Jose Maria Lopez had a successful weekend in Berlin, as the Ds Virgin Racing car was extremely quick in qualifying but struggled to convert that into race pace.
The 34-year old was the quickest driver during free practice and was only 0.001 of a second behind Lucas Di Grassi’s pole position time on Saturday.
Finding race pace
With two more doubleheaders on the way in New York and Montreal. Lopez is hopeful his engineers can find some race pace as we enter the final two events of the season.
“We were quick over the two days, but we were unable to convert that into the race. So I think we got what we deserved out of the weekend with a P4 and a P5. But we still need to work on finding some more race pace,” said Lopez.
Fight with Sam
Lopez and Sam Bird got into a tussle during the Sunday the race. The two drivers collided at turn one. Bird was able to keep his car out of the wall, but the British driver lost three positions in the process.
The Argentine felt it was great that he could fight with Bird on the track. However, he knows the two drivers can’t afford to come together again in the final few races of the season.
“It was a good fight, but unfortunately we touched which is the last thing we want as a team. With Sam, we have been very quick this weekend, and we have been on the same level.
“In both races, we were extremely close to each other, and we will still race each other, but there are no hard feelings between us, and we will work together again in New York,” said Lopez
As Lopez comes to the end of his rookie season, the 34-year-old has been delighted with how he has progressed in the series, as he is now able to compete at the front of the field.
“I am happy with how I have progressed in the series. I have grown up in the last couple of races, and now I can fight at the front which I wasn’t doing earlier in the year.
“I have been scoring a lot of points in the last few rounds. I think after the first four races I only had one or two points. Now I have 40 points plus which is very important for the team and myself.
“It was a big challenge for me at the beginning of the year. Now I feel like I am getting there,” explained Lopez.