Daniel Juncadella: “It all happened really quick”

Daniel Juncadella believes there was nothing he could have done to avoid the collision with Antonio Giovinazzi that saw the Spaniard crash out of the qualifying race in Macau on the opening lap.

The Fortec Motorsports driver clashed with the Carlin driver between the Lisboa and San Francisco corners, resulting in Juncadella spinning into the barriers and being collected by a handful of other drivers who had nowhere else to go.

Giovinazzi went on to take the chequered flag as the race winner only to be handed a twenty-second penalty for his part in the incident, with Juncadella insisting he felt he had left the Italian enough room.

“I left him room into Lisboa and I exited the corner really close to the wall,” said Juncadella to Motorsport.com. “And then it all happened really quick.

“It felt like a huge spin, which was obviously not caused by too much power because I was exiting in second gear and was very low on revs.

“I knew Antonio was not next to me, because I could see him on the exit after leaving him room, and I thought I would be okay for the next corner. But then I was just turned around.

“I don’t think he did it on purpose, as I rate him as an intelligent driver. But when you destroy another driver’s race that is how it is.”

Juncadella fears his Macau Grand Prix weekend could be over due to the incident, with the Spaniard believing the tub of his car is cracked, which would be too much of a risk to race around the tight confines of the street circuit.

“I think the tub is cracked, so here at Macau it would be too risky to race,” said Juncadella. “It is just really unfortunate.

“But I think I have showed this weekend what I wanted to show for myself and for everybody, and I am quite happy with that.

“Now it is tough because emotions are high and I wanted to get a chance tomorrow, but I am happy where I am at the moment in my career.”