CHAOS REIGNS SUPREME
By: I.P. Freely, Pit Lane, Silverstone
After a short trip from Austria, all the teams were eagerly awaiting the challenge that comes with Silverstone. Who will do what, will the infamous UK weather hold up, who will go fastest, and who will go the distance?
After some intense free practice by the teams throughout the week, Lionel Klue of Ferrari posted a lap time of 1:29.934 just before the start of qualifying, which sent a surge of panic throughout the entire pit lane, as it was the quickest time of the entire week by nearly 2 seconds.
With the start of qualifying, first out was newcomer Hennie Otto, driving for McLaren, he managed a steady 1:36.011, but was quickly out classed by the much faster Red Bull of Marius Schoeman, who took pole with a qualifying time of 1:30.998. Lionel Klue took second spot, not being able to match his free practice time, with a time of 1:31.434 and Mercedes driver Dewald Nel was in third spot snapping at his heals with a 1:31.436.
All the drivers did their warm-up lap and sat on the grid waiting in anticipation of the race ahead. The lights went out - a few false starts, a couple of bumps and bruises to a few cars, and to everyone’s shock Dewald Nel got caught in a sand trap right at the start, his race was over before it began. The rest of the pack went through mostly unscathed.
Force India’s Devon Phayre, received a disqualification, of which the reason is still unclear, and is under investigation by race stewards, but early indications are pointing towards the mêlée of yellow flags at the start of the race, did Devon perhaps pass under a yellow?
Silverstone has given racing fans all over the world many a good race to watch, and I’m afraid to say this was not one of those races, as Lionel Klue (Accident), Rudolph Mare (Engine), Riaan Wagenaar (DNF), Ruan Smith (Accident), Marius Schoeman (DNF), Stephen Pacey (Engine) was all out of the race at various stages during the Grand Prix, with The Loop taking the majority of the victims.
In the end the ever steady Eugene van Loggerenberg (Ferrari), managed to take home the win, and the vital 25 Championship points, a great showing by the two newcomers in F1 was from Phillip Grobler (Mercedes) and Hennie Otto (McLaren), who finished 3rd and 2nd respectively. A rather unfortunate incident involving Stephen Pacey (Force India), saw him getting stuck on a curb with 3 laps to go, losing his 2nd position, but still managing to get a few championship points and a 4th spot on the official results.
With the action moving to Germany, no doubt teams and drivers will be ready to throw down the hammer at The Hockenheimring.