Hockenheim, 20 July –Raffaele Marciello finished 17th in the first of this weekend’s sixth round GP2 races and retired from the second, which took place this morning.
It was the hardest weekend of the season for the Ferrari Driver Academy student. Having shown plenty of potential prior to the races, the results didn’t come because of a series of problems. In qualifying, Raffaele was twice stuck behind slower drivers, who were later penalised by the stewards and he could do no better than eighth on the grid.
In Race 1, a good start and a well chosen strategy saw the Spanish Racing Engineering team driver among the front runners, but then an oil pressure problem meant the engine cut out during his pit stop, which dropped him to seventeenth place.
In the second race of the weekend, having started from row 7, Marciello moved all the way up to third place, driving really well in the rain. However, his race came to a sudden end on lap 7, when he found himself stuck in sixth gear.
“I’m very disappointed with how the weekend went,” commented Raffaele. “There was a real chance of two podium finishes here in Hockenheim. Now, all there is to do is forget about it and look ahead to the next race weekend, which in this case starts in just a few days.
I really hope that there won’t be any more glitches and bad luck in Budapest, two factors that have had a major impact on the outcome of this first half of my season.”