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Silverstone: Arden race report

No points for Arden at Silverstone Silverstone was a weekend to forget for the Arden team as neither driver scored any points during the two races. Just to make matters worse the team suffered everyone's biggest nightmare as both cars managed to...

No points for Arden at Silverstone

Silverstone was a weekend to forget for the Arden team as neither driver scored any points during the two races. Just to make matters worse the team suffered everyone's biggest nightmare as both cars managed to run into each other!

After their technical problems in the Saturday race supersub Neel Jani and Michael Ammermueller started well down the field. Both drivers had made good starts and were making reasonable progress when Michael made a passing move on Franck Perera going into the lefthander at Club on the sixth lap. Unfortunately, he misjudged things slightly and nudged the innocent Neel on the entry to the corner. Both cars spun, and neither driver was able to continue. They had plenty to talk about as they returned to the pits, but accepted that the incident was just one of those things that sometimes hits even the best teams. There is now a long break until the next race at Magny-Cours in July, but the team will still be busy as there is a major test at Paul Ricard in the interim. It has yet to be decided who will drive the second car as Nicolas Lapierre is still recovering from his Monaco injury.

Michael Ammermueller: 'I wanted to overtake Perera and unfortunately, I touched Neel. It didn't make a big difference, because it would have been impossible to score points. It's not a big problem for Neel because he's only doing one race. The car was very good, so it was disappointing. These things can happen in racing. I've only raced once at Magny-Cours, in Formula Renault. Meanwhile in the test we have to find something, especially for qualifying.'

Neel Jani: 'After yesterday when we had really good pace today I thought we could make up some positions. It looked good, actually. I was 10th after the first lap and then I had a little tingle mingle or however you call it in English with Viso, and I went wide. So two cars passed me. Michael tried to overtake some guy behind me, and he hit my side. There was nothing I could do. In the end I'm just here for one race, so it's not a big deal. It's been fun, tough as well, but I think we had good pace. It's always fun when you go quickly.'

Christian Horner: 'Michael was passing Perera and ran out of braking and unfortunately hit his team mate. It's one of those things that sums up a frustrating weekend for the Arden boys, but they'll come back strong. Michael's pace looked strong over the weekend and Neel acquitted himself well in difficult circumstances. Hopefully we'll see Nicolas back in the car in France.'

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Series GP2
Drivers Michael Ammermueller , Neel Jani , Franck Perera