Telmex Arden International’s Turkish weekend review

Telmex Arden International’s Turkish weekend review

07.06.2009: Telmex Arden International’s Turkish weekend ended on a brighter note in this morning’s GP2 Series sprint race at Istanbul Park. From 14th and 23rd on the grid, Edoardo Mortara and Sergio Perez made solid progress and worked

Istanbul Race 2 : Strength from the depths…

Telmex Arden International’s Turkish weekend ended on a brighter note in this morning’s GP2 Series sprint race at Istanbul Park. From 14th and 23rd on the grid, Edoardo Mortara and Sergio Perez made solid progress and worked their way up the field to finish ninth and 16th respectively – insufficient to earn either of them a point, but a positive note on which to finish a trying weekend. Arden is now focused on returning to its customary place at the front of the field when racing resumes at Silverstone on June 20/21.


“I didn’t make a brilliant start, but it was good enough. I didn’t make up any places of the line, but passed three cars under braking for Turn One. That was the highlight of my race! After that I struggled to keep my tyres in good shape, although I enjoyed a nice little fight with Alvaro Parente on the final lap. It’s always good to finish a race – something that can’t be taken for granted as a rookie in this series.

“During the next few races I need to concentrate on better qualifying performances, because overall this weekend has been yet another learning experience – but then I’ve never scored any particularly good results at Istanbul Park. Maybe the circuit doesn’t really suit my style. At Silverstone we need to be more competitive in general – and I’m sure we will be.”


“I made a good start and gained a few positions without taking any risks – I wanted to make sure I stayed out of trouble after yesterday. The car was definitely faster this morning, but I was unable to show it because I was trapped behind Giedo van der Garde and there was no way through. I’m really looking forward to the next race, though, because I have won races at Silverstone in the past.”

Accidents will happen…  Istanbul Race 1

Telmex Arden International drivers Sergio Perez and Edoardo Mortara had a fruitless time in the first of this weekend’s GP2 Series races at Istanbul Park, Turkey. Perez made a bright start from 24th place and immediately gained several positions, but he collided with GP2 Asia champion Kamui Kobayashi on lap two and both drivers were forced to retire on the spot. From 16th on the grid, Mortara made a lively start but then dropped back after a slower car forced him to run wide.

A spirited recovery followed, but his race ended shortly after a mid-race Safety Car period. Edoardo was running three abreast into the hairpin when rival Dani Clos clipped the Italian amidships and caused him to spin off.
“My poor weekend seems to be continuing. This really wasn’t a good race, despite a promising start. Lucas Di Grassi broke his nose on the opening lap, but opted to continue. I was behind him and had to run wide to avoid hitting him at Turn Three, where he braked early. That dropped me from 13th to 23rd, so my race was pretty much over. I carried on pushing as hard as I could – and the team did a great job during my tyre stop, which gained me a few places.

“When the race restarted after the Safety Car interruption, I was approaching the hairpin with Karun Chandhok to my right and Dani Clos to my left. I defended my position, but Clos crossed the inside kerb and hit me, so that was that. I am disappointed with today’s result and I’m starting from the lower midfield again tomorrow, so I just aim to stay out of trouble and do whatever I can. It would be good to finish the weekend on a high. You must never say never in this business.”

: “After yesterday’s qualifying session we made set-up changes to the car and were definitely heading in the right direction. After a good start I felt confident I could work my way into the top eight, but Kobayashi came from nowhere on lap two and hit me on the left-hand side, which put me out. It has been another bad weekend for me so far and tomorrow I’ll start at the back. The aim will be to find a good chassis balance and make sure we’re in good shape for the next race at Silverstone, the team’s home event.”

- Deborrah Lyall - photo GP2 -


07.06.2009 / MaP

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