WICKENS SCORES MORE POINTS AT HOCKENHEIM Canadian Robert Wickens racked up another points finish as he finished fifth in a disrupted GP3 Series second race at Hockenheim on Sunday, further strengthening his second place in the ...
WICKENS SCORES MORE POINTS AT HOCKENHEIM
Canadian Robert Wickens racked up another points finish as he finished fifth in a disrupted GP3 Series second race at Hockenheim on Sunday, further strengthening his second place in the drivers' championship.
Following his feature race victory in the Formula One support-race series' Saturday event, Wickens started today's race from eighth on the reverse grid. He converted this to sixth place at the start before a multi-car incident triggered a safety-car period at the end of lap one, which then kept the field in line for six laps.
At the re-start Wickens held position and was part of four-car train battling for third, but was stuck behind the Addax car of Mirko Bortolotti for the next seven laps. Although he gained a position when Felipe Guimaraes spun, his challenge for Bortolotti's fourth place was ended early by another safety car period on lap 15 which took the cars to the chequered flag in formation.
GMH Motorsport-backed driver Daniel Morad finished ninth after pulling off a sensational first lap for the second time this weekend. Starting 18th after being taken out of Saturday's race in a crash, the Canadian- Lebanese driver stormed through to take 10 places on the opening tour before his progress was also stopped by the safety car. At the re-start he continued to battle for a points-scoring position but on lap 12 lost out as he tried to pass the recovering Guimaraes and finished ninth.
Marussia Motors development driver Ivan Lukashevich enjoyed a fine race as he rose from 29th on the grid to finish 13th, picking his way through several midfield incidents and showing good pace to pass several cars on his way to his best result of the season.
The Drivers' View
Robert Wickens (CAN): (Result: 5th. Fastest lap: 1m33.64s. Championship position: 2nd, 34pts).
"It was just so frustrating to lose all those racing laps as I tried to progress. Bortolotti's a hard guy to pass but I had him lined up just as the final safety car came out - but that's racing. Still, it was important to get more points, and with the win yesterday that makes for a really positive weekend."
Daniel Morad (LIB): (Result: 9th. Fastest lap: 1m34.46s. Championship position: 7th, 15pts).
"It was a great first lap again, I got three cars off the line and one into the first corner, avoided the incidents and really came out looking strong. The car was very good, especially considering the lack of race time yesterday, and I think we go to Hungary next week with a very good performance baseline on the car."
Ivan Lukashevich (RUS): (Result: 13th. Fastest lap: 1m34.18s. Championship position: 30th, 0pts).
"The race was pretty hectic in the midfield! There were quite a few incidents to avoid, but I was able to keep my nose clean and pass a few cars so it's a positive result to take away from Germany."
-source: status gp