Audi Team Principal Allan McNish believes that the poor showing from his team in Saudi Arabia was down to the conditions and the lack of running time leading up to the race.
The Riyadh street circuit was submerged in water after heavy rain overnight and in the early hours of the morning. The two scheduled practice sessions were cancelled, leading to a shorter practice session that finished 30 minutes before that start of qualifying.
This did not give any team a chance to fix problems in time for qualifying and the race, which is what McNish thinks cost the team in Saudi Arabia.
“I think all of the teams suffered very much under the conditions on this difficult race track that was new for everyone,” said Team Principal Allan McNish.
“Qualifying was like a gamble and nobody was able to prepare perfectly. In the end, we have to settle for Daniel (Abt) and Lucas (di Grassi) still having finished in the points but, obviously, the result is not what we expected or capable of.
“Hopefully, when we are in Marrakesh, we can see where we really are under normal conditions, but we’re taking plenty of homework with us to Neuburg and clearly want to improve for the next race.”
Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi fought back from eleventh and eighteenth on the grid to finish eighth and ninth in Riyadh.