Character-building weekend in Germany

12.07.2013

"This is motor racing and sometimes things happen," says Kevin about his drive-through penalty and its consequences.

Fourth round of 2013 GP3 Series at gorgeous Nürburgring circuit was an absolute nadir for Kevin. In the same place where he achieved a fabulous win in 2011 WSR everything seemed to go wrong this time. Pace was undoubtedly there from the beginning of practice session, even if was not so apparent in ranking.

Kevin was also very fast on his first two runs in qualification (respectively 1st and 2nd) but hit trouble when it really mattered. In his third run he was on course for a second-row slot at least but then it went a little bit wrong in third sector. Eventually Kevin had to start from P9 and that was exactly what made his weekend.

On lights Kevin took off rather well but couldn’t find his way past the other cars on the main straight. He was still P9 entering turn 4 but in the thick of the battle touched with Alex Fontana and Swiss driver spun as a result. Further down the road Daniil Kvyat had his own dramas and Kevin gained two places during the opening lap. If it stayed like this it would have given him a couple of points and a front-row starting position for race 2. But that was not to happen because stewards decided Kevin had tagged Fontana to spin and punished him with a drive-through.

Basically there is no more to talk about. After taking his penalty Kevin was dead last or 20th at the time. It also meant 20th slot on the grid for race 2 or frankly speaking no slightest chance for points. Eventually Kevin arrived to the flag 15th.

Kevin: „Practice went well, I was fastest among those on worn tires. Qualification begun also well but on my third set I couldn’t improve as much as my competitors. Then I made an error in sector 3 which was worth 0.3 seconds. Without that I could have been in row two but front-row men were clearly out of the reach this time.

My objective for the race was top-eight place. In turn 4 Fontana was so slow in front of me I simply couldn’t avoid him. I got drive-though and if you get it in GP3, your weekend is inevitably spoiled. Still, there is no reason for complaints, this is motor racing and sometimes things happen.“

But what about medium tires which were used in Germany. Seems they almost didn’t degrade?

„Yeah, in first race their drop-off was very small for some reasons, but in race 2 our lap-times dropped more than four seconds towards the finish. We used medium tires in Valencia as well and maybe we don’t understanding them thoroughly enough, especially in qualifying. With harder tires you always sense when you have picked up a cherry, but we obviously have some work to do with mediums.“

GP3 series will have another summer break, this time for three weeks. Next stop is Hungaroring on the last weekend of July. Despite Nürburgring dramas Kevin is still positive. He holds third in the standings, although the gap to the leader has grown to 28 points. On the other hand half on the season is still to run and nothing is lost.

Standings after round 4 of 8

Rank

Driver

Points

1

Tio Ellinas (Manor)

87

2

Facu Regalia (ART)

72

3

Kevin Korjus (Koiranen)

59

4

Jack Harvey (ART)

57

5

Conor Daly (ART)

52

6

Aaro Vainio (Koiranen)

44

 

 

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