Vervisch defends WTCR Vila Real clash following Guerrieri criticism
Frédéric Vervisch says he should not have been punished for the clash that led to Esteban Guerrieri retiring from Race 2 at WTCR Race of Portugal last Sunday.
An angry Guerrieri labelled Vervisch’s move “amateur” after the Argentine made contact with a trackside barrier.
But speaking after the Vila Real street race, Audi Sport Team Comtoyou driver Vervisch said he was trying to avoid a repeat of the multi-car accident that blighted Race 1 by forging a way through following contact between other cars ahead.
“My team-mate was crossing the [track] and I was thinking, like yesterday, there would be a traffic jam and I tried to go through it and for that I got a drive-through [penalty],” said Belgian Vervisch, a podium finisher in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO. “I don’t agree with the decision because after [Race 1 because] you cannot [stop], you need to avoid things. And by avoiding I hit someone with the rear [but] that was unfortunate. It was a pretty big hit and I thought I had some damage but I looked at the car and I don’t see a thing.”
Guerrieri, who had earlier finished second in Race 1, said: “Unfortunately, in Race Two, Frédéric Vervisch made a completely amateur move and simply drove me into the wall. The car had too much damage to fix without breaking parc fermé and that meant I started last in Race 3. From there, it’s impossible to recover.”
Vervisch finished Race 3 in sixth place with Guerrieri in P13.