Robert Wickens may have finally gotten Canada off the mark on his A1 Grand Prix debut, but the teenager still had reason to be frustrated after being caught by unlucky incidents with both Germany and South Africa.

Wickens was the star of the sprint race after a superb start from fifth saw him squeeze through into third place, a position he would hold for almost the race's entirety, despite intense pressure from Germany and Brazil.

However, when Michael Ammermuller in the German car made a final effort on the last lap, he managed to swipe Wickens out of the way somewhat robustly and drop him to fourth. Indeed, Wickens was disappointed that a potentially podium debut had been taken away from him in controversial circumstances.

"It was great to score a good result in the Sprint race although it should have been a third rather than a fourth."

Things got worse in the feature race though when Wickens was involved in a mid-field melee at the start that dropped him down the order from his 12th place starting position. Making progress up the order, Wickens then got caught out by Adrian Zaugg's spun South African car, which was attempting to make its way back onto the circuit from the gravel trap.

Having to take avoiding action to miss the recovering car, Wickens ploughed into the gravel trap and into retirement, albeit in the knowledge that his actions probably avoided a much larger incident.

"In the Feature I thought I left plenty of room at turn one but I was knocked into a spin. I got back up to speed and then the incident with Zaugg happened. I saw him on the grass as I came into the corner but then he drove straight out in front of me leaving me with no alternative other than to go off to try and avoid him. It was unbelievable and not how I wanted to end the day!"

It was a move that also drew sharp criticism from Canada team manager Simon Cayzar, who branded Zaugg's driving as 'dangerous'.

"Robert drove magnificently all weekend," he said. "He deserved a podium in the Sprint. The first corner incident in the Feature was just one of those things but Zaugg's move was just plain dangerous. He didn't look and he could have caused a major accident!"

 

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