DESPITE DISAPPOINTING RESULTS HO-PIN TUNG SEES STILL CHANCES IF DAMS SUCCEEDS IN BETTER SETUP
Ho-Pin Tung still sees some signs of hope after a disappointing GP2-race weekend at the Valencia street circuit, last Saturday and Sunday. The Dutch born Chinese had hardly any time to look back at his eventful performance, because he had to appear at a commercial event at the occasion of the World Expo in Shanghai, on Monday. Ho-Pin is still critical about his car, because his team seems not to be able to get the set up right. Also teammate Jerôme d'Ambrosio was not successful in getting the DAMS-car to an impressive performance.
"This weekend was difficult and did not show the opportunities we had. During the long break since the last race in Turkey the team worked very hard and did find some minor improvements in the car's set up. Free practice went a lot better than in previous outings and also in qualifying there was enough speed. It was a shame that I lost 0.3 of a second in my best lap, with the field so close together this made a difference of ten places on the grid!
In the main race on Saturday I had a pretty good start, fought my way up and managed to gain several positions. In turn 4 Josef Kral braked much too late and he torpedoed his car into mine and those of Ricci and Razia. This meant the end of the race for me and I had to leave a heavily damaged car behind. I think a good result would have been possible. In the Sprint race I had to start from the back of the grid, obviously, I had another good start. Incidents in the first corner, caused by colliding cars, made me getting off the throttle. After this I had a few nice fights, but the balance of the car was still not good. The result was 13th position at the finish, which made me far from happy, "reports the young Chinese from Shanghai.
-source: ho pin tung