The final DPR charade in Abu Dhabi
November 24, 2010 10 Comments
I thought about this after day 1 of testing was over… but thought: “No, it can’t be”. But after today’s session… hmmmmm.
With Michael Herck doing a solid job in his final runs with dad’s DPR Dallara, it is quite intriguing to see the second DPR pull off a single installation lap and pull into the pits, never to be seen again. Behavior impeccably repeated both yesterday and today.
I don’t know DPR “driver” Camilo Zurcher. All I know is that he has raced a variety of cars in Colombia, the US and Europe, and that he has worked as a mechanic at both Coloni and Trident. Now, and with all my respects to Camilo, what the heck is DPR trying to pull off and why is he acting the part in this sad, sad charade?
This is clearly Andre Herck’s last hurrah… making a partial mockery of his final run in GP2 with this team, and doing the complete minimum to not get fined, while blatantly laughing in the face of the series organization, not that they particularly care any more. We would all agree that today no serious driver would consider paying for a test with this team, and those usually filling in at the team were probably busy with whatever excuse they could come up with. Though DPR’s track record attracting drivers since the Herck takeover has been bad (putting it generously), their exclusion from the 2011-2013 GP2 team roster has marked the team’s complete downfall.
Though I am not aware of the specific reasons why the GP2 organization decided to exclude the team (though I can imagine why), this behavior only serves to reinforce my belief that the decision was a good one. These immature charades only serve to damage the image and strength of the GP2 Series. Thankfully, a racing series that in 3 days DPR’s owner will watch from a completely new perspective: the stands.