A case of what might have been…
Josef Kral did a fine job to secure a top 10 finish for Arden International in the final race of the GP2 Asia Series at Imola, Italy. Condemned to 13th place on the grid after two punctures wrecked his hopes of a podium finish in the opening race, the Czech worked his way up to ninth by the chequered flag – by no means a true reflection of the potential the team had shown during the weekend, but positive progress nonetheless.
The event was all too brief for team-mate Jolyon Palmer, who looked set for a strong result the previous day until a delayed pit stop dropped him towards the tail of the field. A bright start from 19th boded well, but alternator failure forced him to retire when the race was just a few corners old.
“I made another very good start, but things were very tight going into Turn One and I had to run through the gravel to avoid contact. That cost me most of the places I had gained off the line! I rejoined behind Oliver Turvey, but despite my best efforts there was no way through – everyone knows that overtaking is almost impossible here. My engine was overheating slightly, too, which cost me time on the straights. The chassis was good, though, and I am confident that we can build on our recent good form to run competitively in the main GP2 Series. I look forward to making the car even better during the forthcoming tests at Silverstone and Barcelona.”
“I made a flying start and pulled off a good move into Tosa, which put me 14th. As I exited the corner, though, the car simply lost power and it transpired that the alternator had failed. It’s always disappointing when a race finishes like that, and it means I came away with absolutely nothing from a very promising weekend, but I will draw on the many positives and can’t wait to get back in the car when testing resumes at Silverstone.”