A frustrating day for iSport in Bahrain Feature Race
Today’s Feature Race got off to a disappointing start for the iSport team, when Jolyon Palmer suffered an electrical failure on the way to the grid.
Jolyon Palmer in the iSport car at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain
The 32 lap feature race had proved promising for the British driver after qualifying P12 yesterday. However, on the way to the grid the number 8 car suffered electrical failure, resulting in Palmer retiring before the start of the race.
Fortunately for Marcus Ericsson, this gained him a place, resulting in him starting on the grid P16. Ericsson made good progress in the opening laps, however faced an ongoing battle with rookie Tom Dillmann for P12. On lap 16 Ericsson was P11, however the safety car was deployed due to a collision between Nasr and Cecotto, which resulted in traffic for the driver. Once the race had resumed, Ericsson gained another position, however lost pace in the last 5 laps due to tyre degradation, finally crossing the line in P13.
Paul Jackson – Team Principal
“Unfortunately Jolyon had an electrical fault that cut the engine. This is still being looked into, with no clear answer as yet. We will replace the components and have Jolyon back on the tract for tomorrow’s Sprint Race. Marcus had a very good pace and made great progress in parts, however struggled at times with tyre degradation due to running mostly in traffic, a legacy of his penalty in Malaysia. We hope to soon have a clean race starting at the front, to give the drivers a chance of a good result, we know is possible”
Tomorrow’s Sprint Race will see Palmer start at the back of the grid and Ericsson P13. The race starts at 10:35 local time and all the action will be live on Sky Sports F1.