RACE ONE: A COCKTAIL OF POINTS AND PAIN FOR ARDEN The first of two Nurburgring GP2 races promised much for Arden Motorsport -- but failed to meet expectations. Adrian Zaugg started fourth, after a brilliant run in yesterday's qualifying ...
RACE ONE: A COCKTAIL OF POINTS AND PAIN FOR ARDEN
The first of two Nurburgring GP2 races promised much for Arden Motorsport -- but failed to meet expectations.
Adrian Zaugg started fourth, after a brilliant run in yesterday's qualifying session, but he lost a couple of places at the start. After making an early pit stop, on lap six of 35, he rejoined in the lower reaches of midfield and found himself in seventh place once all drivers had completed their mandatory tyre changes. He ended his day with two championship points -- and a front-row start in tomorrow morning's sprint race.
Team-mate Bruno Senna knew he was in for a tough time after qualifying 16th, but he made a good start to move up to 12th. He stopped for tyres at the end of the second lap -- the earliest that the regulations allow -- and then focused on edging his way up the order. He had risen to within striking distance of a points finish by lap 19, but was then penalised for his part in a collision with Northern Irishman Adam Carroll (FMS), who spun into retirement at the first corner. The stewards ordered Senna to serve a drive-through penalty and he eventually finished 15th.
Adrian Zaugg: "I wasn't happy with my race pace and didn't get the chance to push forward. I was slightly cautious off the line because my car felt a little nervous when I tried a practice start. That cost me a couple of places. I had a few close calls in the race, particularly with Adam Carroll. We touched before I made my pit stop and when I came out on fresh tyres he and I ran side by side for four corners. I managed to get ahead, but we stayed very close for a couple of laps. Once my tyres got up to temperature, though, I was able to get away. I didn't do as well as I'd hoped today -- but starting from the front gives me a fantastic opportunity tomorrow."
Senna: "Well what can I say: it's a bit frustrating. I could have been in pole position for the race tomorrow. I was stronger than Javier Villa, and could have passed him with the opportunity and gained a place, but the incident with Adam Carroll ended my good drive. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to score some points."