Alexander Rossi: “It was a very frustrating weekend”

by Katy McConnachie

Racing Engineering driver Alexander Rossi had a difficult weekend in Hungary for the sixth round of the GP2 series. The American expected to be strong around the Hungaroring after their pace and performance at the previous round in Silverstone but seemed to struggle around the hot and twisty circuit.

“It was a very frustrating weekend,” admitted Rossi. “We simply couldn’t find any balance in the car that worked on the prime or option tyres. We did not have pace to fight for the front, but we managed some great battles, however this only increased the tyre degradation because we had to defend positions, and in the end really hurt our results.”

Rossi has been battling for podiums throughout the first half of the season and had actually stood on the podium four times so far this season. He had also been sitting second in the championship standings behind Stoffel Vandoorne until last weekend when a pointless weekend saw the American slip behind Campos Racing’s Rio Haryanto.

“We’ve been on excellent form before this weekend, so we’ll have to take as much as possible from Hungary and come back stronger in Spa,” continued the American. “It’s one of my favourite circuits, having won there in the past. So we’ll have no excuses for not being at the sharp end of the grid where this team belongs.”

The Belgian round in Spa takes place after the summer break on August 21-23.

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