Ocean pleased to leave Sepang with points
6 April 2009 – The Ocean Racing Technology team was satisfied with its first GP2 Asia points in Malaysia at the weekend. Despite Sunday's wet sprint race throwing variables into the mix, Yelmur Buurman was delighted to finish fifth in Saturday's longer feature event, picking up four important points for the team in the process.
Having started eleventh on the grid, an F1 Nico Rosberg-like start saw Buurman already up to sixth position before the end of the first lap. "We knew points were in our grasp, and we could have scored on several other occasions this season," the 22-year-old said afterwards. "It is a done deal now, and it's proof that the team's hard work bears fruit. The start was crucial in the final result."
Team owner Tiago Monteiro was unable to travel to Asia as he was occupied with World Touring Car Commitments in France, although this didn't stop him expressing his happiness over the encouraging result. "It's like I was there," he said. "I fully trust José Guedes and all the members of the team, and we keep in touch all the time. My driving career is still a priority, and I have to make some sacrifices, but I was very happy at the end of the race because it proves that we're on the right track. We want more, we want to bring it even further and we have what it takes to make it happen," the Portuguese added.