Buurman forced out while in the points
After starting sixth on the grid for the opening race of the GP2 Asia round in Dubai today, Ocean Racing Technologies Dutch driver Yelmer Buurman, was on his way to securing the first points for the new team directed by Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes when he was forced out of contention after a racing incident caused by Diego Nunes. Before his retirement however, Buurman had definitely confirmed his new team's potential. Meanwhile the rise of Fabrizio Crestani from 23rd on the grid to 14th place was a satisfying result.
Yelmer Buurman expressed his disappointment at the outcome: "It is frustrating but there is no point in looking back. It was a racing incident and I'd prefer to think about the 15 laps that were positive. I found a good race pace but I was slowed down by Perez and it destroyed my tyres. After the pit stop my pace was on par with the leaders' and that was a good thing. The pit stop was very good but we had to change my rear tyres and my car was understeering. Despite this, the car was fast and it confirms we made the right choice. Unfortunately, Nunes climbed over car and the result did not reflect our true competitiveness."
Meanwhile, teammate Fabrizio Crestani was more satisfied with his result, the Italian racer proving that he had quickly adapted to the GP2 Asia series: "We started all the way at the back of the starting grid and therefore we decided to go for an early pit stop in order to have a clean track ahead of us. The strategy worked fine and the team completed a perfect pit stop which allowed me to gain some places. I'm still learning the track and its ideal lines but I'm getting used to the car. I had some doubts about my physical condition but my body has reacted pretty well and I was in good shape after the race. I made up 9 positions in the feature race and my aim will be to finish in the points tomorrow. It would be very important for the team as well as for me because we are both newcomers in the series."
Tiago Monteiro was also very satisfied with the performance that Ocean Racing Technology succeeded in displaying and explained why the result must be analysed without emotion. "Accidents can be very frequent in this very tight championship. The most important thing is that the Yelmer's pace was comparable with that of best out there and that Fabrizio displayed great maturity by making up several many places in a championship that he did not know until today. We are very satisfied with our choice of drivers for our start in the GP2 Series and we are very happy with our competitiveness."