Morocco: Alex Zanardi weekend summary

LIKE HAM IN A SANDWICH! Hi everyone, I could not send you any voice message from Morocco since the signal at the racing track was really bad, nevertheless I hoped to be able to tell you something good today, but instead. My weekend didn't ...

LIKE HAM IN A SANDWICH!

Hi everyone,

I could not send you any voice message from Morocco since the signal at the racing track was really bad, nevertheless I hoped to be able to tell you something good today, but instead.

My weekend didn't start that bad. I was within the top ten in the first free practice on Friday and without pushing too much I was the first BMW driver, but evidently no-one else pushed either!

During the following sessions, the track obviously got cleaner and, getting closer to the moments that count, we realized that the narrow street track of Marrakech did not seem to suit the technical characteristics of our BMW. Not only the usual Seat started scoring lap times unreachable to us, but Chevrolet also appeared to be at ease within the walls of the Morocco track.

I was hoping to get anyway in the "Q2", the second part of qualifying restricted to the best ten drivers only; but first a red flag halfway through my second attempt with new tyres and subsequently some unwanted traffic in the last sector of my fastest time (that made me lose three tenths) vanished my hopes for just three thousands of a second. At the end of the day, starting eighth (I think that would have been a reachable position) or eleventh, did not seem to make a huge difference but, unfortunately, that place on the starting grid was marked as that of the ham in a sandwich that would have been produced at the getaway of race one.

My nice car, still whiter than white after five sessions, has been bombarded by a series of impacts that I would dare to call "convergent" since they arrived from everywhere. Ironically, it was the radiator that stopped me; a bl**dy bolt punctured it irreparably and shortly after the engine was fried saying "goodbye everyone".

Now Team's guys will have to run a marathon to fix both cars since my team mate Sergio Hernandez did not have much more luck than myself. After a good start of race two, he has been literally struck by another driver that evidently had some problems with breaking at turn five. Both cars ended up with considerable damage.

A lot of fixing work then. On Tuesday the 12th, our trucks will have to set off to Pau, France, therefore guys of the Team will have to do their usual miracles to revitalize our cars. They are going to have a working weekend I reckon, I will bring them some cakes hoping to sweeten a bit the mess my mate Sergio and I unintentionally made.

See you, ciaoooo

-credit: alex zanardi

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Series WTCC
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Sergio Hernandez