So close, yet so far... Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Dani Clos and Lucas Di Grassi, are leaving the Nurburgring with mixed emotions after today's sprint race. While the Spanish driver showed great pace and competitiveness to finish in...
So close, yet so far...
Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Dani Clos and Lucas Di Grassi, are leaving the Nurburgring with mixed emotions after today's sprint race. While the Spanish driver showed great pace and competitiveness to finish in eight place, his team-mate did not even make it to the first corner after being hit by Petrov at the start.
Despite finishing eight, and therefore not being able to get his first points of the season, Dani did an excellent race today at the Nurburgring after starting from 16th place on the grid. The Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver did what he does best at the beginning of a race, and that was overtaking three cars at the start. No satisfied with that, Dani continued to pursue the rest of the field ahead of him and by the end of lap four, he was already eleventh and did not waste any time fighting with Gonzalez for P10. The Venezuelan, however, soon entered the pits leaving the tenth to the Spanish rookie.
With Zuber within sight now, Dani put the pedal to the metal, but lost two places when Grosjean and Maldonado overtook him. Still behind Zuber, the Barcelona born driver reduced the distance to 0.5 seconds, but with the Austrian going into the pits, he inherited P11. Romanian Herck was the next driver in Dani's way, but the Fat Burner Racing Engineering boy dispatched him soon while at the same time had to deal with Rodriguez' pressure from behind. Valsecchi was the following man suffering Dani's hounding and by lap 12, the Spaniard made a great move to place himself in ninth position. During the last laps of the race, Dani did what he could to cut the gap to Maldonado, who was 4.2 seconds in front. And with just one lap to go, the Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver passed the Venezuelan with a great maneuver to cross the line in eight position.
Team-mate Lucas Di Grassi had a very different outcome in today's race. After having finished Saturday's feature race in seventh place, the Brazilian driver placed himself second on the grid, determined to fight for victory. However, as soon as the lights went out, Petrov hit him and the Fat Burner Racing Engineering car collided with Perez' car as a result, forcing him to retire and say goodbye to any possibility to reduce the gap in the championship's standings.
Dani Clos: The start wasn't good and the first lap was quite messy, but I was able to overtake several cars. During the race I was really consistent and felt really confident. I struggled a bit towards the middle of the race, but with the track drying up a bit, I set good lap times again. It was quite difficult to keep the tyres on temperature today. I passed Pastor (Maldonado) and caught up to the guys in front quite quickly. During the last lap I was about to overtake (Jerome) d'Ambrosio, but he cut the chicane to avoid me passing him. It was a good race and it's a shame how the weekend started. I need to improve a few more small things to really get the best out of everything.
Lucas Di Grassi: The start wasn't so good and I think I was in fifth. But (Vitaly) Petrov hit me and this bent my steering. When braking, the tyres locked and I wasn't able to turn. I am quite upset as there always seems to be something that keeps us from scoring good points.
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, Team President: Pity about Petrov hitting Lucas, who surely could have made it to the podium. We know the car is good, and so is Lucas. Bad luck. In regards to Dani, he did an amazing race. Pity he didn't start further up as we know he can be quick. Hopefully we will see him in the points at the next race. Well done to all the boys in the team. Once again they have done an excellent job, even though they didn't get the results they deserve.