The Mayor of HinchTown James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda said he had a tough day at the office in race one at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Saturday.
Speaking following the race, Hinch who finished ninth commented saying:
“Tough day at the office. The Arrow car was quick in certain stages of the race, but unfortunately the way the yellows fell, it wasn’t to our benefit. A lot of guys that made mistakes today ended up catching a lucky yellow and ended up ahead of us. Ninth certainly isn’t the result we deserved for the effort we put forward and keeping our nose clean. We’ll move on to tomorrow and try and finish further up.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda finished the race in 13th place and speaking following the race he said:
I thought it was a decent race. Obviously it was my first experience on these wet Firestone tires, because I missed out on them that part of the race in Indy, so I had zero previous experience [with them]. It made the first part of the race a bit difficult to sort of get up to speed in the wet, but I thought when I got going, we were looking quite strong towards the end of the wet tire stint. In the damp conditions on the slicks [primary Firestone tires], we were quite competitive. We were making up a few positions, picking off a few guys in the Arrow car and moving up the field. Of course in conditions like that, it’s difficult to make moves because the track was wet off [race] line. We couldn’t really progress more than that, but I think it’s all part of the learning curve. We’ll try again tomorrow.”