START DRAMAS END DPR'S DAY David Price Racing (DPR) were ready for the second day of racing in the GP2 Series fifth round at Silverstone in the UK this morning, but it was very difficult weather and track conditions that greeted the team, with...
START DRAMAS END DPR'S DAY
David Price Racing (DPR) were ready for the second day of racing in the GP2 Series fifth round at Silverstone in the UK this morning, but it was very difficult weather and track conditions that greeted the team, with heavy rain and a greasy track. It was to prove a short day for the team at their home event after both drivers were out of the race at the start. Unfortunately Michael Herck, set to race in only his fourth event of the Series, was unable to take the green flag after a small error on his out lap ended with a slide into the tyres at Copse. It was a first lap incident that ended Diego Nunes' day, with the Brazilian driver slipping into the gravel and unable to rejoin the race.
Today's dramas began before the grid had formed, with fifth placed driver, Sebastien Buemi being caught out by the slippery track. Unfortunately Herck was another to fall foul of the track conditions, with a spin at Copse ending with the young driver slewing into the tyres, damaging his car and ending his day before it had begun.
Nunes lined up on the grid in 17th place, and after showing strong pace yesterday was hoping to improve on his start position over the course of the race. However, it was a first lap incident which finished the day for DPR. Nunes made a good start, but a first corner incident among the spray and melee of cars ended with Nunes off track and into retirement.
David Price, Team Principal, reflected on the disappointing day, "What can I say? Thirteen cars didn't take the chequered flag today, but unfortunately two of them were ours. It does show just how treacherous it was for these young drivers. Michael's lack of experience with the car in this type of weather put him out, which was unfortunate, while Diego was unlucky to be out at the start. When we're starting so far back there's more likelihood of being caught up in first lap incidents as was proved today."
DPR will move on to Hockenheim, Germany, for the sixth round of the GP2 Series in two weeks time.