More disappointment for RDD drivers in Imola sprint Sunday at Imola brought more bad luck for the Renault Driver Development guys as both Lucas di Grassi and Jose Maria Lopez got involved in incidents, although at opposite ends of the...
More disappointment for RDD drivers in Imola sprint
Sunday at Imola brought more bad luck for the Renault Driver Development guys as both Lucas di Grassi and Jose Maria Lopez got involved in incidents, although at opposite ends of the race!
Both men had to start near the back after their retirements on Saturday, and that proved costly for Lucas. In the middle of the grid Adrian Valles failed to get off the line, and Lucas was completely unsighted as the driver immediately in front of him swerved out of the way at the last second. Lucas hit the stationary Valles and spun to a halt with most of the left side of the Durango machine wiped off. Fortunately he was perfectly OK.
Meanwhile Jose made a good start and gained some places off the line before the start accident brought out a safety car. After that he moved up from 15th to 11th with some good passing moved before getting caught behind Adam Carroll. On the penultimate lap an attempt to get by ended in contact, and while he was able to drive the car back to the pits, he dropped back to 19th.
The next race is at the Nurburgring in two weeks' time, and it will be the first time that Lucas has sampled the full circuit.
Lucas di Grassi (Durango): "It's a shame because I had a really good start. I got close to the guy in front, Sergio Fernandez. I was just behind him and when he saw the stalled car he moved, and when he moved I was in the line of the car. I tried to steer away, but there wasn't time. I had just enough reaction to change the direction a little bit, so I hit him with the left side. The car is a big mess, but these things happen when you start so far behind. The good thing is we can fix it, I'm OK, and we're looking forward to the next race. Last year I had a pole and a second place in the F3 Euroseries at Nurburgring, but only on the short circuit, so I know the half the track! Durango won there last year, but the cars are very different now."
Jose Maria Lopez (Super Nova): "It was good race, because here it's very difficult to pass, especially when guys are braking earlier and trying to slow you down in corners! I made a good start, and the car was good. I managed to pass some cars, but I got stuck behind Adam Carroll. Near the end I tried a move and it didn't go well! I went inside him at Tosa. I was half a car in front, but he closed me a little bit, and I was inside. I touched him a little bit and broke something in the car. We had the speed this weekend, but we didn't have the luck to score points. Last year Nurburgring was OK for me, and this team was good as well there."