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Portimao: Arden race one report

No joy for Arden in Portimao opener Telmex Arden International failed to add to its points tally in the first GP2 Series race to take place at the Algarve International Circuit, Portimao. Edoardo Mortara retired at the first corner on the ...

No joy for Arden in Portimao opener

Telmex Arden International failed to add to its points tally in the first GP2 Series race to take place at the Algarve International Circuit, Portimao. Edoardo Mortara retired at the first corner on the opening lap and Sergio Perez spun off after colliding with Alvaro Parente (Ocean). At the time, the two were battling for ninth place and fighting hard to move up to a points-scoring position... a strong likelihood, as other cars ahead had still to make their mandatory pit stops.

The Arden drivers weren't the only ones in the wars. Only 16 of the 24 starters finished the race, which was won by recently crowned champion Nico Hulkenberg (ART).

Edoardo:

"I got a pretty good start -- but that put me right in the middle of the pack. I carried too much speed into the first corner and didn't have anywhere to go. I tried to turn in early, but clipped another car. It was my fault, but if we'd had a better qualifying session then maybe I wouldn't have been put in this situation in the first place. This season I have proved many times that I have good race pace, but no matter what happened today it was always going to difficult to score points... unless, perhaps, it had rained."

Sergio:

"What can I say? I did my best to stay out of trouble and managed to avoid all the chaos at the first corner. I was racing as hard as I could, as always, and can't explain the accident with Alvaro Parente. I don't understand his motives. He had passed me two laps earlier and I was just trying to reclaim my position, but he just took me out of the race."

-credit: arden

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Series GP2
Drivers Alvaro Parente , Nico Hulkenberg , Sergio Perez , Edoardo Mortara
Teams Arden International