AN EXERCISE IN DAMAGE LIMITATION...
Arden International's GP2 Series campaign ended quietly this afternoon at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Restricted to 20th on the grid in the wake of problems in both qualifying and yesterday's feature event, Charles Pic drove a solid, sensible race. He carved his way up to 12th place by half-distance, but the gap to the cars ahead subsequently proved insuperable and that's where the Frenchman finished.
From 10th on the grid, team-mate Rodolfo Gonzalez had high hopes of challenging for points, but he was bundled wide on the opening lap and subsequently dropped to the tail of the field. He spent the balance on the race chasing a closely matched midfield group and crossed the line in 17th position.
"This was a disappointing way to end the season -- I took the car as far as I could today. I will take a lot of positives from the year as a whole. We scored a race victory and podium finishes -- and this has been a major step forward for my future career. I'd like to thank the team for all their hard work and as a result of their efforts I know I will be a stronger driver in 2011."
"I got pushed wide at the start, ran onto the dirty side of the track and spun. I subsequently managed to recover some ground and my pace was better than yesterday, so I'm happy about that. All in all it was a difficult weekend at the end of a tough season. I'm on a steep learning curve, but I feel I have learned a lot and that will be invaluable next season."