Ocean Racing Technology returns from Abu Dhabi with high hopes
Caldarelli and Turvey have explored several positive leads for the 2011 season
This weekend, Ocean Racing Technology tried out the new GP2 Series Car, the GP2/11 in competition for the first time. Both the team and its drivers learned to really get to know a sophisticated single-seater and to adapt to different driving styles, track conditions, and the new Pirelli tyres. The first races of the GP2 Asia Series, held on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, are a sign of good things to come over the rest of the year. In fact, in the first race, Oliver Turvey was battling it out in the top ten and was potentially in the points when a mechanical problem kept him from seeing the finish line, just two minutes race's end.
For his start in the GP2 Series, Andrea Caldarelli had two solid races in a very competitive field. Unfortunately, for both Oliver and Andrea, the Yas Marina circuit did not give in easily to overtaking and circumstances in the races prevented them from scoring points. After chalking up the 9th fastest lap in the second race, Andrea Caldarelli fell from 11th place to 16th when his suspension gave out. As a result of their mechanical problems, Andrea and Oliver started from the last lines on the starting grid in the second race and were not expecting miracles. "The first race started out well, I had found a good rhythm and the pit strategy was excellent," Oliver Turvey explains, "But ending the first race of the year because of a mechanical problem is frustrating because it wipes out all our efforts for both races. Having said that, we tested many different set-ups and I hope that our work will pay off in Bahrain."
Andrea Caldarelli also feels that the raw results would have been different with a bit more success. Ocean Racing Technology's director, Jose Guedes emphasized that several technical leads were explored in Abu Dhabi, and that indicators are good for the upcoming races. "We are satisfied with the performances of both our drivers, as well as the technical solutions we found over the weekend. Without his technical problem, Oliver Turvey would have finished the first race in the top ten, which would have put him in a great position for the second. Andrea proved fast and solid for his debut in the GP2 Series, and so we are leaving Abu Dhabi disappointed with the raw results but confident for Bahrain."
The second meeting of the GP2 Series will be held in Bahrain, February 17-19.