NO SATISFACTION AT SNETTERTON A disappointing performance in two qualifying sessions marred by torrential rain and red flags, left Formula 3 rookie Sam Abay with a challenging task in Sunday's British Formula 3 races at Snetterton, from which...
NO SATISFACTION AT SNETTERTON
A disappointing performance in two qualifying sessions marred by torrential rain and red flags, left Formula 3 rookie Sam Abay with a challenging task in Sunday's British Formula 3 races at Snetterton, from which he would have to start from 11th for race one and 10th for race two.
"In these conditions and with so many cars on such a small circuit, qualifying was an absolute lottery today. But it's the same for everyone and put simply, I just didn't get myself a clear run in traffic when it counted, It puts us very much on the back foot this weekend" said the youngster.
Sunny conditions greeted the 27 drivers for race one on Sunday morning. A great start from 11th on the grid saw Abay gain two positions on the first lap, forcing his way past Atte Mustonen and Jay Bridger, to move up to 9th place and onto the tail of Marcus Ericsson. As Ericsson moved past Nick Tandy, a battle emerged between Tandy, Mustonen, Abay and Grubmuller for 7th place. On lap 15, Grubmuller found a way past the Australian, dropping him to 10th. With Tandy now holding up the pursuing pack, Mustonen, Grubmuller and Abay formed a closely packed queue behind the Englishman. The group extended their lead over the following pack, led by 11th placed Jay Bridger, as they continued to climb all over the back of Tandy, but try as they might, no one was able to find a way past the Mygale driver. With positions remaining unchanged until the chequered flag, Abay would claim another points finish crossing the line in 10th position, but was left far from satisfied with the result. "We all got bottled up behind Tandy, and credit to him he did a great job holding us off, but it was just frustrating we weren't able to find a way past, because all three of us had a lot more pace."
Another good start saw abay move from 10th to 9th at the start of race 2, but his race ended almost before it began, clashing with Nick Tandy at the second turn on lap 1, before having to pit for a puncture. Rejoining the field a lap down, Abay's race would turn into an extended test session.
"We endured our most challenging weekend so far, all stemming from our poor qualifying. If you don't qualify well, you pay the price. This weekend we paid the price" said a candid Abay.