Double misfortune strikes Telmex Arden duo, but Mortara salvages ninth After the promise of yesterday's qualifying session, the opening GP2 Series race at Spa proved to be a damp squib for Telmex Arden International. Sergio Perez lined up a...
Double misfortune strikes Telmex Arden duo, but Mortara salvages ninth
After the promise of yesterday's qualifying session, the opening GP2 Series race at Spa proved to be a damp squib for Telmex Arden International. Sergio Perez lined up a competitive seventh, but was unable to capitalise because of a hydraulic failure. With its clutch faltering, the Mexican's car crept forward before the race had officially begun and officials had to abort the start. Perez completed the second formation lap, but then pulled off into the pits to retire.
Team-mate Edoardo Mortara collided with Alberto Valerio (Piquet GP) on the opening lap and subsequently had to pit to replace a damaged tyre. After rejoining he was handed a drive-through penalty for his part in the Valerio incident, but a mid-race Safety Car period allowed him to catch the cars ahead. The field was decimated by a series of accidents -- only 12 cars finished -- and the Italian pulled off a couple of stylish passes to finish ninth, just outside the points.
Drivers followed the Safety Car for the race's final two laps after series newcomer Stefano Coletti (Durango) crashed heavily at Eau Rouge.
Edoardo: "After yesterday's problems, when I had to qualify while suffering a feverish sickness, I knew I was in for a tough afternoon -- and it didn't begin particularly well. I made an average start and then hit Valerio while trying to gain a position. That had doubly bad consequences, because I picked up a puncture and a drive-through penalty.
"The mid-race Safety Car allowed me to make my mandatory tyre stop without losing any time -- and catch up with the others. I made a couple of decent passing manoeuvres after the restart and have to be happy with the result, given where I started, but I felt fairly confident that I could have taken eighth if track conditions hadn't deteriorated towards the end, when Jerome d'Ambrosio dropped oil on the racing line."
Sergio: "That was hugely disappointing, obviously, because I was sure I could challenge for victory and didn't even take the start... This stuff sometimes happens in racing, though, so you just have to deal with it and move on. I'm at the back of the grid tomorrow, but I'll be doing my best to score some points -- I have done so previously in similar situations."