Portimao: Arden qualifying report

Hard work ahead for Arden duo Telmex Arden International's hopes of a strong finish to the 2009 GP2 Series campaign took a dip during a rain-hit day at the challenging new Algarve International Circuit in Portimao. Sergio Perez lapped ...

Hard work ahead for Arden duo

Telmex Arden International's hopes of a strong finish to the 2009 GP2 Series campaign took a dip during a rain-hit day at the challenging new Algarve International Circuit in Portimao. Sergio Perez lapped within one second of pole position during this afternoon's qualifying session, which took place in dry conditions, but so tightly matched were the 24 drivers that he will line up only 15th for tomorrow's feature race. The session was no more profitable for team-mate Edoardo Mortara, who starts 20th.

Sergio: "I'm quite disappointed with today's qualifying performance. We didn't expect a result like this, but we have analysed everything and understand what needs to be done. Tomorrow, hopefully, we can have a good race and score some points. Our biggest problem today was that we didn't have a dry run before qualifying, so it was really difficult to prepare for this afternoon's session. We have to live with that, though, and focus on tomorrow. Anything can happen, as always -- and I've scored results from worse positions, so I'm still feeling positive."

Edoardo: "This morning's rain meant we couldn't really try out all the things we wanted, but the car worked well in the wet and I felt confident. In the dry qualifying conditions, however, the car simply didn't have any pace.

"It was obvious when I left the pits that the steering wasn't correctly aligned -- and it's difficult trying to learn a new circuit and perfect the set-up when the steering isn't straight. I really don't know what to expect from the rest of the weekend, but I will give my best -- as I always do."

-credit: arden

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Sergio Perez
Teams Arden International