The most bizarre moment of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend was surely Lucas di Grassi’s crash on the way to the grid before the race began – something neither he nor the team have fully explained.
|Timo Glock||Lucas di Grassi|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’36.332 (+0.067)||1’36.265|
|Average race lap||1’48.250|
The team couldn’t match Lotus’s pace at Suzuka – Glock qualified one second behind Trulli.
They had particular problems with the soft tyre, which led to Glock making two pit stops behind the safety car to get rid of it.
He ended up behind Sakon Yamamoto and couldn’t find a way by until the HRT had pitted.
That left Glock 14th, matching the teams’ best result so far this year. But they still need at minimum two more 15th-place finishes to move ahead of HRT and off the bottom of the constructors’ championship table.
Lucas di Grassi
Had to surrender his participation in the first practice session to Jerome d’Ambrosio again. Nonetheless he was fractionally quicker than Glock in qualifying.
But he failed to start the race after crashing heavily at 130R while driving to the grid. Video shows the car snapping out of control and crashing heavily into the barriers.
Team principal John Booth gave the impression the crash was caused by driver error:
We have studied all the information from his car and there is no indication of a failure.
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