Natacha Gachnang: "The potential is there" Qualifying: 14th place - 1.28.729 Race 1: 11th place Race 2 DNF victim of accident at start Saturday 30 May 2009 The weekend at Valencia was full of emotion for Natacha Gachnang, the Swiss...
Natacha Gachnang: "The potential is there"
Qualifying: 14th place - 1.28.729
Race 1: 11th place
Race 2 DNF victim of accident at start
Saturday 30 May 2009 The weekend at Valencia was full of emotion for Natacha Gachnang, the Swiss driver from Aigle. This first round of the new Formula 2 season marked the series' return after its last event 25 years ago. This weekend 25 drivers lined up in identical cars running Avon tyres.
For Natacha, like her rivals, there was a lot to get used to with the new car and a circuit to learn as well. Fortunately the weather was good all weekend, remaining dry and sunny a marked contrast to pre-season tests at Snetterton and Silverstone where rain disrupted running.
In the first race Natacha finished eleventh, having started from fourteenth on the grid. She narrowly missed out on points. In the second race she was unable to show her potential as a result of being hit at the start by another driver. Her car was too badly damaged to continue.
"I wanted points this weekend so I'm disappointed," Natacha said. "Yesterday I was encouraged by finishing the race in a competitive eleventh place after some challenging moments and was confident of doing better in race two. However I was hit in the second corner by another car which mounted my rear left rear tyre and sent me off into the gravel trap. That was the end of my race. You never know what will happen in a race, but I had hoped for a positive result for the team which has worked so hard."
"The next F2 round is at Brno on 19-20 June. It's a track that I know well, having clocked the best times in Formula BMW testing in 2003 against Vettel. I also had experience driving there in 2006 as the rookie for A1 Team Switzerland. But beforehand, I will be making my first visit to Le Mans in the European Master's Series with Hope Polevision Racing on 12 June, a mini-endurance race with two drivers per car."