IT NEVER RAINS... This weekend's Hockenheim GP3 Series meeting began chaotically, with 21 of the 30 drivers picking up grid penalties for assorted alleged practice infringements, and continued in the same vein during this afternoon's 18-lap...
IT NEVER RAINS...
This weekend's Hockenheim GP3 Series meeting began chaotically, with 21 of the 30 drivers picking up grid penalties for assorted alleged practice infringements, and continued in the same vein during this afternoon's 18-lap race. The event was twice interrupted by safety car periods, in the wake of two multiple accidents, and all three MW Arden drivers were unwittingly involved. Miki Monras and Leonardo Cordeiro were eliminated on the opening lap... and team-mate Michael Christensen, who started seventh, was hit by another driver within seconds of the restart. The Dane was unable to continue.
That, as they say, is motor racing.
"My results so far this weekend do not illustrate the progress I have made. My pace in the wet free practice session was a pointer, when I was eighth. It looked as though I would qualify in the top eight, too, but I was one of the first to take the chequered flag and I dropped down the order as the circuit dried. That put me 21st... and a three-place grid penalty made things worse.
"I knew it was important to put more kilometres under my belt today -- but at the same time I needed to be aggressive. If you don't do that, you don't get anywhere. I made a good start and passed a couple of cars, which put me up to 18th, then at the hairpin I took great care to avoid running into Miki [Monras], who was just ahead. He collided with Nigel Melker, however, and I was left with nowhere to go. It's a shame because I had moved up six places... and some of the guys who were behind me went on to finish in the top eight. That could have been me, but I am encouraged by my pace and hope things will go better tomorrow. I'm confident I'll be quick in the dry -- and I have already proved my pace in the wet."
"Yesterday's free practice session was good -- it was the first time I'd driven the car on wets, but it felt very competitive. The end result might not have looked brilliant, but I didn't want to push too hard at the end, on a drying track, in case I needed to save the tyres for the race.
"Qualifying confirmed what we knew -- that the car was quick -- but my start wasn't the best, because of a clutch problem, and my race didn't last long. I was seventh when the first red flag appeared, so thought I could still do something from there, but I made a small mistake at the restart and lost one position. Then somebody locked up at Turn One and suddenly there were cars everywhere. I had to think quickly to work my around all the chaos, but somebody clipped me from behind and in that situation there's not much you can do. The car felt good while it lasted, though, so I'm sure I will on the pace again tomorrow. I just have a lot to do from so far back on the grid."
"I was on the pace in free practice, but yellow flags ruined my qualifying session -- I lifted right off and was one of the few drivers not to pick up a penalty! I was sure I would be quick in qualifying, but we opted to make a set-up change in the tricky, mixed conditions and it turned out to be the wrong thing to do. The car became difficult to drive and my grid position did not reflect my potential. It always makes a race difficult when you start a long way back and I'm sure the result would have been very different if I had qualified in the top 10. I tried to avoid everybody at the hairpin, but simply couldn't get the car stopped. Tomorrow I will get my head down, keep out of trouble and learn as much as I can to help me next weekend, in Budapest."