WICKENS IN THE POINTS WITH FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN HUNGARY Status Grand Prix driver Robert Wickens added to his points tally with a fighting fourth-place finish in the first GP3 Series race at the Hungaroring on Saturday afternoon. The Canadian...
WICKENS IN THE POINTS WITH FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN HUNGARY
Status Grand Prix driver Robert Wickens added to his points tally with a fighting fourth-place finish in the first GP3 Series race at the Hungaroring on Saturday afternoon.
The Canadian driver made a great start from fourth place on the grid to draw up alongside Esteban Gutierrez and Stefano Coletti, and held the inside line into Turn 1 as they went three abreast through the right-hander and down the hill. But this left Wickens on the outside into the next left-hand corner. Although he braved it out on the outside next to title rival Gutierrez, he had to cede eventually and this also cost him third to Coletti. On lap two, Wickens got alongside Coletti again going into Turn 1 and around the outside on Turn 2, but robust defence from the Tech 1 driver kept Wickens at bay. On the twisty track this left Wickens to spend the race applying as much pressure as possible, but he was unable to break Coletti's defence and finished fourth.
GMH Motorsport-backed driver Daniel Morad's fortunes took a dive right at the start of the race. Lined up on the grid in fifth place, the Canadian-Lebanese's car developed a hydraulic problem on the grid and when the when the lights went out his car stalled. When he did eventually get going he was last, and although he quickly passed four cars, he found himself stuck in a train of cars and unable to rise beyond 21st at the finish.
Status GP team manager Simon Cayzer said: "Daniel followed the normal protocol on the grid to rectify the problem, but it didn't work and we're investigating the cause."
Russian driver Ivan Lukashevich enjoyed a race-long battle with Vittorio Ghirelli, but the Marussia Motors development driver also found it hard to make progress on the tight circuit and came home in 25th.
The Drivers' View
Robert Wickens (CAN): (Result: 4th. Best lap: 1m39.10s. Championship position: 2nd, 39pts).
"I knew the start was my only realistic chance of passing Gutierrez so I pushed hard through those first two corners but it was not to be. Once I'd had to back out of trying to pass Coletti on lap two he broke the tow and that was it, there was no way of getting close enough in the turbulent air, and we just had to take the points."
Daniel Morad (LIB): (Result: 21st. Best lap: 1m39.73s. Championship position: 7th, 15pts).
"At the start, I held the clutch and selected the gear but the hydraulic pressure was low and I stalled. Once I got going I took a few places, but it's so hard to pass here and there little I could do once in a train of cars."
Ivan Lukashevich (RUS): (Result: 25th. Best lap: 1m40.88s. Championship position: 30th, 0pts).
"I had a good fight with Ghirelli all race, but passing here is very difficult. But I still had a consistent race pace and hopefully I can build on that a make up some more places tomorrow."