Filippi Forced Out Of Feature Race
Luca Filippi’s race today didn’t live up to expectations, with the Italian collected by another driver having an accident and ending his race on the spot. Fairuz produced a spirited drive to get himself up to a 12th place finish, overtaking a number of cars and showing some good race pace. In fact he got up as high as P10 until the tyres dropped off - a problem that all drivers encountered, with some even making two pit stops. Luca didn’t get away from the line very well and got pushed out wide at turn one, resulting in 6th place at the end of the first lap and news of a safety car. After the restart, Luca began his push to get back up the field, dispatching both racing engineering cars and Jules Bianchi on his way back up to P3 and the only car able to match the pace of the top two. A good pit stop followed and Luca returned to track behind Cecotto who hadn’t made his mandatory stop, and attempted to make life difficult for a much faster Luca to get past. Unfortunately this ended in disaster as the Venezualan lost control at turn 8 and left the track - only to come back on and take Luca out of the race.
Fairuz Fauzy - P12
‘I think it is quite a productive day today. There was a big mess at the beginning of the race and we had to change our strategy and change tyres earlier. The pit stop was good and we were running in P10 and looking good to gain some more places, but the tyres went off a lot at the end, causing me to lose a couple of places. A lot of people who changed tyres early had the same problem and the later ones had an advantage at the end. I was happy when the tyre was good and we need to make some changes for the tyres to last for longer. We have made a lot of progress this weekend and I think we are pushing in the right direction.’
Luca Filippi - DNF
‘Very disappointing today because, for sure, we were getting our first podium of the season and we had the pace to challenge for the win. I didn’t make the best of starts and got pushed wide at the exit to the first corner, losing three places, but my car was faster and I could overtake these cars back. We made a good pit call and stop at the right time but then there was Cecotto in front, who wasn’t racing against us, having an accident in front of me and he came back onto the track and hit my rear hard. On the positive side, I am very happy with the speed of the car and we already have the pace to fight for the win, which puts us in great shape for the rest of the championship.’
‘Not the start to the season that we had hoped for. Luca redeemed himself after a poor start to catch and overtake Clos, Bianchi and Vietoris and regain his third position. Looking like the only person who could challenge the front two, Luca was then taken out following Cecotto’s stupidity. Fairuz did a solid job today and used his head well to put him in a position to potentially pick up some points tomorrow.’
-source: super nova