Points for Natacha Gachnang in F2 FIA Championship at Barcelona
First Free Practice -
Second Free Practice - 1.41.451 - 22nd place
Qualifying 1 - 1.39.660 - 9th place
Qualifying 2 - 1.38.916 - 15th place
Race 1 - 7th place
Natacha Gachnang capitalized on her strong qualifying performance to claim her first points of the season in today's 20 lap first race at Barcelona. The young Swiss driver put in her best drive of the season to take seventh - after starting the race from ninth. Andy Soucek, the new F2 champion took his sixth win of the season.
Natacha had a good start from the ninth position on the grid, immediately making up a position, and then took seventh after a rival dropped off ahead of her. Natacha resisted pressure from other drivers to maintained her pace all through the race at the Montmelo circuit that she knows well. Tomorrow race 2 will be shorter and she will started from 15th place.
Natacha commented, "I am very pleased with my race at Barcelona today, and at the same time I am glad that I was at least able to earn my two first points of the season. It is always nice to finish on a high given all the incidents this season. Overall I was not too pleased with my first practice sessions, but I had good hopes to do well from a ninth place on the grid for race one. This race result is a good one, although it was not easy. However, I never took any unnecessary risks. It was not a busy race for the spectators, but I had one objective only: a good finish and points, and I did not want to ruin my chances today. I fought as much as I could and I am very pleased about the result and for my mechanics and engineers who helped all season. The second qualifying was not as strong as I wished for the second race tomorrow. But I will do my best again in a shorter race which also means less opportunities for climbing up the order."