NO JOY FOR ARDEN IN TURKISH GP2 OPENER Charles Pic might have harboured high hopes of a strong finish in this afternoon's GP2 Series race at Istanbul Park, Turkey, but they were dashed before the race was into its stride. The Frenchman lost a...
NO JOY FOR ARDEN IN TURKISH GP2 OPENER
Charles Pic might have harboured high hopes of a strong finish in this afternoon's GP2 Series race at Istanbul Park, Turkey, but they were dashed before the race was into its stride. The Frenchman lost a couple of places during the first-lap scramble, dropping from eighth to 10th, and was then forced to retire after Jules Bianchi (ART) attempted a passing move on the approach to Turn Five, a downhill left-hander, during the second lap. The two cars touched and the impact was enough to cause significant suspension damage: both drivers were out on the spot.
From the back of the grid, Arden team-mate Rodolfo Gonzalez gained several places during the race's early stages -- and a long first stint moved him all the way up to third on the road. After pitting for tyres on lap 14, however, he resumed his place in the lower midfield and eventually crossed the line 17th.
"I made a good start, but then touched another car slightly at the first corner and lost a couple of places. On the second lap I was hit by Jules Bianchi and that was that. It's a pity, but these things happen in motor racing. It will be difficult tomorrow, starting from so far back, but I can only do my best."
"My start was good and I enjoyed some good battles during the race, but at end of the day I just couldn't keep up with the people around me. Tomorrow is another day, though, so we'll see what happens."