Asia: Sepang: Team Arden race one report

Short... and not particularly sweet There were few crumbs of comfort for Trust Team Arden in the opening GP2 Asia Series event at Sepang, Malaysia. After qualifying 13th and 19th on the tightly packed grid -- the fastest 22 cars were covered by...

Short... and not particularly sweet

There were few crumbs of comfort for Trust Team Arden in the opening GP2 Asia Series event at Sepang, Malaysia. After qualifying 13th and 19th on the tightly packed grid -- the fastest 22 cars were covered by less than a second -- Luiz Razia and Edoardo Mortara hoped to provide a truer reflection of their potential during the race. It was not to be, however. A broken driveshaft forced Mortara to retire moments after the start and failing oil pressure accounted for Razia with only 10 laps run. Both drivers will now try to salvage something from their weekend during tomorrow morning's 22-lap sprint -- but lowly starting positions will complicate the task.

Luiz: "I didn't get a good start. I lost a couple of places and then felt the car wasn't too good in terms of top-end performance. I was losing time everywhere and some people overtook me on the straights, then eventually the car stopped altogether. It's a shame because the chassis set-up was good, but problems beyond our control meant I wasn't able to exploit it. That was very disappointing."

Edoardo: "I realised I had a technical problem after the reconnaissance lap. I tried to start and hoped the problem was temporary, perhaps an overheating clutch, but that wasn't the case and I was unable to continue. I'll take some positives from the weekend so far, though, because I'm learning all the time. I'm hoping for rain tomorrow, because that will give me an opportunity to take something from the race."

-credit: arden

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Luiz Razia , Edoardo Mortara