ARDEN DUO MAKE QUIET PROGRESS
Arden drivers Jolyon Palmer and Josef Kral moved forwards in this morning’s GP2 Series sprint at Silverstone, but their modest results were conditioned by events in yesterday’s feature event.
Palmer finished 10th on the road in race one, but was docked 30 seconds for his part in a collision. That dropped him to 20th in the final classification – and he was obliged to start from the same position this morning. He gained a handful of positions during the race’s early stages, but struggled to build on that thereafter and crossed the line 16th. It was a similar tale for team-mate Kral, who moved up from 23rd to 20th.
Jolyon: “There isn’t a lot to say after a race like that, really. It is very hard to pass other cars at Silverstone and after a decent start I was stuck at the tail of a large midfield group. I’m sure I had the potential to run at a quicker pace, but there was no point taking unnecessary risks. Patience was the best option, but it was a race with few opportunities. There have been lots of positives this weekend, though, and I hope to convert those into a points finish at the Nürburgring.”
Josef: “I made a very good start and moved up to about 17th, but then Michael Herck pushed me wide over a kerb and I lost about three positions. From that point it made sense to turn the race into a mini test session and evaluate a few settings for the Nürburgring. It has been a weekend to forget and my results have not been representative, but I am now fully focused on getting back into the points. I plan to stay in England for a few days, too, to spend a bit of time on the simulator. The next race starts here...”