Porto: Alex Zanardi weekend summary

THE SAFETY CAR WON! Hi guys, Here I am for the usual race report but to be honest this time I do not have much to say. Mediocre race on a mediocre track! The circuit of Porto, spectacular in terms of location, very difficult to interpret on...

THE SAFETY CAR WON!

Hi guys,

Here I am for the usual race report but to be honest this time I do not have much to say.

Mediocre race on a mediocre track! The circuit of Porto, spectacular in terms of location, very difficult to interpret on the single lap and therefore fascinating as few other tracks, offered in the race very little satisfactions both to us drivers and to fans on grand stands. The impossibility of performing an overtaking between insidious walls conditioned the spectacle that never matched up the minimum that should be offered to people buying a ticket. I am gonna be honest, I do not have an argument against who criticizes the choice of keeping in the calendar races like the Portuguese one.

Maybe, Federation delegates have the highest responsibilities in this since they should help local organizers to create tracks matching up the objective they have been designed for. I appreciate that this is never easy: whenever you want to build a circuit on street roads you are hugely conditioned by a lot of factors but if the final result is a race whereby qualifying and the positions sneaked at the getaway are the only way to establish the final classification since it is impossible to overtake, well in that case not only you guys that watch the race get bored but it is extremely frustrating even for us drivers running the race.

On a more personal level, my weekend has been quite opaque. I have been fairly competitive in free practice then we made a mistake in qualifying by choosing a setup that did not give the result we hoped for. Eleventh at the start, I was hoping for a good start to get into the zone that counts for the classification but I have been stuck in an almost-contact with two Seat in front of me, this having an opposite result to the yearned one. I lost two positions and my race was finished there. Twelfth at the end of race one, I had a very good start of race two but there was no space at all and to avoid bumping someone I had to release the gas while still on the main straight!

From then on I could not manage to get anything happening and I finished my effort in tenth position thanks to the retirement of Tarquini and Larini, who pushed themselves off in an overtaking attempt.

Perhaps, the only positive thing of the weekend was the outcome of the accident of Sergio Hernandez that, despite the huge fright due to its tremendous dynamics, did not prevent my nice friend to get out of the car a bit bruised but virtually unhurt.

This is just to look at things in an optimistic way. In fact, while hitting the wall built of "New jersey" blocks two of them moved, since they were inexplicably not tied together (!) and Sergio's car entered sideways into the third one destroying itself in a really violent way.

Anyway, the weekend is not archived and we now think about Brands Hatch, a track that in the past awarded us with a lot of big satisfactions and hopefully 2009 will not be the exception confirming the rule...

Now it is time to say goodbye, ciaoooo

-credit: alex-zanardi.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Sergio Hernandez