Despite a spin early on in the GP3 Series feature race, Australian driver Mitch Gilbert was happy with the progress made at Silverstone.
After a strong qualifying, Gilbert finished ninth on the grid with a shot of a top 10 finish. However, the 21-year-old pushed too hard at the start of the race causing him to run off track and whilst attempting to return hit a bump that forced him into a spin; forcing him to the rear of the pack.
Following the spin he showed good pace, however was held up behind another driver residing him to 20th place – meaning a 20th place start for Sunday’s sprint race. From this 20th place Gilbert was able to move to up to 15th place where whilst trying to overtake another driver he was almost hit, unfortunately undoing all of his hard work, leaving him in 21st place at the end.
Regardless of the issues faced over the weekend the Carlin driver left Silverstone in a positive frame of mind: “I felt good all weekend and qualifying went really well again. It was just one little mistake that ruined the good work…But even though it left me at the back in the next race as well, we had competitive times and I feel as though we are still making progress. It’s just a case of getting a weekend where everything falls into place together.”
The Australian now sets his sights on Hungary in a few weeks time with the hopes that the races will go his way; he added: “I don’t feel too disappointed with how the weekend went, it was just one of those things. We can see progress and our times were good, now we just need a bit more luck…”