Forgettable Race 1 for Draco Racing at Motorland Aragon

The team is now working hard for tomorrow, as a second Qualifying session and Race 2 are the perfect opportunity to hit back at misfortune.

Today wasn' exactly the Saturday Draco Racing were hoping for when they left their workshop headed for Motorland Aragon, where F.Renault 3.5 is holding the second round of the 2013 season.

The first race of the Spanish weekend brought the team two DNFs, with both Nico Müller and André Negrão forced to retire from the race.

André Negrao
André Negrao

Photo by: Renault Sport

The Swiss driver's performance came to a sudden stop during the very first lap when he was punted by a rival, while the Brazilian got back to the pits with just a few laps to go due to engine issues that are still being investigated by the Renault staff.

The day had started early in the morning with a wet Qualifying session that had seen a good performance by the team: Müller, with a brand new engine fitted to his car on Friday, posted the 8th quickest time while Negrão was not too far from him in P11.

They were both looking good for the race but lady luck didn't help them in fulfilling their expectations.

The team is now working hard for tomorrow, as a second Qualifying session and Race 2 are the perfect opportunity to hit back at misfortune.

Nico Müller (Q - P8; R1 - DNF): "I'm really disappointed. My start had been good and I had a great pace, so I felt that a very good result was in my reach today: being robbed of that because of someone else's fault is hard to accept.

I was well into the turn at the hairpin when I felt an hit in the back that damaged my car and forced me into a spin. It was Stevens who got on the brakes really late and came too deep into the corner, punting my rear left wheel.

Race Direction called after the race and defined it a 'Race incident', obviou sly I don't really agree with that".

André Negrão (Q - P13; R1 - DNF): "I had a good start and I was keeping the pace in the middle of the field when lights started flashing in the cockpit and I saw an oil-related alarm.

I didn't want to risk damaging the engine and so I got back into the pits immediately. The Renault guys are looking into the issue, maybe we will get a new V8 for tomorrow".

Draco Racing

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Series Formula Renault 3.5
Drivers Nico Müller , André Negrao
Article type Race report
Tags alcaniz, draco racing, motorland aragon, wsr