Norbert Siedler and ADM walk on water He started from 23rd on the grid after yesterday's retirement but even this handicap couldn't keep Norbert Siedler from winning the 10th Round of International Formula Master at Anderstorp. The 24-year-old...
Norbert Siedler and ADM walk on water
He started from 23rd on the grid after yesterday's retirement but even this handicap couldn't keep Norbert Siedler from winning the 10th Round of International Formula Master at Anderstorp. The 24-year-old ADM driver became the man of the Swedish race weekend. His younger team mate Michele Caliendo ended up 15th while Frankie Provenzano went off the track and had to retire.
Renato Melchioretto (Team Principal): "These were exactley the conditions we were hoping for but the decision to let Norbert start on slicks was still not an easy one. However, he is the driver and our philosophy in such tricky situations is mostly the same. Thank god he was clever enough not to take any risks at the very beginning and to wait for his chance. It took him a few laps to post some competitive lap times, still in wet conditions, but when the track started to dry out it was his turn to shine. The conditions still remained unpredictable, so I was also happy for Michele (Caliendo) who showed a consistent and clever race on his 20th birthday. As for Frankie, a weekend that had started so promising in qualifying, unfortunately ended with a disappointment as he went off the track."
Norbert Siedler (car #41, 1st): "This race reminded me on a victory in Formula 3, where I won a similar race from 12th on the grid ahead of Vitantonio Liuzzi and Markus Winkelhock. This time it was even tougher as I had to start from 23rd following my driver error in the first race. For today I was always hoping for changeable weather conditions, because I knew that this was my only chance to win. My 1st position in the warm-up session indicated that we were strong, but nobody would have expected to see us on top of the podium."
Michele Caliendo (car #22, P15): "Today is my 20th birthday and I think the performance I showed was reasonable. From the very beginning I wanted to stay calm but nevertheless I sufferd a slow puncture and had to come in for a pit stop. The remaining laps were just to get more confidence in the car and get more experience. Looking ahead to Oschersleben, I will work a lot with my team and, of course, with Norbert. He knows the track he will be definitely extremely quick again."
Frankie Provenzano (car #21, out): "I am already considering to walk to Lourdes in order to have some better luck in the upcoming races. The car was extremely difficult to handle in the first laps and even on the straights it cost me a lot of adrenalin. I was fighting with understeer when Renato called me on the radio. For a very short moment I lost my concentration and went off the track into the mud. It can only get better for the next round in Germany."
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