FOOLISH OVERTAKING BY PARENTE DEPRIVES HO-PIN TUNG OF SUCCESSES The GP2-weekend in Hungary could not have been worse for young Chinese racing driver Ho-Pin Tung. A moderate qualification brought him 17th position on the starting grid of Race 1,...
FOOLISH OVERTAKING BY PARENTE DEPRIVES HO-PIN TUNG OF SUCCESSES
The GP2-weekend in Hungary could not have been worse for young Chinese racing driver Ho-Pin Tung. A moderate qualification brought him 17th position on the starting grid of Race 1, he showed again one his super starts in that race, which resulted in a P 12 after only one lap. Already in the second lap Alvaro Parente tried the impossible by attempting to overtake Ho-Pin. The Portugese forced his car into the right rear side of the Trident of Ho-Pin Tung. By doing so he made an end to the race and the ambitions of the Chinese. This was the not very encouraging situation when Ho-Pin was on the grid of the second race, on Sunday. He managed to come home in 14th position, struggling with oversteer and poor performing tyres. Ho-Pin Tung, always correct, could not find any diplomatic words to characterize his weekend...
'My qualification was mixed. My section times were good an in the first section I was quickest of all almost until the end of the qualification. But, it is vital to combine all fast section times together in one flying lap. This was not possible due to the heavy 'traffic'. When there are 26 cars on a track like this one it is virtually impossible to find one clear lap, at least I did not have one,' Ho-Pin explains. ' I had a good pace, that was encouraging.'
In Race 1 on Saturday Ho-Pin Tung made again one of his super starts. He won five positions in the first lap only. Alvaro Parente stopped Ho-Pin's march on a point finish in lap two. 'In a turn where it is impossible to overtake he drove with his left front wing into my right rear wheel, at a yellow flag situation even, ' said an angry Ho-Pin Tung. The Portugese had to report to the stewards of the meeting and had to account for his kamikaze action. Parente was punished to ten places back on the grid of Sundays' sprint race.
As a result of the violated Saturday Ho-Pin had to start from P21 in Sundays' sprint race. He had an unusual bad start, but managed to claim back lost positions quickly. 'I had a good pace, was able to race the rest, but the car was difficult to handle. I had oversteer and my tyres weren't functioning as they should. But remember my team had to miss all data because of the lost race on Saturday, thanks to the foolish action of Parente. Race 1 made me loose this weekend with top ten potential, 'says a disappointed Ho-Pin Tung.