Chris van der Drift with hugely disappointing weekend in Sweden Anderstorp, 29 July 2007 -- Chris van der Drift experienced a frustrating time in International Formula Master at the Swedish circuit of Anderstorp over the weekend. The 21 year-old...
Chris van der Drift with hugely disappointing weekend in Sweden
Anderstorp, 29 July 2007 -- Chris van der Drift experienced a frustrating time in International Formula Master at the Swedish circuit of Anderstorp over the weekend. The 21 year-old driver gave glimpses of his talent but was unable to turn his outright speed into points. In the first race, van der Drift was 'helped' off the race-track for a DNF, while in the second race technical problems on the race-car meant that he could not complete the race.
The race weekend appeared to start well, with a third quickest lap-time in the first practice session on Friday afternoon. Despite electronic problems in the second practice session, van der Drift was able to post an 8th quickest time in wet conditions. Qualifying was held just after 5 o'clock on the Friday afternoon, Van der Drift gaining the third quickest qualifying lap. This was after some debate initially as a number of drivers had produced their best qualifying lap under yellow flag conditions in the dieing minutes of the session while Van der Drift and his team-mate Kasper Andersen had slowed. Common sense prevailed and race officials disallowed all times posted after the yellow flag was shown.
Starting from the 3rd position on the grid, Van der Drift's hopes lasted only very shortly. On the first lap, he was pushed off the track by grid two starter Frankie Provenzano. Unfortunately Van der Drift ended up in a large pool of rain water beside the track and was unable to continue the race. Not discouraged, Van der Drift posted the 5th quickest time in the 15minute Sunday warm-up in wet conditions. However the second race, begun in wet conditions, didn't turn out as he expected. Starting from the 29th, and last, grid courtesy of the DNF the day before, Van der Drift was up to 15th place in the first lap prior to a safety car period. But that was where the drivers luck ran out. Van der Drift began experiencing difficulties with his race-car, having to watch the end of the race from the pits. It later turned out that water had found itself into the cars steering wheel electronics affecting a number of the cars electrical systems.
Chris van der Drift: "This is so very, very frustrating. I could have scored points here, but it was not to be. In the first race I was pushed off the track by Provenzano. I had a really good start in race two, but some water had found itself into my car's electronics which affected the way in which the clutch and gearbox were operating. Unfortunately I had to park the car and watch the rest of the race. This weekend was so disappointing in that we were again quick but haven't been able to turn that into championship points. Next Thursday we have a one day test at the German circuit of Oschersleben, and I hope that the remaining races go much, much better. I want to thank my team for all the hard work, especially my mechanic Alberto and my engineer Jones. I am sorry that I have not been able to convert their hard work into points."