Mercedes Team HWA driver Lucas Auer ended his weekend at the Hungaroring without scoring any points, after the Austrian had to retire his car for the first time this season on Sunday.
“I had some slight problems to begin with that finally got worse, which is why I parked up, to be on the safe side. I couldn’t go any further. Too bad, because, going by the qualifyings yesterday and today, it looked like I might be able to at least grab a few points,” commented Auer after the race.
While the Mercedes driver had a promising start to the second race of the weekend on Sunday, the Austrian made a crucial mistake during his first pit-stop, when he overshot his mark and hit one of his crew members. Fortunately no one got seriously injured, but that slight mishap cost him and the HWA Team team crucial time.
Auer not only lost a significant amount of points this weekend, but also the championship lead, which was inherited by Sunday’s maiden race winner René Rast of Audi Team Rosberg. Yet, the 22-year old Austrian is looking ahead positively.
“I locked up a little when pitting, but that’s just how it goes sometimes in motor racing. We’ve still got another six race weekends, so there’s still everything to play for.”