"It's sad the way the month had to finish," said Dragon Racing's Saavedra of his own premature exit from the race. "We had an amazing car that was drilling its way from the back to the front. Unfortunately, circumstances happen that come out of your hands and destroyed our chances of showing our true potential today. Something needs to be done to help prevent these kinds of situations from happening," he added, seething over Mann's 'chop' that ended his race.
Mann was apologetic but said that it hadn't been her fault. "I know Sebastian is really furious at me right now," she said. "It's so unfortunate. I was just trying to avoid Buddy Lazier in front of me. I don't know why, but he [Lazier] was off the pace in between Turns 3 and 4, and to avoid hitting him I had to stand on the brakes.
"I very nearly lost my car because of that, and then I looked in my mirrors and saw Sebastian spinning," Mann added. "I feel incredibly bad for him and his crew, and for the work they will subsequently have to do."
Takuma Sato brought out a caution when he spun in turn 2 on lap 56, but he didn't hit anything with the #14 and was able to continue. "It was a difficult spin for us," he said. "It was lucky we saved it, but our problem all day was with the grip. We had big problems with that."
Less lucky was Graham Rahal, who brought a 135-lap green flag stint to an end when he spun on lap 193, skated over the infield grass and hit the inside retaining wall on the exit of turn 2.
"I'm obviously pretty bummed for the team," said Rahal, who was driving for his father Bobby's Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team this year. "I told Dad the lap before, 'This thing is getting really loose.' I tried to hold on to it, but I was fully off the throttle, and that was it. I was probably pushing too hard to make up some spots, and it snapped sideways in Turn 2. I tried to save it, and it didn't come back, unfortunately."
Dale Coyne Racing's Pippa Mann and Schmidt-Peterson's Katherine Legge both had contact with the wall early in the race. Neither brought out a yellow, but while Legge was able to carry on albeit seven laps down after repairs, Mann's day was done on lap 46 - and she wasn't happy about the outcome.
"I'm furious over race control and Graham Rahal, she said. "Under the yellow flag period, a lot of cars pitted and then stood on the gas after the blend line on pit lane exit, and blended in front of me when they shouldn't have been there. I was told to re-take my position, which I tried to do, and then there was some very aggressive re-passing going on under yellows, with cars that were meant to be lined up behind me.
"Graham Rahal was one of them, and I've since heard that he's been fined by race control, but regardless, he was in front of me on the restart," she continued. "I caught him a couple of laps later as he was moving around in front of me, and I made a rookie mistake in his dirty air and hit the wall.
"I'm pretty frustrated right now. For sure with myself, but also with race control and Graham, too," she finished.
Rahal was indeed fined £10,000 for a rule violation related to how he blended back into the field of cars after his pit stop. His RLL team mate James Jakes also received the same fine for a similar violation. But it was no consolation for Mann, who ended up watching the rest of the race from pit lane.