Double blow dampens Arden's Monza ardour What a difference a day makes. Telmex Arden International had high hopes of finishing its Monza weekend on an upbeat note, in the wake of Edoardo Mortara's stirring drive to fifth place yesterday, but ...
Double blow dampens Arden's Monza ardour
What a difference a day makes. Telmex Arden International had high hopes of finishing its Monza weekend on an upbeat note, in the wake of Edoardo Mortara's stirring drive to fifth place yesterday, but its ambitions were swiftly dashed.
Mortara lined up fourth, but dropped a couple of places at the start and was running sixth when an accident caused the Safety Car to be scrambled after just half a lap. Spanish driver Dani Clos (Racing Engineering) ended his race upside down in a gravel trap after tangling with Diego Nunes (iSport), but emerged from the incident uninjured.
When the race restarted, Mortara was obliged to mount a robust defence to repel yesterday's winner Guido van der Garde (iSport). On the sixth lap, however, the duo ran wide at the first chicane and Mortara sustained kerb-inflicted chassis damage that could not be repaired in the short term.
Team-mate Sergio Perez's race was even shorter. One of the fastest drivers during Friday's qualifying session, the Mexican was obliged to start towards the back after spinning off during the early stages of yesterday's rain-hit race. Today he dropped out on the second lap after his engine overheated and cut out during the Safety Car intervention.
German Nico Hulkenberg (ART) finished third and has clinched the 2009 GP2 Series title.
Sergio: "This has been a really bad weekend and we had much higher hopes. I was really unlucky yesterday and knew today was going to be difficult. There always seem to be a few crazy people at the back and it happened again: Kamui Kobayashi forced me onto the grass and half a lap later my engine temperature alarm came on. The car cut out and that was it for the weekend. We have to work hard for the next race in Portimao, Portugal, to end the season on a winning note."
Edoardo: "I did not make a good start and, having lost a few positions, was not sufficiently competitive to keep up with the cars ahead. Giedo van der Garde was pushing hard behind me and kept trying to pass, but eventually the inevitable happened and we made contact. The damage was too bad for me to continue, so now I'm looking ahead to two strong races in Portimao."