Rob Wickens was able to secure a double points finish from the latest round of the A1GP season in Mexico City, despite an overheating engine that prevented him from challenging for victory in the feature race.

The 19-year-old battled hard despite this to capture fifth in the feature having earlier scored a seventh place finish in the Sprint event at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

A sixth place qualifying slot for the 14-lap sprint event kept Wickens at the sharp-end of the action in what was ultimately an incident-packed race meeting.

The second rolling-start after a red flag saw a fierce fight to the first turn with Wickens battling the leaders, although he was forced wide into turn one. Despite this Wickens ensured another solid points finish with seventh at the finish.

The Canadian enjoyed a clear view of the track from pole through to lap seven of the feature when the early indicators of an overheating engine presented themselves. Passed by Neel Jani, Wickens ran second to his first scheduled pit-stop two laps later.

However he slipped back as the race went on and survived an incident with Michael Ammermuller in the German entry to take the flag in fifth place.

"I think we salvaged the best that we could given the circumstances today," he said. "Obviously when you have a feature pole you hope to lead throughout but we had a lot of overheating issues. My oil temperatures were crazy and I'd always lose ground on the main straight making me a bit of a sitting duck!

"I want to do the best I can every weekend so it's an honour to have now scored more points than any other Canadian in A1GP but I'm a little disappointed that things just didn't really go our way today, especially in the feature."

 

Comments

Loading Comments...