An interesting race yesterday and a good strong performance from Regalia who disappeared after the safety car and took a comfortable victory.
The top 8 pretty much remained the same through out the race Bly changing when Kvyat’s car stopped out on track and Korjus relieved a drive through penalty.
Meanwhile, behind the front runners, Zamparelli seemed like the only driver interest in overtaking as he moved up from 16th to 10th in the first lap, getting a lightening start and moving up into the points.
Jack Harvey showed at ARTs good run of form continued but he was unfortunate not to be able to get past Ellinas to take second. Overtaking during the race seems to be a big issue this year. As the cars have incised in power and downforce over last years car the ability to overtake has decrease. A higher downforce has caused greater turbulence behind causing any car chasing down a slower car to loose front downforce and to slide around a lot more loosing tyre grip and speed into the corners.
At the back of the field on the first lap Sa Silva took out Lichenstein into the hairpin in spectacular fashion as the Carlin driver went onto the grass and side swiped the unfortunate Lichenstein. And at the final hairpin Eriksson collider with Webster almost tipped Webster’s car 90 degrees, the Carnot the Tarmac with a thump that complete bent the back of the car. Webster was taken to hospital for cautionary checks but he has been cleared to race in race two.
And where did Jorda finish I hear you ask? She didn’t she was black flagged. She failed to serve a drive through penalty and was subsequently shown the black. Although after only two laps after the safety car restart he was a good 8 seconds off of the back of the group. One can only presume that she is paying much over the 750,000 full amount fee for a GP3 seat to remain in the series. (I should be a little more careful about Jorda, she was sat behind me yesterday after qualifying)
So what can we expect from race 2. Sims starts on pole wi McKee alongside. I see Sims running off with this one as long as there is no contact at turn 1 it should be a pretty standard race upfront. With any action oping from the back of the field. I’m interested to see how Daly does starting from 10th as he does seem able to really hook together the start.