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Juri Vips describes his luck in Bahrain as “laughable”

Juri Vips in Bahrain. Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Juri Vips expressed all his disappointment describing his luck as “laughable” after a technical issue prevented him from fighting for the victory in the second F2 Sprint Race in Bahrain. 

The weekend did not start well for Vips. He was disqualified from the qualifying after the undertray fins of his car were judged illegal. 

Due to this problem, the Red Bull junior driver was forced to start the first Sprint Race last on the grid. However, he managed to recover and finished in P10. Thanks to his great race, he secured the pole position for the second Sprint Race. 

Everything seemed to be in his favor in the second race, and thanks to a great strategy, he was attacking Guanyu Zhou in the final stages of the race. However, the bad luck for Vips was not over. A problem while downshifting made him drop to 16th position, and his hopes to win the race faded away. 

“Don’t know what I’ve done to deserve the luck I’ve had but it’s been almost laughable this weekend,” Vips posted on Instagram.

“Got disqualified from qualifying where we were P5 for something which made us slower rather give an advantage but fair enough rules are rules.”

“Started 22nd and last in Race 1, finished 10th which was the target because that gave us pole position for Race 2, was second but in a position to take an easy victory with a big tire advantage on the leader but then had a to retire the car due to a technical issue not allowing me to downshift.”

“Still got a race today where we start last so will keep my head up and send it.”

Other drivers were also forced to stop their cars due to technical failures. Theo Pourchaire retired from the race while being in P2. Marcus Armstrong as well suffered some problems that prevented him from finishing the first Sprint Race. Right after Armstrong, Ralph Boschung also pulled over due to mechanical issues. 

Reliability problems in F2 are not a new thing. Since 2018 the new generation of cars often suffered such issues. Liam Lawson believed that the high temperatures in Bahrain may have caused the issues that the drivers suffered. 

“For us, we did have few little issues but luckily for us it was in testing so far we have been quite okay apart from obviously Juri ’s issue after qualifying,” Lawson told Motorsport.com.

“I think it is normal and in the past, there have been a few issues with these cars and also it could to do with the massive temperature we had,” he added.

“On the grid, I don’t know about the other guys but we had high temperatures with the oil and water on the grid, maybe it has something to do with that,” Liam Lawson concluded.

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