When Group Penske’s Will Energy floor to a halt with out gears at Flip 10 and introduced out a yellow, O’Ward – at that time sixth quickest – and championship chief Alex Palou slowed dramatically, whereas others didn’t.
The foundations stipulate that each one drivers shall cut back velocity by a minimal of 15% (or larger if circumstances warrant) and be ready to cease beneath such circumstances.
4 drivers improved their instances that lap, pushing O’Ward right down to ninth, however solely Ed Jones of Dale Coyne Racing was subsequently penalised, so Arrow McLaren SP moved up solely to eighth.
A confused O’Ward, who had been disconsolate after a poor follow on Friday, was completely happy that his automobile was improved for Saturday however was pissed off at being on the fourth row, solely two spots forward of a driver he must beat by 35 factors as a way to win the 2021 title.
“We did not roll off the perfect, however I believe we made some actually good adjustments, simply saved bettering,” he stated.
“We had sufficient for the Quick 6. Yeah, we should always have been within the Quick 6, so… sort of sucks to get hosed by a really odd name. I am nonetheless searching for solutions.”
Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
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One of many beneficiaries from O’Ward’s woes was team-mate Felix Rosenqvist, and the Mexican driver stated that he was “actually, actually completely happy for Felix, that he went into the Quick 6.”
However he added: “We’re in the identical crew and we’ve literal knowledge that reveals that a minimum of two of the vehicles that did not get penalised saved going shortly within the yellow flag.
“I do not know. Perhaps guidelines do not apply on the final race of the season when every thing’s at stake.
“It simply sucks. Sucks that we’re caught there as a result of we should always have transferred.
“We had the automobile to battle it. I do not know if for pole, however we positively had a automobile to be within the Quick 6 and begin throughout the first two rows… I am nonetheless ready on the reason, similar to you and everyone else. However doubt I am going to get a proof.”