What should have been a weekend where Christian finally got a result that matches his skills, became a disaster weekend. Only the last race was one to remember.
Practice Friday was rainy, normally a weather condition that suits Christian pretty well. But the car wasn’t performing as it should. It is pretty easy to blame the equipment when you can’t find the speed. But going from being fastest in Saint Petersburg, to second-last in the first practice on a road course, that has nothing to do with lack of skills.
In the first qualification session, things weren’t better. 1.3 second of the polesitter was very disappointing and the team was really struggling to find the issue, that made the car so hard to handle.
It looked like some issues was located and fixed for the second qualification, where Christian put the car on 15thspot, but still a second of the polesitter, so it was back to the drawing board.
In the first race on Friday the speed of the car was better, but unfortunately Christian had an incident with another driver, that put him dead last of the remaining cars on the track. He eventually did find some more speed, and as he got the track more and more under his skin, he ended up on a high note – even though finishing last.
That called for full attack in race two, and that is where Christian is at his best. Battling up through the field he shortly sniffed to P7, but ended the race at P8, satisfied with ending on a high note.
“We have had a lot of issues with the balance in the car, and of course it is frustrating when you know you are faster than what the timetable shows. But the only thing there is to do, is put your head down, and work together as a team to solve the issues. I am confident that we now have solved the issues, and I am looking forward to the next round at the oval, Lucas Oil Raceway.”