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Hungaroring: Arden International race one, two report

No luck in Hungary for Arden Arden came away from a frustrating Hungarian weekend with no points, after Michael Ammermueller had provided some encouragement with a great third place in qualifying. Both drivers were the innocent victims of ...

No luck in Hungary for Arden

Arden came away from a frustrating Hungarian weekend with no points, after Michael Ammermueller had provided some encouragement with a great third place in qualifying.

Both drivers were the innocent victims of assaults from rival drivers as the team endured a difficult Saturday. From third Michael Ammermueller got ahead of second placed Jose Maria Lopez at the start. However on the exit of the first corner the Argentine driver clipped Michael's rear wheel and sent him into a spin. The engine stalled and he had no option but to climb out and walk away. Nicolas didn't have any better luck much luck. After making a great start and gaining ground he ran wide on the first lap and had a spin. He had recovered well when he was assaulted hit by Yoshimoto and eliminated from the race.

Heavy rain on Sunday morning in Budapest made the sprint race into a real challenge for all the drivers. Michael started from the very back of the grid after being punted into a spin at the first corner on Saturday. He made a good start and kept his nose clean despite the difficult conditions, apart form from one quick harmless spin. He eventually brought the car home in 11th place. In the middle of the pack Nicolas tried hard to progress towards the points, and but had a couple of spins. After the second one he was not unable to continue, although there was no damage to the car.

There is now a break of two free weekendstwo-week break until Turkey.

Michael Ammermueller - Saturday: 'I couldn't do anything. I was on the outside and I was second and in the exit of the corner Lopez hit me on the right rear. I wasn't expecting it do so I didn't catch the clutch when I spun. I didn't even see him.' Sunday: 'Starting last was the best thing that could happen to me was in a wet race. In the dry it was impossible to get to the front. I spun because I was behind a car and you can't see a lot. I pushed to try to overtake him and then I spun. In the end I didn't lose anything. The car is good and we did quite good times. It's the first time I raced in the rain with this car. I've tested a Formula Renault car in Turkey so I know the track a little bit. It's very quick and it will be nice in the GP2 car.'

Nicolas Lapierre - Saturday: 'The start was good, and we were P9 after the first corner. Then I was side-by-side with someone in the entry of Turn 5. I pushed a little bit too much and went wide and spun. The track was very dirty. Then I came back. We had a good pace and but stopped on lap 8. We had quite a good car but we were in the middle of the traffic. I passed Yoshimoto, who hit me just after the corner and in the corner after he just hit me. He said he had some gearbox problems and he apologised. It's a shame because we want to have a good weekend with everything together.' Sunday: 'It was very slippery and the car was not very good on the exit of the corners and very difficult to control. I went wide a few times and then I spun on the exit of the corner and stalled it. There was no way we were going to score any points. It was a pretty disappointing weekend but we have to keep the our heads up and look in front of us. Turkey was quite good last year, and it's a nice track. It's definitely different than here!'

-credit: arden international

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Series GP2
Drivers Michael Ammermueller , Nicolas Lapierre , Jose Maria Lopez
Teams Arden International