Starting from fifth place, Smidl worked his way up to first place in just a few laps, after which he was able to control events and create a large gap. “I drove very aggressively, but I was always fair,” explains Smidl in the interview with the winner.
Amazing: Second-placed Enrique Marañon simply let Smidl pass instead of defending himself. “I didn’t defend myself much, he had better pace. Instead, I focused on the fight with Dedic,” analyzes the Spaniard, whose strategy paid off. After a mistake by Dedic in the Veedol chicane, he won the duel. “He drove a strong race and defended well. If it wasn’t for the mistake, I probably wouldn’t have gotten it.”
The Zurich resident is angry about his mistake. “It is frustrating. In the end, a small mistake cost me second place. The race was very difficult, the level in the field is very high,” sums up Dedic. “But it’s still a strong podium finish. Those are important points for the championship.” And 1,500 Swiss francs for your wallet.