CONTACT DENIES CHAVES FROM CONVERTING ITALIAN F3 POLE INTO WIN IN GERMANY Reigning FBMW Americas exited Hockenheimring second in Rookie of the Year title chase HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY (June 14, 2010) - While contact by other drivers prevented...
CONTACT DENIES CHAVES FROM CONVERTING ITALIAN F3 POLE INTO WIN IN GERMANY
Reigning FBMW Americas exited Hockenheimring second in Rookie of the Year title chase
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY (June 14, 2010) - While contact by other drivers prevented American Gabby Chaves from potentially winning his first junior formula car race in Europe this weekend (June 12-13) at the Hockenheimring, he exited Rounds Three and Four of the Italian Formula 3 Championship with his first series pole position, and lying second in the Rookie of the Year title chase.
Getting his first chance to race on a Formula One circuit in Europe, Chaves utilized the opening two practice runs at the renowned Hockenheimring in Germany to work on car setup and begin posting some quick times. Setting the stage for what would ultimately be a successful qualifying outing, the highly-rated teenager ended the two sessions as the quickest Mygale chassis pilot, and the second fastest rookie.
Always looking for more time on-track, Chaves truly made his mark in the lone qualifying session for the German doubleheader. The Eurointernational racer, in what was an entertaining damp but drying outing, posted the fastest time just as the checkered flag waved, giving both the rookie and his Italia F3 newcomer squad their first series pole position.
Unfortunately for Chaves, due to some back luck and over aggressive driving by other racers, this proved to be the highlight of his weekend.
Starting P1, the reigning Formula BMW Americas champion was poised to challenge for the win when Round Three got underway on Saturday afternoon. That was not to be the case however, as on the opening lap Chaves was struck from behind by another competitor. With suspension and aero damage, Chaves was immediately shuffled back third. Continually fighting his less than ideal car, the teenager retained the podium position throughout the opening half of the 19-lap affair, before eventually falling back to sixth place at the stripe, the top rookie and Mygale pilot.
Returning to the 2.842-mile Hockenheimring road course in southern Germany one day later, Chaves lined P8 for Round Four due to the series rule inverting the top-eight from qualifying. With the talented Eurointernational crew having repaired his F3 steed, the America was ready to work his way forward when the race got underway. Chaves never got the opportunity unfortunately, as he was collected by an opening lap multi-car collision, ending his race prematurely.
"I very disappointed I was not able to convert my first series pole position into a couple wins or podium finishes," stated Chaves. "Unfortunately a few people got carried way at the start in both races and there was nothing I could do. That being said, I was able to salvage some points in the opening race, and we have shown that we have the speed to challenge for wins. Once again I have to thank the Eurointernational crew for all their hard work. I'm looking forward to the next two races back in Italy."
Chaves resumes his pursuit of junior open-wheel wins and a championship title in Europe on July 3-4, with Rounds Five and Six of the Italian Formula 3 Championship at the famed Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy.