Sunday, March 23, 2008

Bad weekend for Karun and Isport drivers.

Is the ISPORT team loosing its champion status? Did they made a mistake by taking Karun and Bruno the so called less experiencd drivers? No idea about it but it looks as if the team is preparing for the BIG SEASON. It is very clear that ISPORT is not going to win the championship in the opening round of GP2 series.

It was really a bad day for Karun in future race even if was on the 1st grid. The engine didnot start and he has to start from the PITS. That spoiled the whole party after a heavy rain and many off track excursions and finally the red flag to start fresh.

Karun eneded the race with bad memories and collided with Arman at turn 1 after runnng over a water bubble.

Karun Chandhok and Armaan Ebrahim finished seventh and 19th respectively in the sprint race of the GP2 Asia Championship at the Sepang circuit on Sunday.

Starting 15th on the grid, Karun, a 24-year-old from Chennai, made places but got stuck behind a slower car and had to be content with the seventh position that put him out of points.

Armaan, 18, also from Chennai, began the race from 14th spot. He had a poor start as the car in front of him on the grid stalled and he swiftly lost places. Armaan did move up to 16th before facing problems with the car that slowed him down.

“I had to literally muscle the car through the corners and it cost me precious time,” said a disappointed Armaan. “I know for sure I have the pace, especially in the wet. I finished ninth at Sentul in heavy rain and was among points yesterday (Saturday) in a wet race before the collision with Karun. I feel that if I can put in more miles in the car, I will be able to deliver better results,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karun enjoyed a better start and swiftly moved to eighth and then seventh, but could not find a way past Fairuz Fauzi and trailed the Malaysian home. “The weekend was a disaster, especially considering that we had the pace, put in fastest laps, and yet came away without a point for the second weekend in a row,” Karun summed up his performance here.

Kamui Kobayashi (DAMS) won the race, leading from start to finish. Romain Grosjean (ART GP) was second after a brilliant drive. Feature race winner Vitaly Petrov (Barwa International) came at the third spot.

So we expect a very good show from Karun in Baharin. This will stop all the gossips whether ISPORT has done all right in taking him on board. Well big question but Karun is a good driver and that will stop all this in the next race.

Good show by Gincarole in Sepang

The Force India Formula One Team has finished the Sepang race with Gincarlo on 12th and Sutil DNF.

Sutil started very well and was upto 14th. He was looking good and looked as if he can compete with the Honda's. However an unwanted Hydraulic failure just spoiled the party for Force India F1. However Gencarlo had a good session with the car. After the 1st pit stop his laptimes improved and many times he was lapping faster than even the honda's and renaults. It was good performance by the Italian and he looked really the best recruits for Force India. And it seems Force India F1 has done all right in taking Gencarlo taking on board. The stylist racer finished at 12 ahead of Honda's Barrichllo and ahead of the Williams. It was good to see many Indian flags in the Paddlock.

Here are the comments after the race.

Adrian Sutil (car 20)

‘Very early on in the race I developed a mechanical problem and had to switch the engine off and pull off the track. I am very disappointed with this start to the season, especially after I had to stop so soon into the race in Australia too.’

Giancarlo Fisichella (car 21)

‘I think we honestly did our best here. At the start I had a lot of wheelspin and lost a lot of positions, I don’t know why but we have to look into it. On my first stint I was suffering a lot of understeer with graining on the soft tyres but then in my stop I adjusted the front flap and went onto the harder tyres and stayed on them for both stints. I am happy with the race pace later on though and it is promising for the rest of the season.’

Mike Gascoyne, chief technical officer

‘Some real positives from the weekend, but also some very bad luck for Adrian. He had had a difficult weekend until the race but then made a great start and his race pace was looking really strong, so it’s a real shame we had a hydraulic issue on his car very early on. Giancarlo made a bad start, but after the first stop he showed a really competitive race pace. Ultimately it was disappointing not to get two cars to the finish but overall I think we can look forward to a much better season than the team has had over the last few years.’

Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and managing director

‘Overall we have shown a genuine improvement in pace in Malaysia from last season. In 2007 this team was at the back of the grid, this year we were just 0.05secs from getting into Q2. We have bettered our fastest lap by over two seconds, more than any other team on the grid, but more importantly we showed that we are now able to race and are no longer the team bringing up the rear of the field. Unfortunately Adrian once again went out in the early stages through no fault of his own, which sadly denied him the chance to show how he could do under race conditions, but Giancarlo drove an excellent race, setting some very promising times and was able to fight for position. I feel this is highly promising for the rest of the season.’