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Nurburgring: Arden race one report

Spirited recovery yields pole position for Perez Telmex Arden International could hardly have made a worse start to the opening GP2 Series race at the Nuerburgring -- but it ended with a splendid flourish. Having qualified 10th, Edoardo...

Spirited recovery yields pole position for Perez

Telmex Arden International could hardly have made a worse start to the opening GP2 Series race at the Nuerburgring -- but it ended with a splendid flourish. Having qualified 10th, Edoardo Mortara stalled on the grid and started almost a full lap behind the rest of the field. Once he was under way, though, his pace was electric -- he set the race's fastest lap, although he finished too far adrift (17th) to be eligible for a bonus point.

Team-mate Sergio Perez dropped from 11th to 14th in the opening stages, but he recovered strongly and in the closing staged he passed championship leader Romain Grosjean to take eighth place... and earn pole position for tomorrow morning's sprint.

Sergio:

"I made a good start, but didn't want to take any risks on cold tyres and ended up losing two or three places. After that I made an early tyre stop in a bid to find some clear space on the track, but things didn't work out as I'd planned because several other drivers tried the same tactic. I pushed as hard as I could throughout the second half of the race, but simply couldn't make any more progress. I was happy to score a point, though, and I'm pleased to be starting from pole in the sprint race. It's a great opportunity and I really want to make the most of it. I don't see any reason why I shouldn't."

Edoardo:

"I could have done really well today -- and my race pace underlined as much -- so I'm really disappointed to have stalled on the grid. Henceforth I need to qualify a little better and eliminate silly mistakes. I'm starting 17th in the sprint, so my plan is simply to get out there and do my best."

-credit: arden

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Series GP2
Drivers Sergio Perez , Romain Grosjean , Edoardo Mortara
Teams Arden International