MORAD HEADS STATUS GP TRIO AFTER TOUGH STREET FIGHT Status Grand Prix's drivers endured a torrid time in today's second GP3 Series race on the Valencia street circuit, with Daniel Morad's 12th place the best result as incidents and penalties ...
MORAD HEADS STATUS GP TRIO AFTER TOUGH STREET FIGHT
Status Grand Prix's drivers endured a torrid time in today's second GP3 Series race on the Valencia street circuit, with Daniel Morad's 12th place the best result as incidents and penalties defined the team's day.
GMH Motorsport driver Morad, starting from 19th on the grid, passed team-mate Ivan Lukashevich to move up to 17th at the end of lap one, and then steadily picked his way through the midfield traffic to get into 13th by the middle of the race. He then engaged in a long battle with Jenzer driver Simon Trummer, and with two laps to go he made the pass. The Canadian-Lebanese then set his fastest race lap - within the Top 10 fastest of the race - and secured a 12th place finish.
Robert Wickens started from seventh on the reverse grid after yesterday's second-place finish in the Formula One support-race series' feature event, but his race today was marred when he locked up under braking into Turn 12 on the first lap and accidentally tapped championship rival Esteban Gutierrez into a spin. The incident resulted in a drive through penalty for Wickens, which put the Canadian back to 20th place.
Then on lap six, as he tried to recover through the field, Wickens found himself behind Status GP's Lukashevich. The Marussia Motors development driver was delayed while fighting for position with another car and slowed mid-corner, and Wickens touched Lukashevich into a spin. The FIA stewards punished Wickens post-race for this incident, giving him a 10-place grid penalty at the next race at Silverstone.
Until that point, Lukashevich had again been enjoying the thick of the midfield action having started 16th on the grid, and his street racing learning experience continued on the 3.36-mile circuit. He lost seven places with his spin, but recovered the finish 25th to continue his 100 per cent finishing record this season.
The Drivers' View
Daniel Morad (LIB): (Result: 12th. Best lap: 1m59.62s. Championship position: 14th, 6pts). "I'm pleased, not so much by the result as the performance. I feel happier with the car, it's predictable and consistent, and my own performance was better today. It's good to take a positive into Silverstone."
Robert Wickens (CAN): (Result: 16th. Best lap: 1m59.61s. Championship position: 2nd, 19pts). "I accept the stewards' decision, but the incidents were accidental. I really had nowhere to go when I hit Ivan, but I feel bad for him. We'll just give it our all at Silverstone and try to ensure we some points."
Ivan Lukashevich (RUS): (Result: 25th. Best lap: 2m00.42s. Championship position: 31st, 0pts). "Today gave me a lot more wheel-to-wheel racing experience, which is good. As my first street race it was a challenging weekend, but a good learning process and I come away stronger."
-source: status gp