Bortoleto praises strength of car after race two airborne crash

Brazilian Enzo Bortoleto was involved in a scary crash in race two as the Double R Racing driver’s car was launched into a series of flips at Chapman Curve following contact on the opening lap and coming to rest upside down in the gravel. The red flags flew to bring a halt to the race but, once his car had been righted, he stepped from his Tatuus-Cosworth machine and speaking back in the paddock, hailed the strength of the BRDC British F3 car after his wild ride.

Starting 12th on the grid, the 17-year-old was slow away and found himself fighting towards the back of the midfield group. “I didn’t get a good start and turn two was very messy with lots of people locking up. At Yentwood, I was on the outside of two cars and was slow out of there. Into Chapman Curve the guys inside of me braked early so I went to the outside again but I got touched on the rear and went over,” Bortoleto explained.

The Double R Racing car was pitched towards the gravel, initially barrelling-rolling over before then launching itself end-over-end, before coming to rest upside down. Bortoleto described the shunt from his point of view: “I felt the contact and tried to correct it but the car started to go up and then went over and over. When it stopped, I was upside down so I switched the engine off straight away. It is a very, very safe car and I didn’t feel anything too much. I felt the gravel at the front, then the back, then the front again. It looked very scary but actually I was very safe.”

After righting the car, the marshals and medical staff were careful to check Bortoleto was ok before helping him from the car. “The marshals flipped it over and were very careful with my head and neck, but it was all good. I had a second check at the medical centre but it was ok. I want to thank all the marshals and medical staff as they did a very good job,” Bortoleto explained.

After jumping from his machine, Bortoleto was actually surprised by the lack of damage to his car and is confident of making the start of race three. “When I got out of the car, I thought it would look a lot worse. It was a big crash but there wasn’t a huge amount of damage. The team is working very hard to get it ready for the third race but I think we should be ready,” Bortoleto added.

Race three begins at 15:45 and Bortoleto will be starting from 14th.

Photo Credit: Aitzol Madinabeitia