Audi Sport’s Adrien Tambay may have battled his way into a top points finish this afternoon, having finished fifth overall, but his late clash into the Grundig corner with Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein came under scrutiny from Race Control.
After reviewing the evidence, the stewards handed the speedy Frenchman a 30-second time penalty, which dropped the Team Abt Sportsline driver to ninth place as a result.
However, Tambay was apologetic about the incident between himself and the F3 graduate: “It was a tough race and it would have been easy to make a mistake and to retire. I made no mistakes. We had a small incident with Pascal (Wehrlein), and I’m sorry about that. Driving on slicks on the wet track was difficult.”
Wehrlein had showed a great deal of pace, as the track dried out and felt that he could shave gone further, had Tambay’s last-minute dash into Grundig not impeded his progress.
The 20-year-old was still happy with his overall race performance: “I think that fourth place would have been realistic today. Unfortunately, Adrian Tambay put me in a spin, damaging the entire left side of my car. Nevertheless, I tried to continue to attack and closed on Tambay towards the end. That shows that I was faster than him, which makes his actions even harder for me to understand. All in all, I’m pleased to finish in the points, though.”