Disappointing race for Conway

Disappointing race for Conway

25 August 2007 – Reigning British F3 champion Mike Conway's maiden season in the GP2 Series took another difficult twist at Istanbul Park on Saturday, where he was forced out of the race with steering damage on his Super Nova International car after a first corner incident.

GP2 rookie Mike, who was sampling the challenging Istanbul Park venue for the first time in his career, was in confident mood after 30-minutes of free practice, which he finished 10th fastest in the lap times, quicker than many of the second-year GP2 drivers. However, a seemingly innocuous incident would come back to haunt him when he passed a cruising Karun Chandhok (Durango) at Turn 3 during the session.

Unfortunately, as Mike completed the manoeuvre, he didn't notice a yellow flag on the inside of the corner, and had already completed the move by the time he saw the yellow at the exit. Despite making an honest mistake, with no-one being put at any genuine risk, Race Stewards decided to make an example of him and gave him a seven-place grid penalty. 

"It was all a bit unfortunate," said Mike. "You can't see the marshals post on the inside of the corner very clearly at the best of times, and I just didn't know there was a yellow there as Karun let me past. Unfortunately, I passed him in a yellow flag zone, and rules are rules, so I'll just have to be more aware of that in the future.

"They did acknowledge there is a bit of a problem with the position of that marshals post, so maybe they'll do something about it in time for next year's race here."

With the penalty looming over him going into qualifying, Mike had to stay focused on doing the best job he could. His first run on new tyres was hampered by a tyre pressure issue, so he had to set his quickest time on his final run. He did just that, with a time good enough for 12th on the grid - albeit, with a demotion to 19th.

"I think P12 would have been okay, because I'd have the chance to get into the top eight from there and benefit from the reverse grid. But it's going to be much tougher from down there in 19th, so I'm going to have to push really hard right from the start and see what happens. If I'd found another two-tenths, I would have been four or five places higher up, but it shows just how competitive this series is."

His race did not last long. After making a great start, he was right behind Barcelona winner Bruno Senna going into Turn 1. With a BCN car right alongside him, Mike stayed wide, but unfortunately his car snapped into a spin, and he was collected by two cars he'd already passed.

"I slowed down a lot for the first turn, it wasn't a case of me going too fast," said Mike. "But the rear just came around on me. I pulled the clutch, and was ready to go again, but I just knew someone would hit me, because of where the car had spun to a halt. First Andy Soucek hit me, and then Adrian Zaugg.

Mike rejoined the race, and caught back up with the pack, but when he made his pitstop, along with most of the field on lap two, his team checked the car for damage and spotted that his steering arm was too bent to continue safely, so they chose to retire the car.

"Getting the penalty yesterday certainly didn't help my cause, as I was started further back than I should have, but the car felt really good when I was going. We'll be okay for tomorrow, so I'm confident I can put on a good charge from the back." 

The GP2 series is the final stepping stone on a drivers path to Formula One, and with the races taking place at the Grands Prix, is a showcase of their talents in front of their peers and the F1 paddock. Conway is reigning British F3 champion and graduated to the GP2 series for this season.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Tuesday 2 September 2014

  2. Ferrari open to Ross Brawn return 14:42

    Ferrari open to Ross Brawn return

    Ferrari's new Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci, has said that he would welcome back Ross Brawn, should the latter desire to...

    F1
  3. Video: Räikkönen puts on show in Rotterdam 13:28

    Video: Räikkönen puts on show in Rotterdam

    Look back at Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen's demo runs at the VKV City Racing event in Rotterdam.

    F1
  4. McLaren looks to consolidate fifth position 11:39

    McLaren looks to consolidate fifth position

    McLaren says its aim for the rest of the season is to secure fifth in the championship standings. The Woking-based team...

    F1
  5. Two DRS zones retained for Monza 10:41

    Two DRS zones retained for Monza

    The FIA has retained the traditional pair of DRS zones for this year's Italian Grand Prix. Since the introduction of the...

    F1
  6. Alonso insists he will stay at Ferrari 09:14

    Alonso insists he will stay at Ferrari

    Fernando Alonso insists that he has no intention to leave Ferrari at the end of the 2014 campaign. The Italian marque,...

    F1
  7. Sochi grandstand named in Kvyat's honour 08:23

    Sochi grandstand named in Kvyat's honour

    Russian Grand Prix organisers have named a grandstand at Sochi Autodrom in Daniil Kvyat's honour. The grandstand in...

    F1
  8. Honda open to customer teams from 2016 07:12

    Honda open to customer teams from 2016

    Honda says it would be open to supplying customer teams in Formula 1 from the 2016 campaign, having clarified that its power...

    F1
  9. Monza memories: Closest Formula 1 finish 05:07

    Monza memories: Closest Formula 1 finish

    Relive the closest finish in Formula 1 history at the 1971 Italian Grand Prix. Peter Gethin took the chequered flag first,...

    F1
  10. Monday 1 September 2014

  11. Video: Ronaldo, Button go for a spin 18:57

    Video: Ronaldo, Button go for a spin

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo went for a spin with McLaren driver Jenson Button at the Circuito del Jarama on...

    F1
  12. I won't give up in title fight, Hamilton vows 18:04

    I won't give up in title fight, Hamilton vows

    Lewis Hamilton insists that he will not give up in his quest for the 2014 Formula 1 title, as he looks to cut Mercedes...

    F1
  13. Van der Garde gets another FP1 outing 16:00

    Van der Garde gets another FP1 outing

    Sauber reserve Giedo van der Garde will get his seventh practice outing of 2014 at the Italian Grand Prix. The former...

    F1
  14. Honda can match Mercedes, Arai reaffirms 14:09

    Honda can match Mercedes, Arai reaffirms

    Honda's motorsport chief, Yasuhisa Arai, has reiterated his belief that the Japanese brand will be able to match current...

    F1
  15. Lotus drivers back Parabolica changes 13:42

    Lotus drivers back Parabolica changes

    Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado have backed the decision to replace the gravel trap on the outside of Monza's...

    F1
  16. Ricciardo collects Lorenzo Bandini trophy 12:50

    Ricciardo collects Lorenzo Bandini trophy

    Daniel Ricciardo collected the Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini at a ceremony in Brisighella, Italy on Sunday. The trophy, awarded...

    F1
  17. 11:13

    Photos: 2014 VKV City Racing Rotterdam

    F1
  18. Álex Márquez seals Moto2 promotion 11:07

    Álex Márquez seals Moto2 promotion

    Álex Márquez, the younger brother of reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc, will step up to the Moto2 class with the Mark VDS R...

    MotoGP
  19. Force India duo confident over Monza chances 10:37

    Force India duo confident over Monza chances

    Force India drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez are hopeful of putting together a more competitive showing at this w...

    F1
  20. Márquez had 'score to settle' after 2013 09:14

    Márquez had 'score to settle' after 2013

    Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez says he had a "score to settle" with Jorge Lorenzo at this year's British Grand Prix, having...

    MotoGP
  21. Monza memories: Button caught out at restart 05:00

    Monza memories: Button caught out at restart

    Relive the drama as Jenson Button is caught out by a slow Safety Car restart at the 2000 Italian Grand Prix.

    F1
  22. Sunday 31 August 2014

  23. Aleshin's condition upgraded to stable 15:57

    Aleshin's condition upgraded to stable

    Mikhail Aleshin will remain in hospital but his condition has been upgraded to stable following his huge IndyCar practice...

    Indy
  24. Verstappen damages wing during Rotterdam run 15:42

    Verstappen damages wing during Rotterdam run

    Dutch youngster Max Verstappen has had a minor crash during his first public Formula 1 outing at the VKV City Racing event...

    F1
  25. Williams plans to retain Massa, Bottas – Smedley 14:31

    Williams plans to retain Massa, Bottas – Smedley

    Williams Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley says the team plans to retain current drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri...

    F1
  26. 13:51

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  27. Márquez beats Lorenzo for 11th win of 2014 13:50

    Márquez beats Lorenzo for 11th win of 2014

    Marc Márquez came out on top in a battle with Jorge Lorenzo to claim his 11th victory of the season in the British Grand...

    MotoGP
  28. Lotterer open to more Caterham outings 11:49

    Lotterer open to more Caterham outings

    André Lotterer says he is open to more Formula 1 outings with Caterham, having made his debut in the sport with the team at...

    F1
  29. Gastaldi adamant Lotus can revive fortunes 10:09

    Gastaldi adamant Lotus can revive fortunes

    Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi is adamant that there is 'plenty to look forward to' at Lotus, despite the squad...

    F1
  30. 06:00

    Latest IndyCar photos: Saturday at Fontana

    Indy
  31. Power finally captures title, Kanaan wins Fontana 05:54

    Power finally captures title, Kanaan wins Fontana

    Will Power's voice cracked audibly as he spoke to his team on the cool-down laps at Fontana on Saturday night.  Three times...

    Indy
  32. Video of the Day: Formula 1 in every Renault 05:00

    Video of the Day: Formula 1 in every Renault

    Renault drivers receive an unexpected, special welcome whilst arriving at a supermarket car park.

    F1
  33. Saturday 30 August 2014

  34. 18:24

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  35. Márquez beats Dovizioso to Silverstone pole 15:01

    Márquez beats Dovizioso to Silverstone pole

    MotoGP championship leader Marc Márquez claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix in cool and cloudy conditions...

    MotoGP
  36. Maldonado anticipating tough Monza weekend 13:18

    Maldonado anticipating tough Monza weekend

    Pastor Maldonado is anticipating a tough time for Lotus as Formula 1 heads to the high-speed Monza for next weekend's...

    F1
  37. 12:30

    Photos: Red Bull's 50 Formula 1 wins

    F1
  38. Márquez quickest despite fall at Silverstone 10:48

    Márquez quickest despite fall at Silverstone

    Marc Márquez set the fastest time during the third practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, before...

    MotoGP
  39. Aleshin in 'serious but stable' condition 10:09

    Aleshin in 'serious but stable' condition

    SMP Racing driver Mikhail Aleshin is in a 'serious but stable' condition following a violent accident during practice for...

    Indy
  40. Video of the Day: Singapore winner's trophy 05:00

    Video of the Day: Singapore winner's trophy

    View the winner's trophy for this year's Singapore Grand Prix, inspired by the Singapore Airlines logo.

    F1
  41. Aleshin airlifted to hospital after violent crash 04:50

    Aleshin airlifted to hospital after violent crash

    Russian rookie Mikhail Aleshin has been airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in California after a violent...

    Indy
  42. Friday 29 August 2014

  43. Castroneves chips into points lead with Fontana pole 23:57

    Castroneves chips into points lead with Fontana pole

    Helio Castroneves picked up his second pole position of 2014 at the most crucial time possible: On the eve of the...

    Indy
  44. 23:57

    Latest IndyCar photos: Friday at Fontana

    Indy
  45. IndyCar to lose Houston, switch Toronto for Mosport 20:17

    IndyCar to lose Houston, switch Toronto for Mosport

    IndyCar confirmed today that the Houston street course would not be a part of the 2015 schedule.   Twice a sight of...

    Indy
more news