Armaan finishes 10th; picks up points

Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 19:58 PM IST

Chennai: Rising Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim
managed to score some valuable points after finishing 10th in
the round 8 race of the FIA Fomula 2 Championship (Feeder
Series to F1) in Oschersleben on Monday.

Ebrahim was faced with problems in the second practice
session firstly due rain five minutes before the race and then
the old tyres fitted on to his car was worn out, according to
a release by his father Akbar Ebrahim here.

"All I can say is that the 10th place finish and to pick
up some points was very satisfying after the few ordeals that
I went through earlier. I do not want to comment on the goof
ups as these things do happen at times. Now, I just have to
focus on Valencia which comes up in two weeks time," Ebrahim
said.

Despite the lack of setting up changes in the car to help
him improve on his lap times, Ebrahim at one stage had to
abandon the last two laps for lack of fuel in his car
but somehow managed to score points with a tenth spot finish.

In the first qualifying, it was only when the track
started to dry a bit towards the end that he was able to pick
up the pace and then pass another 6 cars and finish back in
11th place as he had dropped down to 17th in the opening laps,
the release said.

"Qualifying 2 was a bit more hilarious. All were out on
slicks after the track started to dry out in the first 15
minutes of qualifying. After 3 laps, Armaan was 5th overall
and had not yet used his boost. He got shown the IN board as
there was not enough fuel for him to complete the session.

Unfortunately Armaan could not take advantage of this as he
had to abandon the last 2 laps due to lack of fuel. This put
Armaan in 12th place," Akbar has said in the release.

He said "Armaan managed to pass Championship leader
Jolyon Palmer and Lariche to latch on to 10th place and had a
wheel to wheel duel with Thomas Engg who is currently 3rd in
the championship. Armaan`s lap times were within the top 5
fastest race times."

PTI