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Istanbul: Arden qualifying report

Turkish delight proves elusive for Arden duo Lying about 25 miles from the city centre, Istanbul Park is one of the most challenging circuits on the GP2 Series calendar. A cocktail of fast sweeps and tight, technical corners, it runs ...

Turkish delight proves elusive for Arden duo

Lying about 25 miles from the city centre, Istanbul Park is one of the most challenging circuits on the GP2 Series calendar. A cocktail of fast sweeps and tight, technical corners, it runs anti-clockwise -- a detail that places unfamiliar strains on a racing driver's neck (particularly through Turn Eight, where high g forces have to be sustained for several seconds per lap). For Telmex Arden International drivers Edoardo Mortara and Sergio Perez, it was a test of patience as well as physique. With lap times close -- the top 18 cars were covered by less than a second -- and track conditions slippery, they ended up 17th and 24th on the grid for tomorrow afternoon's feature race.

Edoardo: "It wasn't a terrible session -- but nor was it the best. We had the pace in free practice this morning and I don't know what has happened since then. Qualifying was an unexpected struggle and we need to evaluate the reasons why. It has been a recurring pattern this season: we perform well in free practice but then struggle to obtain a decent qualifying time. The race will be difficult because there are some very good guys in front of me, but I have to aim for the top eight tomorrow or the weekend will effectively be over."

Sergio: "We had good pace this morning and I could have been right with the leading group if I had put all my best sectors together. That put me in an optimistic frame of mind for qualifying, but things just didn't go to plan. We haven't yet had a chance to check the car, because it is still in parc ferme, but something is definitely wrong. There was simply no balance and I'll just have to do my best tomorrow. At least there are overtaking opportunities at this circuit."

-credit: arden

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Series GP2
Drivers Sergio Perez , Edoardo Mortara
Teams Arden International