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Power unmoved by tricky new chicane

"We didn't qualify today and we'll be starting last because I crashed this morning in practice," confirmed Hildebrand. "It's a major bummer for the guys. Obviously they're having to work really hard to fix the car. It was just a particularly inopportune time to have that happen.

"I think we'll consider our options today - there were a lot of guys that had very similar issues and accidents in qualifying today and they'll be starting at the back with us," he added. "A lot of those guys are the ones that we're fighting for position in the championship right now, so that's kind of gone our way a bit."

Rahal's accident came ten minutes into Group 1's round 1 stint on the street circuit, and caused a red flag that ended the session early - catching out several big names who had been saving themselves for late runs, including Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alex Tagliani and Rubens Barrichello. Rahal's fastest lap was deleted for triggering the red flag in the first place, leaving him at the bottom of the timesheets.

I was pushing really hard and just made a mistake," he said. "I felt really good in that area but I just hit the curb, the car completely launched in the air. Then, I hit the second one and there was just no hope.

"I landed on the railroad tracks and the car shot to the left," he added. "It's unfortunate because I think we were working on a really good lap. Our goal here was just to advance and get into the top-six but now we're going to start last so we have a lot of work to do."

Pagenaud was in the second group in round 1 and brushed the wall exiting the chicane near the end of the session. Although he didn't cause a red flag, his car was too damaged to allow him to take part in round 2.

"The car was really awesome. I think it was a car good enough for the pole, but I didn't do my job right today. I quite upset with myself," he said. "It's tough out there, but it's good fun. You're really dancing with the car. I really enjoy it. The crew did an awesome job trying to repair the car."

The team had even had to borrow a cup of sugar from the neighbours in their effort to get Pagenaud back out in time. "Thanks to Bryan Herta's team, they gave us a wishbone from Tagliani's car to put on my HP car," Pagenaud explained. "It was amazing for them to do that.

Justin Wilson was the finally casualty of the new chicane, bringing out the red flag midway through round 2. That meant that Wilson lost his fastest lap to that point, which had been good enough to put him through to the Firestone Fast Six; even so, he set the ninth fastest time and will likely move up to seventh place due to Conway and Charlie Kimball having grid penalties for unapproved engine changes.

Also known to be dropping down the grid for the start of the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Sunday are Junqueira, Takuma Sato and Simona de Silvestro.

Full qualifying times available.




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