Korean GP: Renault Race Report
The Korean Grand Prix marked the best qualifying of the year so far when Jonas made it to second row on the grid with a fabulous P3 in a tight Q3 session. Jörgen ended up P6 after a slightly disappointing final session. Unfortunately the race was a slight step back from qualifying as Jörgen had to start from the pits after a brush with the wall on the formation lap. Both cars failed to make the tyres last long enough to match the top teams, so Jonas had to push really hard in order to make up ground for that. Eventually he finished P4 after being passed by Bohlin before the last stint. Jörgen quickly regained P6 and held on to it before finally climbing to P5 when Adrian Holm retired. All in all a step forward from Suzuka in terms of pace, but the weekend still left the team slightly behind Ferrari and Red Bull.
Jonas Andersson, P4
A decent result, I guess. Our pace was quite good throughout the whole race but we didn't have the tire performance to get on the podium. I tried to push all the way, but the Red Bulls and Ferraris are just too good to be able to make up for an extra pit stop. Looking forward to Brazil now, where I'll do my best to have a good race in front of my fans. There is no championship to think about now, so it will just be a matter of going flatout from start to finish.
Jörgen Ekroth, P5
A very annoying formation lap. I felt I almost had the pace to keep up with the front runners, so it was obviously very disappointing to have to dive into the pits and change the front wing. I was a minute behind when the pit exit light turned green, so any chance of a podium finish was gone. It was still fun to chase down the other cars though. P5 was a gift from Ferrari when Adrian fell victim to the same wall I ended up in. It's always sad to gain places due to other drivers' misfortune, but points are points anyway. My goal is now set to keep P6 in the Drivers Championship, which looks like a realistic target. I'm already looking forward to both Brazil, and particularly Abu Dhabi, where I hope I can complete a full race this time.
Published 2011-10-18 by Jörgen Ekroth | Edit