Joy turns to despair for iSport A race that promised much yielded little for iSport at Spa-Francorchamps. GP2 title challenger Bruno Senna led away from pole position after a Safety Car start on a damp track, but his chances were ruined when ...
Joy turns to despair for iSport
A race that promised much yielded little for iSport at Spa-Francorchamps. GP2 title challenger Bruno Senna led away from pole position after a Safety Car start on a damp track, but his chances were ruined when stewards ruled that he had rejoined the circuit in an inappropriate manner after his tyre stop. The incident was almost identical to that which befell Formula One star Felipe Massa in Valencia recently. Then, Massa's Ferrari team was punished but the driver escaped punishment. On this occasion, however, Senna was given a drive-through penalty that dropped him from first place to the tail of the field. He fought back to finish 12th, one place behind team-mate Karun Chandhok. The Indian struggled in wet conditions at the start of the race, for reasons that have yet to be established, but his speed in the dry allowed him to make rapid progress back through the field.
"That was a real mystery. I was fastest in the wet yesterday and then ridiculously off the pace today. We need to take a good look at the car to see what went wrong. Everything felt fine in the dry, but when you start on the back foot - as we did after my two penalties yesterday - we were never likely to get much from the afternoon. Roll on tomorrow."
"The car was really good again today, in both wet and dry conditions, and without the penalty I'm confident this would have been another victory. I got away well when the race began, on lap three, and felt very comfortable in the damp conditions. As for the penalty, I got a bit of wheelspin when the team sent me back out and that allowed the incoming car to get quite close. I did everything I could to rejoin in a safe manner, by keeping out of the other guy's way, and I really don't feel the team or I did anything wrong. Once a decision has been made, though, you have to accept it and move on.
"The car felt fine as I was fighting back through the field, but in the end I just ran out of time. We should have been within one point of Pantano after today, but instead the gap is 11. That makes the final three races more difficult in terms of the championship, but I'm not giving up. It is still there to be won."