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Istanbul: Arden race one report

Accidents will happen... Telmex Arden International drivers Sergio Perez and Edoardo Mortara had a fruitless time in the first of this weekend's GP2 Series races at Istanbul Park, Turkey. Perez made a bright start from 24th place and immediately...

Accidents will happen...

Telmex Arden International drivers Sergio Perez and Edoardo Mortara had a fruitless time in the first of this weekend's GP2 Series races at Istanbul Park, Turkey. Perez made a bright start from 24th place and immediately gained several positions, but he collided with GP2 Asia champion Kamui Kobayashi on lap two and both drivers were forced to retire on the spot. From 16th on the grid, Mortara made a lively start but then dropped back after a slower car forced him to run wide. A spirited recovery followed, but his race ended shortly after a mid-race Safety Car period. Edoardo was running three abreast into the hairpin when rival Dani Clos clipped the Italian amidships and caused him to spin off.

Edoardo: "My poor weekend seems to be continuing. This really wasn't a good race, despite a promising start. Lucas Di Grassi broke his nose on the opening lap, but opted to continue. I was behind him and had to run wide to avoid hitting him at Turn Three, where he braked early. That dropped me from 13th to 23rd, so my race was pretty much over. I carried on pushing as hard as I could -- and the team did a great job during my tyre stop, which gained me a few places.

"When the race restarted after the Safety Car interruption, I was approaching the hairpin with Karun Chandhok to my right and Dani Clos to my left. I defended my position, but Clos crossed the inside kerb and hit me, so that was that. I am disappointed with today's result and I'm starting from the lower midfield again tomorrow, so I just aim to stay out of trouble and do whatever I can. It would be good to finish the weekend on a high. You must never say never in this business."

Sergio: "After yesterday's qualifying session we made set-up changes to the car and were definitely heading in the right direction. After a good start I felt confident I could work my way into the top eight, but Kobayashi came from nowhere on lap two and hit me on the left-hand side, which put me out. It has been another bad weekend for me so far and tomorrow I'll start at the back. The aim will be to find a good chassis balance and make sure we're in good shape for the next race at Silverstone, the team's home event."

-credit: arden

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Series GP2
Drivers Karun Chandhok , Kamui Kobayashi , Sergio Perez , Dani Clos , Edoardo Mortara
Teams Arden International