Valencia SC: iSport qualifying report

Frustration tempered with hope - iSport receives a mixed welcome in Valencia Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok will line up eighth and 12th respectively for the opening GP2 Series race at the new Valencia street circuit, a fast, challenging, ...

Frustration tempered with hope - iSport receives a mixed welcome in Valencia

Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok will line up eighth and 12th respectively for the opening GP2 Series race at the new Valencia street circuit, a fast, challenging, 3.38-mile strip that wends its way around the city's harbour.

Senna missed vital preparation time during this morning's free practice session, the consequence of a throttle problem, while Chandhok slipped from an initially promising third place. Both, however, remain optimistic that they can claw back lost ground tomorrow.

Bruno Senna

"It took a while to get the car fired up this morning and I lost several laps as a result. When I did get going the session was interrupted by red and yellow flags, so it was quite hard to settle into a rhythm. I also ran out of time to evaluate all the things we would ordinarily have tried"

"I tested an F3 car here in July, which helped me to learn the circuit, but it still takes time to adapt to driving a more powerful car and I felt I was slightly on the back foot when qualifying started. In the end, though, the main problem was traffic. That was the same for everybody, of course, but the session ended up being less about how quickly you could drive and more about traffic management. I never managed a clear lap, so that was that. Despite everything, the car felt OK and I'm confident I can obtain a decent result tomorrow."

Karun Chandhok

"I made a very good start this morning. Conditions were very slippery when practice started, because of all the dust on the track, but the car felt fine and I was happy to be in the top three. In qualifying, however, I just couldn't get the car to work in the slower-speed corners - I've no idea why, but the balance just wasn't there.

"It leaves me with a bit of hard work to do tomorrow, but the team always gives me a great car for the race and we've shown in the past that we can fight back from positions such as this."

-credit: iSport

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Karun Chandhok , Bruno Senna