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Monaco: Ho-Pin Tung race report

'WE HAVE A WORLD TO WIN' Ho-Pin Tung 13th in GP2 race in Monaco In only his third GP 2 race Chinese -- Dutch racing driver Ho-Pin Tung finished 13th at the demanding Formula 1 race track in Monaco, Saturday. During the weekend he was the faster...

'WE HAVE A WORLD TO WIN'
Ho-Pin Tung 13th in GP2 race in Monaco

In only his third GP 2 race Chinese -- Dutch racing driver Ho-Pin Tung finished 13th at the demanding Formula 1 race track in Monaco, Saturday. During the weekend he was the faster one compared to his BCN-Competicion teammate, although the latter could not finish the race. ' Of course I am happy that I made it to the finish line, but we also feel disappointment fighting at the back of the field. But I know now that that we can find improvement, and that we can go faster, ' says the reigning Formula 3 champion.

Right after the race in the narrow streets of Monaco the young Chinese stated: ' I have got traction problems, when accelerating from the corners almost immediately oversteer occurs. Also I have to get used to another way of driving, especially with these tires. But, whatever can be found in the car, I can also improve myself. Therefore I cannot wait until the two day training session, soon at the Paul Ricard track in southern France. Race data today showed today that there is progression and I am convinced that the team and I have a world to win.'

A difficult qualification brought the young Chinese a 22nd place on the grid. He fought his way up, but the pit stop made him loose position. 'Nevertheless we are simply to slow, some two seconds from the lap times of the top of the field, mainly caused by lack of traction. I feel that I could give the team valuable information.'

Unlike many of his fellow contenders Ho-Pin Tung never in his career touched the Monaco asphalt. Ho-Pin Tung commented: ' It is truly very special to drive here, it is a thrilling experience to take 'St. Devote with only 65 km/h and then to accelerate up to 220 km/h before even getting to the top of the hill.'

All by all Ho-Pin Tung is reasonably happy with his Monaco experience and with the fact that for the first time he was able to do a lot of time in the car. He says: 'Track time is so important to be able to find the seconds, that is what it is all about.'

-credit: hopintung.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Ho-Pin Tung