Arden Racers Face Uphill Task In Eifel Mountains
It might be July, but you’d have been hard pressed to guess as much as GP2 teams took to the track at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit. The threatened rain never materialised, but drivers struggled to generate sufficient tyre temperature in the unusually cool conditions and appropriate chassis set-ups were a relative rarity.
The day began brightly for Arden, with Jolyon Palmer eighth fastest in free practice, but was unable to replicate that form during the afternoon’s 30-minute qualifying session. Josef Kral thus lines up 19th for tomorrow’s 34-lap feature event while Palmer starts 22nd. It promises to be a close race, though, and the latest weather forecasts suggest rain is likely. In such conditions, a strong result is always possible, irrespective of grid position.
"Practice was quite good, I managed to set a reasonable time and finished eighth, with some easy improvements still to come. Qualifying was a disaster, though. I flat-spotted my front right tyre at the first corner on both runs. I had a big vibration throughout and my lap time wasn’t very competitive. I ended up 22nd and can only hope it's really wet tomorrow."
"Practice wasn’t as bad as my lap time suggested, because at least we knew where to improve. I was pretty sure that qualifying would be OK, but I did two laps on my first set of tyres and neither was quite quick enough. The car felt fine, so I wasn't sure what needed changing. We tried a couple of tweaks, but unfortunately they made the car worse. I hit traffic, too, and couldn’t improve my time. My goal for tomorrow is to score points, though, and I’m confident that I can."