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Magny-Cours: Arden International race one, two report

No points for Arden boys in France Nil points for Arden in France There was no joy for the Arden boys at Magny-Cours as neither driver came away with any points. On Saturday, from 13th on the grid, Michael Ammermueller got away well and made...

No points for Arden boys in France
Nil points for Arden in France

There was no joy for the Arden boys at Magny-Cours as neither driver came away with any points.

On Saturday, from 13th on the grid, Michael Ammermueller got away well and made his stop right away. With a clear track he was set to make good progress, but he was given a drive through penalty for speeding in the pits after misjudging where to let the speed limiter off. After that he had to settle for 12th.

Meanwhile, supersub Neel Jani made a good start and passed a lot of cars, having stopped on the third lap. However, as his tyres got olderbecame more worn the handling went awaydeteriorated and he struggled to keep up his pace, which ended any chance of getting into the top 8. He finished 11th, just ahead of Michael.

Getting into the top six on Sunday was always going to be difficult, but in fact both JaniNeel and Michael got away well and made good progress in the early laps. They were soon up to sixth and seventh, which looked promising. However, the ART cars of Alex Premat and Lewis Hamilton were coming racing through the pack, and they squeezed past both the Arden cars under braking for the hairpin. A retirement ahead gave them back a place, but they eventually finished in seventh and eighth, Neel missing out on the last point by less than half a second.

The next race is at Hockenheim, and the team is hoping to welcome Nicolas Lapierre back after his unfortunate lay-off sincefrom his recovery period following his Monaco accident.

Neel Jani - Saturday: 'In the beginning I was going well, and then the handling fell apart, because of the tyres. I had so much understeer and oversteer, I just couldn't drive any more. It was massive. That's why we didn't get in the top eight, because for sure we would have been there.' Sunday: 'It was a lot better than yesterday. We improved the car a lot, but we need one more step, and then I think we can fight for podiums positions. We are constant, but we miss the peak point of grip. But anyway, I think this was my last race in GP2, so no further developments for me! The problem is that I didn't do any tests with the team and I have a car which I never drove, more or less, and there's not enough time to get the car the way I wantedwould like it.'

Michael Ammermueller - Saturday: 'It was very difficult because I got a drive through penalty. I gained one position on the first lap, and then we made an early pit stop. It would have been OK, but I released the speed limiter button a few metres early. I thought that maybe they couldn't check it, but they did! It was very close. After that I couldn't get any points. After the penalty there was a gap between me and the others, and the people in front had the same speed.' Sunday: 'The start was not too bad. I almost overtook Glock at the start, but he had to go on the gravel, and he overtook me back. In the first lap I overtook two or three people, which was quite good, and then I overtook another one on the next lap. Then it was quite difficult. The ART cars were a lot quicker than me in the hairpin under braking, so they gained a lot of time. We have to work to be a little quicker. But this weekend we could have had a better result if we didn't get the drive through penalty on Saturday. Hockenheim is my home race, and to race in Germany is always something special for me. But I've only raced there once!'

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Series GP2
Drivers Michael Ammermueller , Lewis Hamilton , Neel Jani
Teams Arden International