Within the group qualifying stage, Mortara carried an excessive amount of velocity by Flip 9 and was spat into the wall, bringing the session to a halt.
Any proof of a pink or yellow flag was not instantly obvious and, for most of the drivers, a radio message from race director Scot Elkins was their earliest piece of data.
Hen, who was approaching the Flip 8-9 part of the Cape City circuit, hit the brakes in response and in the end spun backwards into the wall. He adopted Mortara’s trajectory, coming to relaxation after making contact with the Swiss driver’s Maserati MSG.
“No yellow flags, no pink flags, a crash in entrance – it was a recipe for catastrophe,” Hen advised Autosport.
“I bought spooked by the radio message from Scot. I braked too arduous in an space the place you should not brake so arduous, and that fired the brake bias to the rear. It is an space the place you do not want that, and I spun.
“However why was there no yellow, or why was there no instant pink?
“Apparently there have been 21 seconds between Edo hitting the wall and me hitting Edo. 21 seconds is sufficient time to have a pink flag.”
Automobile of Edoardo Mortara, Maserati Racing after the crash
Picture by: Andreas Beil
Owing to the harm to his automobile, Hen’s Jaguar mechanics didn’t have sufficient time to make sure the Briton might make it onto the grid for Cape Town’s inaugural race.
Regardless of factoring within the battle among the many front-runners early on, Hen’s team-mate Mitch Evans had a equally depressing time following a drive-through penalty for an overpower spike. This left the Kiwi to complete eleventh, with no factors on the board for the works Jaguar squad.
Searching for the positives, Hen felt that Jaguar’s tempo in apply would not less than bode nicely for the following spherical in Sao Paulo.
“It felt nice [around Cape Town]. In FP1, we had been very fast. In FP2, we had been very fast. We have been one of many benchmarks all season for tempo and one-lap tempo,” stated Hen.
“However sadly we as a group come away from this with no factors. The excellent news is that we’re fast, in order that’s not less than a Positive.”