First-lap woes trigger damp squib at the 'Ring A rain-affected GP2 Series sprint promised much for Telmex Arden International at the Nurburgring... but the team's victory chances evaporated within moments of the start. Sergio Perez got ...
First-lap woes trigger damp squib at the 'Ring
A rain-affected GP2 Series sprint promised much for Telmex Arden International at the Nurburgring... but the team's victory chances evaporated within moments of the start. Sergio Perez got away cleanly from pole position, but the slippery conditions caught out several drivers at the first turn and Perez was forced to run wide amid the chaos. The Mexican eventually became trapped in the busy midfield and was lying 11th when he spun off with three of the 24 laps remaining.
Team-mate Edoardo Mortara lost his front wing during the traditional first-corner scramble and had to pit for repairs. He rejoined at the tail of the field, but his car's handling had been compromised by the early contact and he pulled off after seven laps.
"I made a good start, but not as good as the drivers behind me. I was second coming into the first corner, braked on the limit to avoid Alvaro Parente... and Lucas di Grassi hit me hard from behind. After that there was nothing I could do. I lost lots of positions and the car felt terrible, because the impact broke a rear wishbone. I am not at all happy about today, but I'm staying positive. I know we can win -- and we will."
"This has not been a good weekend and I seem plagued by bad luck. I took the outside line at the first corner and collided with Karun Chandhok, which destroyed my front wing. I switched to slicks when I pitted for repairs, because the track was starting to dry and it was worth the gamble, but after a few laps I realised that the car was too badly damaged and I had to stop."