Rossi, who can be blindingly quick at times, admits his qualifying pace is holding him back from winning
After a frustration filled German Grand Prix at Hockenheim less than a week ago, Alexander Rossi, America's best hope to be the next F1 driver from the USA, is looking forward to GP3’s next stop this weekend at the Hungaroring in Budapest. The ART driver is anxious to score points as he did in the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix while competing in the International Formula Master Series with a 3rd place podium finish.
In Germany this past weekend, Saturday morning and Round 9 of the GP3 Series saw Alexander with a disappointing starting position of P19 after he endured a qualifying session in wet conditions where he could not find a comfortable balance in the car set up, compounded by a grid penalty carried over from practice.
Alexander made a sensational start from 19th place, moving to P11 by the exit of Turn 1. At the hairpin, a multi-car shunt brought out the Safety Car. At the restart, 3 laps later, Alexander attacked again, muscling up to P6 through Turn 1 while Rio Haryanto spun causing several cars to make evasive moves to avoid a collision which resulted in Rossi being pushed off track then pitched into a clockwise spin down the centre of the track, causing considerable damage and debris and beckoning the second appearance of the Safety Car.
“In Race 1, the launch and restart were good, but that was about all", Rossi said. "It was good to make up eight positions on the opening lap; at that point I thought it was going to be a good race. It's frustrating and a shame because I was up to sixth place at that point and could have scored some big points despite starting 19th on the grid. Daniel had nowhere to go, it was a racing incident, but I really hope the remainder of the season I have opportunities to show my real abilities."
Sunday morning, starting 23rd for Race 2 at Hockenheim, Rossi was brilliant making up 15 positions to finish 8th in another caution filled race.
"In Race 2 it made for some good racing with the laps I had to work with," Rossi added. "I would not be truthful if I said I wasn't frustrated. The main concern I have at the moment is our pace in qualifying. In race trim I can hustle the car; I'm confident on cold tires but at the moment we're making life too difficult. I'm looking forward to Hungary, scoring some points and turning things around."
Rossi currently lies 3rd in Championship with 26 points, Wickens 2nd and Gutierrez 1st.
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