Datum: 09.05.2023 · F1 Academy
Disqualification in the qualifying destroys Carrie Schreiner's race weekend
The second race weekend of the new F1 Academy for women took place in Valencia. While the 24-year-old from Saarland had not been very lucky at the first competition a week earlier on the Red Bull Ring, she was even worse off now!
In the two free practice sessions she managed to finish on a good sixth place, when the race organisers suddenly decided to impose overly strict track limit regulations for the two qualifying sessions. Although Carrie, in contrast to almost all other pilots, didn't receive any single warning, all her lap times were cancelled because she was said to have always touched a white line at the entrance to turn 1! "I've never experienced anything like that before. Even if this white line suddenly became part of the track limits, I should have been warned so that I didn't make this mistake again and again on every lap. But there was nothing from the race control!"
All complaints were of no use, the only German in the field had to start from position 14 in all races. Especially on a track like Valencia, where it is very difficult to overtake, this was a disaster.
In race 1 she moved up to P11, in race 2 she had a great start and was already on P9 but was then unfortunately turned around in a tough duel. Again, she only finished on P11.
In race 3 she showed a strong performance again and reached position 8 after some clean overtaking manoeuvres and drove into the points.
"That was at least damage limitation. I had the speed to go far to the top in all races, as it could be seen in races 2 and 3. But there's no point in complaining, I'm looking forward to the next race in Barcelona in less than two weeks. It's great fun to fight against 14 of the best women in Formula racing. With a good qualifying and a bit of race luck, I can drive far up the field on my own. After only a few weeks in Formula racing, I can already be satisfied with that," said Carrie Schreiner after a difficult weekend.
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