Qualifying 1 1.39.939 - P13 Race 1 - 15th (21 laps) The 45-minute, 21-lap race one at Imola began in sunny conditions after dark morning clouds cleared. Kazim Vasiliauskas took his first F2 victory in the race while Mirko Bortollotti was also...
Qualifying 1 1.39.939 - P13
Race 1 - 15th (21 laps)
The 45-minute, 21-lap race one at Imola began in sunny conditions after dark morning clouds cleared. Kazim Vasiliauskas took his first F2 victory in the race while Mirko Bortollotti was also on the podium meaning Natacha Gachnang's two team mates were both on the rostrum at the end of the race. Andy Soucek completed the podium in third, the new F2 champion.
Natacha finished the race in 15th. She had a good start from the sixth row of the grid in 13th and was up to 11th position. She then worked her way up to seventh before the safety car was deployed when two other drivers collided. When the race resumed Natacha was chasing down the leaders but put a wheel on the verge and went off losing several positions before she could rejoin in 13th. As she got back into a good rhythm, Jack Clarke went off at the chicane and forced Natacha to lose ground which saw her passed by two cars and drop to 15th.
Natacha commented, "I am disappointed with my race at Imola today, but at the same time I am glad that I was at least able to make it to the finish given all the incidents. When I noticed that my steering column had been damaged and the steering wheel was to the right after the safety car, I thought for a moment that I'd be lucky to finish the race. This incident really ruined my chances today. But at least I fought well and my mechanics and engineer assured me that the damage was repairable in time for the second qualifying and the second race tomorrow. The only positive thing was that I finished the race 39 seconds behind the new F2 world champion, Andy Soucek, who is a good friend. Congratulations Andy!"