Since the beginning of the season, the Team Australia drivers never ranked beyond the seventh place on the starting grid. In San Jose unfortunately, the qualifying sessions reversed the trend. Whereas Simon just scored the second best lap, he...
Since the beginning of the season, the Team Australia drivers never ranked beyond the seventh place on the starting grid. In San Jose unfortunately, the qualifying sessions reversed the trend. Whereas Simon just scored the second best lap, he pushes too hard and spins around in the corner 6. This incident imposes a red flag, what cancels the Frenchman's best performance. He will finally start the race from the ninth position. But then, other troubles appear. Whereas Simon is following the leaders and saves his fuel, he gets crashed in the pitlane what costs him some precious positions. Finally, the soft tyres choice at the end of the race was the wrong one, as their grip quickly decrease. On the last run, Pagenaud is struggling with this strategy. Wrongly accused of having blocked one of his competitors, he is even penalized and ranks tenth. Let's prepare now the Road America rendezvous, where Simon secured the Champ Car Atlantic title, last season.
Simon Pagenaud : " San Jose remains the weekend where we were the quickest on track. Unfortunately, a couple of small incidents totally transformed our performance and the result we expected. It began in the qualifying session when my small mistake required a red flag and cancelled my second place (one hundredth from Justin Wilson's pole position). Racing behind Sebastien Bourdais, I took pains to save my fuel. But in the second pit-stop, we were all surprised when Alex Figge cut short the entry of the pit-lane. Everybody collided, I had to change my front wings and my front suspensions were damaged. The handling of my car has been altered indeed. A wrong tyre choice at the end of the race dashed our last hopes. Without mentioning my 25 sec penalty because I supposedly blocked Tristan Gommendy. I can't wait to race in Road America ! "