Antonio Giovinazzi’s dreams of points at the Dutch GP were dashed by a puncture on his right rear wheel just before the halfway point of the race.
The Italian qualified seventh on Saturday but lost three positions by the time he made his first pit stop. Six laps after his pit stop and a switch to medium tires, he had to pit again because of a puncture.
“We had a puncture on the rear-right, but we don’t know why. I think after that, the race was over because we’d done one stop more than the others and then it was just difficult,” Giovinazzi said.
Without this puncture, he could have scored at least one point, he said.
“We were in the points at that moment. So tricky to say, but up until that moment, we were in the points.”
On the first lap, when Giovinazzi had to drop places, there was contact with Alonso in the high-speed Scheivlak corner. The contact has however surprisingly caused no harm to any of the two drivers involved.
“We were in turn three and then on the straight and then I had touch with Fernando. That was it.”
There were not many overtaking maneuvers on the new GP track in the Netherlands. This was also emphasized by the Italian, who also pointed out the overtaking difficulty in Zandvoort.
“It’s difficult, especially to follow. Turns seven, eight, nine in high-speed was just terrible. No chance to overtake.”