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Asia: Shanghai: iSport race one report

iSport rookies record double finish on GP2 debut iSport drivers Giedo van der Garde and Harman Al Fardan finished 10th and 15th as the GP2 Asia Series began on a fairly chaotic note at the Shanghai International Circuit, China. The 34-lap race...

iSport rookies record double finish on GP2 debut

iSport drivers Giedo van der Garde and Harman Al Fardan finished 10th and 15th as the GP2 Asia Series began on a fairly chaotic note at the Shanghai International Circuit, China.

The 34-lap race was twice interrupted by the Safety Car and darkness was looming by the time the chequered flag fell. From fifth on the grid, Dutchman van der Garde lost a couple of places after a slow start and then struggled to show his true potential because a short top gear made him easy prey on the circuit's ultra-long back straight.

Al Fardan lost a few seconds during his tyre stop, and was also delayed by a spin, but both drivers accumulated valuable mileage as they began getting to grips with one of the world's most closely fought categories.

Giedo van der Garde

"It was a pity that I lost a few places on the opening lap, but overall I was quite happy with my pace -- especially in the first two sectors. The car felt really good through there, but unfortunately we were running too short a sixth gear and I kept hitting the rev limiter down the long straight. Other drivers were able to get past me quite easily, but I was unable to pass them even when I picked up a slipstream. Obviously the result could have been a bit better, but the lessons I've learned today will be put into practice tomorrow."

Hamad Al Farman

"I want to obtain some good results in this series, obviously, but those will come with experience. I lost a bit of time during my mandatory tyre stop, because a wheel nit jammed, and then I spun on cold tyres shortly after I had rejoined. The encouraging thing was that I had a reasonable race pace -- and that gives me a good platform on which to build in future races, beginning with tomorrow morning's sprint event."

-credit: isport

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Series GP2
Drivers Giedo van der Garde