Campos Racing deliver persevering effort in Abu Dhabi

Falchero was far from being in peak physical condition due to neck pain and Siebert hit the wall in qualifying, as a result both factors damaged their chances. Hyman couldn’t convert his positive qualifying result into points

The GP3 Series came to an end last weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Campos Racing and their three young aces were willing to finish the season on a high note at the season-ending event. Unfortunately, circumstances prevented the maximum potential.

During Friday’s free practice session, Raoul Hyman posted the seventh-fastest lap time with a lap of 1:56.225. Marcos Siebert also showed good pace with his time of 1:56.608 to finish 11th on the timing sheets. Julien Falchero was struggling due to neck pain and the Frenchman couldn’t improve 19th-fastest time. Later in qualifying, Hyman led the charge for Campos Racing and qualified 8th with a personal best of 1:55.583. Argentinian Siebert was also putting a good lap together but hit the wall and ruined his chances to secure a top-ten start, finally lining up 18th with his 1:56.485. Falcheron set a lap time of 1:57.015 to start 20th.

Hyman’s chances disappeared when he lost many places on lap 1 and dropped to 18th. From then on, despite overtaking drivers such Jack Aitken, Hyman wasn’t able to improve a 13th finish. Siebert overtook five cars at the start but retired after three laps with transmission problems. Falchero didn’t start due to his physical problems.

On Sunday, Falchero joined his teammates for the very last race of the season. Hyman improved on his grid position to bring home a 12th place. Falchero made strenuous efforts to finish 16th. Siebert was forced to retire once again.