The last Detroit GP, raced in the scenic location of Belle Isle, saw Will Power win, unleashed in the first part of the race in recovering from 16th place using the greater resistance of the hard tires. Power and Team Penske decided to use the soft, very delicate compound only in the last stint and, despite Rossi’s recovery, the strategy was successful. P.er Power this is the 41st victory in his career, arrived on the same track where a year ago he was overwhelmed in Race 1 by a technical problem that occurred after the red flag. As anticipated, following Power under the checkered flag was Alexander Rossi, who started from 11th place on soft tires but switched to hard compound on lap 4. The change in strategy allowed Rossi to have a lighter car in the early laps but, on the other hand, forced the future McLaren SP driver to make one more pit stop than those who chose the hard tire at the start. . Despite the lack of victory, Rossi can be happy considering that the podium was missing from Portland 2021. The 3rd place bears the signature of Scott Dixon, started 9th, finished just 7 seconds behind the winner of the Grand Prix. The Ganassi driver also started with hard tires but, unlike Power, he decided to mount the soft ones for the second stint of the race, suffering a high degradation after about 10 laps. The same strategy was followed by Alex Palou, 6th under the checkered flag after starting 18th and changing the differential after Saturday’s qualifying.
From Newgarden to Malukas: the point on qualifying
Speaking of qualifying, Josef Newgarden – poleman in Detroit – was unable to beat the drivers who started with hard tires and had to settle for 4th place. The rider of Team Penske was however the best among those who started the race with the soft and preceded by only 6 tenths Pato O’Ward, fifth on the finish line in front of the aforementioned Alex Palou. Marcus Ericsson, winner of the Indy500, did not go beyond 7th place ahead of Colton Herta, Simon Pagenaud and Felix Rosenqvist. The latter ran a good race climbing up from last position after being penalized in Saturday’s Q1. Just beyond the Top10 we find David Malukas, the best rookie of the Detroit GP. The driver Coyne-HMD started 6th but, as for his teammate Sato (13th), the problems in managing the degradation of the soft tires were felt and both immediately lost ground.
The disappointed of the Detroit GP
Among the disappointments of the GP at Belle Isle we include Rinus VeeKay, only 16th as he finished against the barriers in turn 6 on the final lap while occupying 10th place (the only caution of the race), Romain Grosjean (17th), never of the match and Scott McLaughlin, author of a mistake at turn 3 and only 19th under the checkered flag. The race of Kyle Kirkwood, winner of the IMSA GTD on Saturday night could have been formidable, but a contact with the wall that took place just after the last stop bent one arm of the rear left suspension and forced the Foyt home rookie to retire. Same problem for Graham Rahal, leaning against the barriers of turn 2 at the start of lap 3. Much bad luck for Hélio Castroneves, fighting for a Top5 finish until a technical problem stopped the Brazilian driver’s race.
The ranking and the next races
After the Detroit GP, 7th round, the classification sees Will Power jump to the lead with 255 points, 3 more than Marcus Ericsson. Pato O’Ward reaches 243 points and will arrive at Road America with a disadvantage of 12 points. Alex Palou leaves Detroit with 4th place and 241 points in his hands while Josef Newgarden occupies 5th position with 208 points to his credit. The Belle Isle podium allows both Dixon and Rossi not to lose too much ground compared to the top of the standings: the two will go towards the next round with a delay of 53 and 74 points. IndyCar does not stop and in a few days the Road America GP will be held, the last event before the summer break. Appointment live on Sky Sport F1 Saturday 11/6 at 4.45 pm (free practice 2). Qualifying on the same day at 19:45 while the race will start on Sunday 12/6 at 18:35