Good qualifying but unlucky races for Viktor Andersson at Salzburgring

Good qualifying but unlucky races for Viktor Andersson at Salzburgring

Viktor Andersson had his season’s best qualifying result at the Salzburgring in the wet on Saturday, but two tough races meant the Swedish racer was unable to convert this into a good result, running into trouble in both races on Sunday.


Andersson was under three-tenths away from the pole time of Franco Girolami, but a slow start left him vulnerable into Turn 1, where he was tagged by the Honda of Santiago Concepción on the way into turn corner.


Falling to the back of the pack, and with limited pace in the drying conditions, especially with limited track time in the dry on Friday after an off late in the test day, a gamble to switch to slick front tyres also didn’t pay off, with 11th the best result possible from the first race.


A bad start in Race 2 saw him also fighting his way through the field again, doing well to recover to eighth.


“(In Race 1) I was on the outside and through the corner, and I felt a hit from the rear-right and I fell to last place and really that was the race was over,” said Andersson. “After the safety car we gambled with the slicks as it was starting to dry, but it was still too early and we didn’t have the pace.


“The second race I just didn’t get the start right, so I lost a few positions there. It was also my first lap in the dry as I missed the dry running on Friday.


“We’re very happy though with the pace we had in the wet conditions on Saturday, qualifying in P3, so we’ll take that with us to Spa.


“Spa’s the only track we go to this year that I’ve been to last year, so we can take what we’ve learned from last year, it’s also a track where you need a lot of speed on the straights, and some corners where you can make some difference as I driver, so I think it’ll be good for us.”


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