GONZALEZ CRACKS THE TOP TEN FOR ARDEN Arden might have come away without points from this morning's GP2 Series event at Abu Dhabi, but the team's drivers both gave a good account of themselves. Rodolfo Gonzalez and Charles Pic moved up the ...
GONZALEZ CRACKS THE TOP TEN FOR ARDEN
Arden might have come away without points from this morning's GP2 Series event at Abu Dhabi, but the team's drivers both gave a good account of themselves. Rodolfo Gonzalez and Charles Pic moved up the grid overnight, as a result of other drivers being penalised, and lined up 12th and 17th respectively. Pic's race was compromised by a spin on the opening lap, and two pit stops rather than the mandatory one, but while running at the back he settled down to set competitive lap times that bode well for tomorrow. He was eventually classified 20th.
Gonzalez spent most of the race in a hectic midfield battle. After running 12th in the opening stages, he pitted for fresh tyres on lap seven and then drove a brisk, consistent race to finish 10th.
"I think 10th was probably the best I could have done today. I moved up to seventh at one point, because some drivers ahead had already changed tyres, but there was traffic in the pit lane during our pit stop, so I lost any time I'd made when running in clean air. I'm satisfied with the result, though, and pleased with the way I drove. The weekend got off to a difficult start, but the team put in a great effort to recover."
"That was a tough race. On the first lap I spun at Turn Three, when somebody hit me from behind, and that dropped me to the back of the field. After the early Safety Car period, I overtook Jerôme d'Ambrosio and came up behind two cars that were fighting for position. I got a little bit too close to them and damaged my front wing, so had to pit for a replacement. Unfortunately, the pit stop window didn't open until lap six, so I had to come in again later to change tyres. After that I was too far behind to recover any more positions. My pace was good, though, and I set second fastest lap, so it's a pity all yesterday's problems put us on the back foot. Tomorrow, I will simply do the best I can from a lowly grid position."