"All it takes is one idiot to ruin a championship fight. And today that idiot revealed himself by pile driving himself into everyone at T1," said Conor Daly after a first corner crash that eliminated him from race one of the GP3 Championship in Monza, Italy this afternoon.
It was a chaotic few seconds with drivers attempting to survive the carnage and when the dust settled Daly was in second place, however his car was terminally damaged. Zamaperelli first hit his teammate, long time championship leader, Tio Ellinas, and then hit Daly and broke his right front wing end plate. The wing end plate sliced into the front right tire as he exited the first chicane and his day ended in a cloud of tire smoke as he attempted to brake for the 2nd chicane.
It was a bitter end to the day because of circumstances out of his control. He fell from 2nd in the championship, 14 points back, to 3rd, 29 points back. He will start at the back of the grid in race two and will have a challenge on his hands to attempt to score any points at all.
Daly drives for the French based ART Grand Prix team, which is regarded as one of Europe's best junior teams. Past drivers to have gone through ART include current Formula One drivers such as; Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil, Jules Bianchi and Paul DiResta.
GP3 is part of the Formula One support program with all races except Valencia taking place at rounds of the Formula One World Championship. The final rounds will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 1st-3rd.