COLLISION ENDS ZAUGG'S PODIUM QUEST; FIRST-LAP MISERY FOR SENNA Adrian Zaugg was on course to score the best result of his GP2 career in Sunday morning's Nurburgring sprint... until a brush with a rival dashed his hopes. Lining up second for...
COLLISION ENDS ZAUGG'S PODIUM QUEST; FIRST-LAP MISERY FOR SENNA
Adrian Zaugg was on course to score the best result of his GP2 career in Sunday morning's Nurburgring sprint... until a brush with a rival dashed his hopes. Lining up second for Arden International, the South African held his position throughout a frantic opening lap and resisted intense pressure thereafter. On lap 16 Zaugg ran slightly wide at Turn Seven... and rising Japanese star Kohei Hirate (Trident) dived down the inside. The two cars brushed wheels and poor Zaugg slithered into the gravel on the outside of the circuit. His promising race was run.
His misfortune summed up a difficult day for Arden. Zaugg's team-mate Bruno Senna had high hopes of being able to carve through from 15th on the grid to challenge for points, but he sustained suspension damage during the opening lap and had no choice but to tour back to the pits to retire. In the wake of his fruitless weekend, the Brazilian has slipped from fifth to seventh in the standings.
The series continues in Budapest, Hungary, on August 4/5.
Bruno Senna: That was pure bad luck. My car felt really good, the best it has felt all weekend, but Ernesto Viso and I touched slightly. It was the lightest brush I have had all season, but it did the most damage. My suspension was bent and that was that. This has been a less than rewarding weekend.
Adrian Zaugg: Like Bruno, I was the victim of misfortune. Kohei Hirate saw that I was running wide and sensed an opportunity. Unfortunately he hit me and I was unable to scramble around the corner. I felt I raced well until then, though. I was able to cope with the pressure from behind, even when it intensified after 11 or 12 laps.