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Hungaroring: Arden race one report

Mortara 12th, first-lap chaos sidelines Perez Edoardo Mortara was the only Telmex Arden driver to last the distance during today's GP2 Series race in Budapest. From 18th on the grid, the Italian avoided a multiple accident on the opening lap...

Mortara 12th, first-lap chaos sidelines Perez

Edoardo Mortara was the only Telmex Arden driver to last the distance during today's GP2 Series race in Budapest. From 18th on the grid, the Italian avoided a multiple accident on the opening lap and worked his way up the field to run 11th. In the closing stages he fought valiantly to resist pressure from title challenger Romain Grosjean (Barwa Addax), but the Franco-Swiss eventually found a way through and Edoardo dropped to 12th.

Team-mate Sergio Perez was an unwitting victim of the first-lap pile-up, which was triggered when Andreas Zuber (FMSI) lost control between Turns Two and Three. As he spun across the circuit, cars scattered in all directions and Sergio's car was too badly damaged to continue after Alberto Valerio (Piquet GP) hit him from behind.

Edoardo: "I made a poor start and lost a position at the first corner, although I recovered several places by avoiding the first-lap accident at Turn Two. I pushed as hard as I could throughout the race, but the handling wasn't quite right and I made an early pit stop. After that I had to make my tyres last as well as I could over a long stint, which wasn't easy. I can only hope for better tomorrow."

Sergio: "I'm really disappointed that my race did not last longer. Alberto Valerio hit me from behind as I approached Turn Two, which lifted the rear of my car and caused me to spin. There was too much damage for me to be able to continue. We prepared very hard for this race, so what happened was a real shame. It will be hard tomorrow, starting so far down the grid, but I'll do my best -- as always."

-credit: arden

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Series GP2
Drivers Andreas Zuber , Alberto Valerio , Sergio Perez , Romain Grosjean , Edoardo Mortara