Oschersleben: Alex Zanardi weekend summary

FROM RICHES TO RAGS-- BUT WITHOUT WANTING TO STAY THERE! Hi everyone. I am back here after a little bit of absconding due first to holidays and then to Oschersleben's race held yesterday. I am sorry for not 'bothering' with the Preview in the...

FROM RICHES TO RAGS-- BUT WITHOUT WANTING TO STAY THERE!

Hi everyone.

I am back here after a little bit of absconding due first to holidays and then to Oschersleben's race held yesterday. I am sorry for not 'bothering' with the Preview in the past days, my laziness was probably due to the fact that I did not feel this race at all.

In a way or in the other I come back from Germany very happy for my team that with Felix Porteiro scored a great victory and I get the chance to send my compliments to my town-mate Luca Rangoni that, with Roal, debuted with the new M3 in the Superstars championship with an amazing but fair and square victory.

Regarding myself, what to say? Qualifying has been very bad, but in the warm up we substantially modified the setup and the feeling was great. Unfortunately, after a very good start I was right behind Tom Coronel and in front of my team mate, that concluded respectively seventh and eighth in race one, but I have been bumped by Corthals at turn three. The Belgian driver pushed on the gas after the first collision and this did not allow me to get back in control of the car making me spin.

I finally tried to recover and overtaking after overtaking I achieved a decent twelfth final place and I have been the fastest BMW on track after Farfus despite the ballast that we were carrying on board for this occasion.

Obviously I am happy for the team and for my team mate but I have the regret of losing a similar chance that he managed to exploit very well due to the rush of an opponent.

In the second manche I got away very well but I have been stuck in the chaos originated at the funnel of turn one when Farfus had an accident with one of the Seats.

I managed to brake, saving the front bumper for this weekend, but someone could not avoid me from the back hitting me violently.

With the crashed car I started last again and I also thought to retire since a lot of smoke was coming out of my back due to some debris that, jammed within my fenders were rubbing on the rear wheels.

Then. 'sdraaang'! A series of terrifying noises and some pieces of my car flew away giving back speed to the car as when one releases the handbrake. At that point, pushing hard I could lap faster than the first drivers and this increased the rage for a lost chance. One positive thing: I will lose 25 kg for Imola and that is not a small thing!

For the rest the race has been a rodeo. From the one side the track's features do not allow 'fair-like' overtaking, from the other one we are in that stage of the season whereby interest involved push drivers to fight with fewer and fewer care in playing safe and respectful. This ends up in opening scores that originate anti-sportive behaviours, especially in a championship where the rule 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' is in force and where cars have bumpers not to be used for commercial purposes only.

With all the work that Stewards have to do at the end of the race, it is quite normal that there is often someone not really satisfied by their decisions, especially if people have memory of some episodes whereby other collegues got away with similar circumstances. Well, I think that who saw yesterday's race will agree with me that what has been shown yesterday falls in this 'case record'.

Definitely some things are not easy to understand by one that has a clear memory of how much it cost me to move a few centimeters in the main straight last year and that saw today everything wrecked due to a double bumping received by the same driver, afterwards judged a 'normal racing accident'.

Anyway, I hope I will go fast at Imola and, when in doubt, I will try to be out of problems!

Ciao

-credit: alex-zanardi

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Series WTCC
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Tom Coronel , Felix Porteiro , Luca Rangoni