Mann Inside Top 15 Following Chaos in Hungary Pippa Mann has taken a respectable 15th position in Race One of the World Series by Renault Hungarian round. In a chaotic race with yellow flags and safety cars, not to mention the...
Mann Inside Top 15 Following Chaos in Hungary
Pippa Mann has taken a respectable 15th position in Race One of the World Series by Renault Hungarian round. In a chaotic race with yellow flags and safety cars, not to mention the obligatory pitstop, Mann brought the car home (almost) unscathed to start tomorrow's Race Two from the eighth row of the grid.
Mann had a difficult start off the line from 25th place, and lost valuable track position going into the first corner. An incident prompted the safety car to be deployed and following a number of laps under yellows, the race re-started with Mann in 21st position. She then managed to hold position and as cars peeled into the pitlane ahead of her, Mann sailed up the order.
Pitting from 15th place, the team got Mann back out in 19th with 15 laps to go, and as the cars ahead went in for their pitstops, she settled into a comfortable 16th position.
With seven laps to go the safety car made yet another appearance at the Hungaroring, and by the time the green flags were waved there were just two laps remaining. Heading into the second corner following the re-start, Salvador Duran (Interwetten) tried to go around the outside of Mann and unfortunately left her no room. The incident bent the no. 20 car which made it increasingly difficult to drive for the remaining couple of laps. Mann had to settle for 18th position, while her team mate Fairuz Fauzy came across the line in second, to take a well-earned podium for himself and the Cram by P1 team. However, following an investigation into three cars that had allegedly entered the pitlane under yellows, Mann was awarded 15th position - fulfilling her start of season target for the third time.
Reflecting on Race One, Mann said, "I didn't have a great start but managed to work my way back throughout the race. I was struggling a bit for pace, and it was disappointing to have the incident after the second safety car just a couple of laps before the end of the race, but at least I was able to carry on. It's not an easy track to drive, physically or mentally, so I think we did a good job to claim 15th place. Tomorrow's race should be better - we'll fix the damage sustained in that incident and starting from 15th position could potentially give us a good result in Race Two - provided we can stay out of trouble. I'm really happy for Fairuz and the team though - they deserved a podium here so I'm very pleased they got it!"