The pilot started off well, with many overtakes and always on the top-10, but the idea to stop twice didn’t go as planned and Leist lost positions by the end, arriving in fourteenth place.
After spending a good part of the race on the top-10, Matheus Leist had great chances of ending among the eight best on today’s double round at Indy in Detroit. However, the strategy of having two stops, saving fuel and tyres, ended up not going as expected and consequently the youngest pilot on the grid (19 years old) lost positions in the end, crossing the finish line in 14th place.
“Our pace was better today (compared with Saturday): I got a good start and overtook several other pilots to stay on the top-10. We had great conditions to finish the race among the eight best, but unfortunately our pit stop strategy didn’t work. But that’s what Indy’s like: today was not our day but on another round we can benefit from a different strategy.” Says Leist, who remains on 17th place on the championship, with 125 points.
Chmapion of the English F-3 in 2016, Leist took his career to the USA last year, competing on Indy Lights, access category where he won 3 races, including his debut in ovals, in Indianapolis, the preliminary of Indy-500.
This weekend, Leist also participated for the first time in the street circuit in Detroit, on the Belle Isle track. Even after losing the top-10, the pilot had a positive performance on Sunday.
“We had to save gas and tyre, and by the end of the race, with a small amount of yellows, it was clear that three stops would’ve been more efficient. But we’re sure that we were more competitive on this second race and we hope that next time we keep this pace to stay on the top-10” said Leist.
The next Indy round will be next Saturday, on the oval track of the Texas Motor Speedway.