Disappointing second race at Imola for Natacha Gachnang First Free Practice - 1.41.513 - P15 Second Free Practice - 1.41.328 - P17 Qualifying 1 1.39.939 - P13 Qualifying 2 - 4 laps - P25 Race 1 - 15th (21 laps) Race 2 DNF Natacha Gachnang...
Disappointing second race at Imola for Natacha Gachnang
First Free Practice - 1.41.513 - P15
Second Free Practice - 1.41.328 - P17
Qualifying 1 1.39.939 - P13
Qualifying 2 - 4 laps - P25
Race 1 - 15th (21 laps)
Race 2 DNF
Natacha Gachnang found herself starting from the last row of the grid for the 15-lap second race after a qualifying session that, for her, stopped in the gravel after just 4 laps. Natacha Gachnang's second race at the Imola circuit was over almost before it had really begun this afternoon. After a strong start, the young Swiss female driver was ranking at 18th as the safety car came out. But then, the 21 year old driver was involved in a collision with Italian Pietro Gangolfi. Pietro Gangolfi most probably did not see that the cars were slowing down because of the pace car and hit her from behind. This put Natacha out of the race. It was an unfortunate accident that also took with it her chances of a good showing from the weekend.
Natacha had qualified for a frustrating 25th gid position after a mistake at Minerali. She made a fantastic start from her grid slot and was fighting hard. "What can I say about the poor qualifying result? It was my fault. I can admit that my session ended in the gravel in the first few moments at Minerali,"
Natacha said. "But for the race, even if I started last in the second race there is not much to do when another driver does not realize why you are slowing down and hits you from behind at full speed. So that was it. My race was over after one lap. It's a shame, but after qualifying this morning, the day finished with another annoying and frustrating disappointment. Anyway, I am looking towards Barcelona's final two races of the championship. I know the Montmelo circuit well and I had good results there in F3. Today's race showed that I should have done better here, so you never know how things end. As I did not race, I was pleased to see our new FIA F2 Champion, Andy Soucek on the podium and win this race. Congratulations Andy!"