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Asia: Abu Dhabi II: Arden race 1 report

Points for Villa, but no joy for luckless Pic Charles Pic's hopes of a maiden GP2 Series victory were dented within moments of the start at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, today. After qualifying on pole position, Pic faltered momentarily...

Points for Villa, but no joy for luckless Pic

Charles Pic's hopes of a maiden GP2 Series victory were dented within moments of the start at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, today. After qualifying on pole position, Pic faltered momentarily as the lights went out and slipped behind eventual race winner Oliver Turvey. Series leader David Valsecchi, Turvey's iSport team-mate, soon passed Pic, too, although the top three remained close until the mandatory pit stops. Pic's race was ruined just before half-distance, however, when Luca Filippi (Meritus) barged him off the track. The Frenchman's car was damaged in the impact and he dropped back to finish 11th.

There was some compensation for the Arden team, though. New signing Javier Villa ran a strong fifth in the early stages and an early tyre stop triggered a string of quick laps that moved him up to third once his rivals had pitted. He subsequently dropped behind Jules Bianchi (ART) and Filippi, but regained fourth place when Filippi's car cut out on the final lap -- an encouraging result given that he joined the team only a few days before the race.

Charles:

"My start was not so good and I lost out to Oliver Turvey at the first corner. A few laps later Davide Valsecchi overtook me on the pit straight, so I dropped to third before my tyre stop. I lost some time in the pits, which cost me another couple of places, and then Filippi hit me from behind. The right rear corner of my car was quite badly damaged, so it was hard to drive but I just did my best. I have to start from midfield tomorrow, but I'll be pushing hard to score points to make up for today's disappointment."

Javier:

"It was a good race for me. I would obviously prefer to have been on the podium, but fourth place was not too bad given that I have never previously driven for Arden and I haven't raced at Yas Marina before. I have learned circuit properly now, though, so I'm hoping to secure a podium finish in tomorrow's sprint race."

-source: arden

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Series GP2
Drivers Davide Valsecchi , Oliver Turvey , Charles Pic , Jules Bianchi , Javier Villa