Red Bull Team Forsythe Frustrated in Edmonton Race Two EDMONTON, Alberta -- After a difficult qualifying session that saw Red Bull Team Forsythe Atlantic drivers John Edwards and Robert Wickens fight traffic and red flags to claim 9th and 16th...
Red Bull Team Forsythe Frustrated in Edmonton Race Two
EDMONTON, Alberta -- After a difficult qualifying session that saw Red Bull Team Forsythe Atlantic drivers John Edwards and Robert Wickens fight traffic and red flags to claim 9th and 16th positions respectively on the 23-car grid for today's Race Two of the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton doubleheader, frustration ensued as both drivers encountered challenges in the race that saw the pair battle back from adversity. At the start, Wickens got off the line well from his eighth-row starting spot and moved past several drivers. Edwards, starting on the inside lane of row five, encountered excessive wheelspin on the painted stripes marking the airport circuit's front straight runway and fell back to 12th spot.
Wickens moved as high as eighth before contact with another car caused a punctured right front tire and suspension damage, forcing two pit stops that saw the Toronto teenager fall to the rear of the field in 19th spot. Despite the setback, Wickens methodically picked off car after car to eventually come under the checkered flag in 11th. Edwards also found good pace in the race after the setback at the start and made several strong moves at Turn One to move up three spots, eventually finishing ninth.
"I smoked the tires pretty good on the painted line when the lights went out and lost a bunch of spots, but the car was pretty good. I had a little handling problem that I had to figure out how to drive around but once I adjusted my line and technique the lap times were right there with the front runners. I was carrying good speed through the chicane before the front straight and was able to get back past a few people, but I ended up where I started so it was pretty frustrating."
"I got a good start and was right there in the thick of things but I touched wheels with another car that cut my tire and bent my front suspension. I had to pit to replace the tire, and the team had a look at the suspension and told me that it wasn't in danger of failing so I went back out. The handling was pretty twitchy after that but I was able to turn good lap times and managed to work my way though the pack for some decent points."
Next up for Red Bull Team Forsythe is the San Jose Grand Prix, July 27-29 on the downtown streets in the heart of Silicon Valley.