|As the race reached its final stages, its length now determined by elapsed time as to run the full distance would have exceeded the maximum time allowed, positions continued to remain unchanged throughout the field. However lap 24 saw Berthon retire out on the circuit when the battery alarm went on the steering wheel and turned off the car’s engine. The Racing Engineering Team later verified that this problem was caused by a failure of the alternator, something beyond the control of the team.
With both of the Racing Engineering drivers having suffered problems in today’s race and thus towards the rear of the grid they will have their work cut out to achieve anything tomorrow but neither will be giving up and the team will take the chance to continue familiarising themselves with the new Dallara chassis and the Pirelli tyres.
Well, my race was over before it even started. It's a disappointment as we obviously wanted to gain information on the car and the new tyres. Our main target is to be ready for the Main Series and therefore we need to collect as much information as we can. So tomorrow will be a test run for me as little more is possible from my starting position. We will therefore validate the information gained under race conditions. I am sure the team will do a great job and work flat out to have the car ready.
I had a good start and also kept my position at the restart after the safety car when I ran in eighth. Then I made a mistake and two cars passed me, but I think this might have been due to some dirt I picked up with my tyres. Our pit stop was quick and I closed the gap to Chilton. I was confident as I wasn't pushing too hard, keeping in mind the remaining laps of the race. Then an alarm on my steering turned on and the car shut down.
It's a pity as I was the best rookie and I might have even scored a point in my first race ever in GP2. This would have been a great performance as I am happy to fight against these experienced drivers in GP2. So, it's a disappointment for my team and me as we were on for a good result.
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, president of Racing Engineering:
Very disappointed. Sadly enough someone hit Dani very hard when he stalled on the grid. Although we do not know the exact extent of the damage, we can already say that our mechanics will have to work all night, if the car is repairable.
In regards to Nathanaël, he drove very well and had a good pit stop. Then an alarm light turned off on his steering wheel and the car stopped. It's a pity as in the end it basically came down to nothing. Given the starting positions, we will use tomorrow's race to learn more about the car.
Saturday 12th February
16:50 Pit Lane opens
16:55 Pit Lane closes - Grid
17:05 Formation lap