After the tough weekend in Imola, we moved on to Barcelona to support Formula 1, once again. We hoped to score some good points and our drivers worked hard for it, but with two DNFs from Franco and Kas and Oliver being stuck in a DRS train, luck wasn’t really on our side. Franco had a good Q2, where he qualified fifth, but after receiving a penalty in Race 1, he had to start from P8.
Franco qualified P13 for Race 1, Oliver qualified P16 for Race 1 and P19 for Race 2, and Kas had to start from P29 in Race 1 and P27 in Race 2.
Unfortunately, Kas his race ended very quickly. After being touched from behind by another car in the opening lap, he had too much damage on his rear wing and had to retire.
Oliver was fighting for P18 for almost the complete race and was kind of being stuck in a DRS train. Franco was fighting himself into the points, starting from P13 and with 10 minutes left, he drove on P10. With less than one minute to go, Franco overtook another car in turn 1, which made him go to P9 but he lost control after touching a kerb, touched Prema’s Beganovic, and broke his suspension. Unfortunately, this made him drop all the way down at the end of the race and got him out of the points. The stewards gave him a penalty where he dropped 3 places on the grid of race 2 for rejoining the track unsafely.
Oliver finished P17 after driving a solid race with a lot of defending.
After receiving the penalty, Franco started from P8 and was still in a good position to fight for points. Unfortunately, in the first race lap, he collided with Hadried David which ended Franco’s race immediately. After yesterday, this was very frustrating for both him and the team. Fortunately, the stewards saw it as a racing incident so Franco did not receive a penalty.
Kas on the other hand had a great start for the second race. He gained 9 places during the start alone, before the safety car came out. Right now he was driving right behind Oliver, who gained 2 places during the start and was driving on P17. Oliver and Kas were both fighting to gain positions, as all cars were really close to each other. This also meant having to defend a lot, because the cars behind them were also very close.
Both Oliver and Kas drove a solid race and remained their P17 and P18 until they saw the chequered flag. Unfortunately, without any points but we’re looking forward to Monaco, where FRECA is again supporting Formula 1.
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