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Portimao: Arden race two report

Penalised Perez deprived of podium The 2009 GP2 Series ended in confusion today at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao. The race initially had to be red-flagged because of a startline accident and it took almost an hour to clear the...

Penalised Perez deprived of podium

The 2009 GP2 Series ended in confusion today at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao. The race initially had to be red-flagged because of a startline accident and it took almost an hour to clear the debris. The event restarted behind the Safety Car, but the six leading drivers were then given drive-through penalties for overtaking it prematurely. That elevated Telmex Arden star Sergio Perez to an unexpected second place, which he held to the flag, but he was later given a 25s penalty for overtaking when yellow warning flags were showing. The stewards' decision dropped him to 12th. Team-mate Edoardo Mortara finished ninth on the road and was promoted to eighth because of Perez's misdemeanour.

Edoardo:

"This has been a really bad weekend -- even worse than Monza -- and I'm happy that it's over. I had a difficult race and was struggling because the car had bent steering. In the circumstances, I just did the best I could."

Sergio:

"I'm happy with my maiden GP2 season and would like to thank the team for its efforts. We had a bit of luck in today's race -- initially, at least -- but we were quick, too. I didn't overtake deliberately under the yellow flag, obviously, and it's a pity to lose out after ending the campaign on what I thought was a high note. Things have generally gone well in the second half of the year and I hope to race with Arden again in 2010. Whatever happens, though, I would like to wish the team all the best for the future."

-credit: arden

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Series GP2
Drivers Sergio Perez , Edoardo Mortara