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Hockenheimring: Arden race 1 report

PIC BACK ON THE PODIUM Third place might not sound like the most positive of results, given that Charles Pic qualified his Arden Dallara on pole position for today's GP2 Series race at Hockenheim, but the Frenchman had never previously driven...

PIC BACK ON THE PODIUM

Third place might not sound like the most positive of results, given that Charles Pic qualified his Arden Dallara on pole position for today's GP2 Series race at Hockenheim, but the Frenchman had never previously driven on the circuit in dry conditions and was obliged to do his learning during the heat of battle. In the circumstances, it was yet another fine performance in a season that has been rich with promise.

Team-mate Rodolfo Gonzalez made his trademark flying start, but finished only 18th after picking up a drive-through penalty. The Venezuelan was punished for speeding in the pits during his mandatory tyre stop.

Charles:

"Something happened with my anti-stall at the start and I was really slow off the line, but I don't know whether that was my fault or a technical problem. The first few laps were good, though, and I was able to recover to fourth place, after which I passed Oliver Turvey. By that stage, unfortunately, Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez were already too far ahead. I pushed hard after my pit stop, but was running at the same speed as the cars ahead so there was no way I could reduce the gap. The final five laps were very tough, because Dani Clos was catching me and I couldn't afford to make the slightest mistake.

"Overall I have to be pleased with the result, given that I have never raced here before. I spent a lot of time looking at the data last night, trying to understand the circuit's little nuances, and I learned a lot more during the race. I'm sixth on the grid for tomorrow's race, so another strong result is possible... so long as I get a good start. I promise I will do my best!"

Rodolfo:

"That was another difficult race for me, but the upside is that I learned another circuit. I had to come in twice for my mandatory tyre stop, because of a small mistake first time around, and then I picked up a speeding penalty. I'll put it all down to experience. Tomorrow, I will simply do my best to keep out of trouble and obtain the best result I can."

-source: arden

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Series GP2
Drivers Rodolfo Gonzalez , Pastor Maldonado , Sergio Perez , Oliver Turvey , Dani Clos , Charles Pic