Bahrain: ART Grand Prix race one, two report

It wasn't the start to the season that ART GP was hoping to achieve at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain today when despite some strong performances from both drivers, gremlins and bad luck intervened. For Michael Ammermuller, participation in today's...

It wasn't the start to the season that ART GP was hoping to achieve at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain today when despite some strong performances from both drivers, gremlins and bad luck intervened. For Michael Ammermuller, participation in today's race was almost nonexistent when after an accident in race one with Nakajima, his swollen wrist was cause for concern. However, the official word was that he was fit to race and he started the race with a strapped up wrist and high hopes, that unfortunately, did not come to pass. For teammate Lucas Di Grassi, a coming together with Zuber at the first corner meant he didn't even complete the first lap. Lucas was spun around and as a result, his car was too damaged to continue. Even though his strategy in Saturday's race was compromised, the points secured soften the blow to some degree.

Lucas Di Grassi: I had a good start in race 1 but our strategy was a bit of a mess and I lost some positions. Still, 5th was a reasonable result. In race 2 my aim was, at least, a podium. The car was good, I had a good feeling and it's a shame Zuber hit me behind at the first corner. I have been on pace since the beginning of the weekend and I was excepting twice as many points as we secured. But it's only the first race week-end, there is still time to catch up with the leaders, to improve the car and to improve myself. I'm pretty confident we can do great things.

Michael Ammermuller: The whole weekend had been frustrating. My engine blew up in the qualifying session and I could not put the second set of tyres. Otherwise, the top 6 would have been a rather easy target. I had a good start on Saturday, I made some positions but I struggled a lot with oversteering. I made an early pit stop and consequently my tyres were dead at the end of the race which was kind of problem to overtake. I also had good start in race 2, but once more I could not overtake. I had hard times to follow the car in front of me in the long straights, and I could not try to pass under the braking. Nakajima had new tires and could easily get passed in the last lap. It is disappointing but I know we are better than that and hopefully we'll prove it next round.

Frederic Vasseur: The performance is rather good but we had to cope with different problems the whole weekend. Lucas' radio was not working properly in race 1 and his late pit stop might have cost him the victory. As for Michael he was injured in the race on Saturday when Nakajima hit him and was close not to racing at all on Sunday. Just like the previous years, our championship debut is quite difficult, but I know we can do much better and our performance level is good. It's up to us to prove it in the next races.

-credit: artgp

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Frederic Vasseur , Michael Ammermüller
Teams ART Grand Prix