Valencia Street Circuit
SO MUCH PROMISE, SUCH LITTLE REWARD
Neither Arden driver finished this morning’s GP2 Series sprint race at the Valencia street circuit – a stark contrast to yesterday’s stellar performance, when Josef Kral and Jolyon Palmer carved their way through the field to finish in the top 10.
Kral’s eighth place earned him pole position for race two and he made a good start, holding his lead and resisting fierce pressure from fellow front-row starter Esteban Gutierrez (ART). Palmer was less fortunate. Ninth on the grid, he was bundled wide at Turn Two and delayed again by a multiple collision at Turn Five. That caused a brief safety car period and Palmer dived in at the end of the opening lap to have his front wing replaced.
The race restarted at the end of lap two and Kral led away once again. This time, though, he ran slightly wide at Turn Two and allowed both Gutierrez and Luiz Razia to slip ahead. He subsequently dropped to fifth, but then consolidated his position until he spun at Turn Nine and was subsequently unable to restart.
Palmer retired almost simultaneously, pulling into the pits with gear selection problems – a premature conclusion to a weekend in which both drivers displayed tremendous fighting spirit.
“I made a good start to take the lead, but if anything I was probably too keen to taste victory and a couple of mistakes reflected as much. I switched the brake bias towards the front while the safety car was out, but then I locked up shortly after the restart and that cost me the lead. From there everything seemed to go downhill. After losing another couple of positions I tried to settle into a rhythm and look after my tyres, but then I hit a bump at Turn Nine, just as I was upshifting, and the car got away from me. It was a very bad race for me, but i will learn from the experience and I am determined to do a better job in the second half of the season.”
I am determined to do a better job in the second half of the season.
“I snagged Romain Grosjean on the opening lap, which damaged my front wing and forced me to pit for repairs. The safety car enabled me to catch the back of the pack before the race resumed, but then I had some gearbox trouble and that was that. it was a frustrating end to an otherwise solid weekend, but I’m now really looking forward to Silverstone, a circuit I know very well.”
by: arden international