Qualifying Session 20 Mike Conway, 10th place 21 Ho Pin Tung, 16th place The 2008 GP2 Main Series got officially underway today at Barcelona. The first qualifying session determined the starting line-up for tomorrow`s Race 1. Mike Conway...
Qualifying Session 20 Mike Conway, 10th place 21 Ho Pin Tung, 16th place
The 2008 GP2 Main Series got officially underway today at Barcelona. The first qualifying session determined the starting line-up for tomorrow`s Race 1. Mike Conway scored the 10th fastest lap, in a session slowed by many yellow flag situation and stopped by a red. The interruption fractioned the 30 minutes available, penalizing several drivers. Ho Pin Tung ended up in 16th, without a huge margin from the top-10. Trident Racing is now concentrating on the race, starting tomorrow at 16:00. The team will be trying to score the maximum amount of points in order to have a good starting position for Race 2.
"We didn`t have too much luck today, since we lost a handful of minutes due to an overheating issue, and then I was unable to find a clean lap with no traffic. We decided to mount a second set of fresh tires, but right after I took off from the pit-lane, race control exposed the red flag for an accident happened moments before. I`m pretty satisfied with the situation we have now, though we are not probably ready to battle for pole yet. We made huge steps forward since this winter`s testing, and we`re in the leading pack. Tomorrow`s race will be very tricky, but I`m persuaded we`ll be able to score valuable points".
Ho Pin Tung
"I`m sorry for not having managed to put together my best potential lap. Looking at my split times, it`s evident that I could have reached the top-10. Unfortunately, the session itself was marred by a lot of chaos, in the final minutes a yellow flag and some oil forced me to lose three tenths of a second. I`m really satisfied with the progress we made with the car, that was very driveable today. I`m looking forward to tomorrow`s race: I hope to improve my position immediately, since in the GP2 Asia I proved to be good at the start".
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Managing Director
"Today`s qualifying was marred by several interruptions that eventually made our job very difficult. The drivers that were able to find themselves on-track with new tires at the right time had the chance to score good laptimes. That wasn`t ultimately possible for Mike and Ho Pin. Mike had the right potential to enter the top-5, but he was penalized by a 5-minute delay due to a technical problem and heavily conditioned by a red flag. We eventually have a good starting base for tomorrow. Even in the case of Ho-Pin Tung, we had a final result that doesn`t respect the team`s true potential. He had a good run on the first sector, but the oil left on-track by another car prevented him from taking a top-10 position".