This weekend saw iSport at Silverstone, with the great British weather being the main talking point of the weekend.
Friday saw a very wet Practice session, with torrential rain causing 3 red flags during the 30 minute session, resulting in only 3 laps completed by both iSport drivers.
Later that afternoon, the weather didn’t improve for Qualifying, with wet conditions proving difficult yet again. Palmer had an impressive session, securing his best ever qualifying result, finishing 3rd after showing a strong pace from the onset. Although things were looking good for Ericsson in the first half, the driver along with Valsecchi, Nasr and Coletti stopped on track within moments of each other, which was found to be due to running out of fuel, which unfortunately caused Ericsson, along with the rest of the drivers to be excluded from the results.
Saturday’s Feature Race got off to a late start due to the restart of the F1 Qualifying. TheGP2 Race Director had little choice but to start the race under a safety car, due to the horrendous conditions out on track. Palmer maintained his 3rd position up until he pitted when he lost his place briefly to Guitierez, however regained it when Leimer made his pit stop. Ericsson made a great start, moving up to 17th from 21st, however changing to Slicks during the safety car episode proved a bad choice, with the track still slightly wet, the driver was unable to build up heat in his tyres and with another red car episode, Ericsson was unable to maintain his pace resulting in him falling down the line, finishing in 22nd place. Palmer kept his position until the end to secure yet another podium at his home race.
Jolyon Palmer celebrating 3rd place in Saturday’s Feature Race
Drier conditions came on Sunday for the Sprint Race, with both drivers starting the session on slicks. Palmer started 6th, however lost positions after a slow start but soon made a comeback from 13th to 8th, improving his pace on every lap. With 7 laps to go, he continued to gain positions, and in the final laps made it up to 5th where he crossed the finish line, the top Brit yet again. Ericsson too made a remarkable comeback from 21st place, where he moved up the field at an amazing pace. With rain threatening, the driver maintained his pace, crossing the line in 7th place at the chequered flag, a fantastic achievement from the back of the grid.
Paul Jackson - Team Principal
“A very challenging weekend for the drivers and the team with constantly changing weather conditions. However, both drivers came through it all making very few mistakes and bringing home more valuable points. The Sunday race was particularly satisfying as it was obvious to see that they both had great pace as they came through the field and showed their true potential. We hope that we can have both drivers challenging at the front next time out in Hockenheim.”
The iSport team leaves Silverstone in 6th place in the Team Championship, with both drivers now both in the top ten of the Drivers’ Championship. The team will now focus on the next round which takes place at Hockenheim next weekend.
Source: iSport International