry free practice, was an in-touch sixth at a circuit blessed with several overtaking opportunities. Unfortunately, however, stewards ruled that he had failed to slow sufficiently at the scene of yellow warning flags. The subsequent five-position penalty means he will start 11th.

Team-mate Luca Filippi was a victim of the slippery conditions. He crashed into a tyre barrier and ended up 20th.

Luca: "The car was good. It felt fast and it’s a shame I didn't get to do the last 10 minutes, because the circuit was getting quicker. I was lying eighth at one point, without even pushing, but then the yellow flags came out. Once the track was clear I pushed some more, but then I touched the white line and spun off. Tomorrow will be a long race and it will be important not to make any mistakes. Hopefully our pace will be good and I will be able to work my way past quite a few of the cars ahead."

Sébastien "That was a difficult session. We had prepared for dry conditions, like everyone else, and had to change at the last minute. I started well and was in fifth place, but there were many yellow flags and I couldn’t push any more. On the last lap I slowed down a little, but still managed to set a good lap time.

That put me seventh, which was effectively sixth because Karun Chandhok had a 10-position penalty from the previous race. Then I was given a penalty of my own because, apparently, I didn’t slow down enough…

That’s very disappointing. As for tomorrow, it’s a long circuit with plenty of opportunities to overtake. I’m hoping it will be wet – and if it is I’m sure I’ll be able to work my way into the top eight."


- Deborah Lyall -

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06.09.2008 / MaP

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