Tracy: Wickens’ own fault
Paul Tracy thinks that Robert Wickens should not be surprised about the Rossi accident: “I would have stabbed the barn door with a truck!”
After the controversial end of the IndyCar season opener in St. Gallen in 2018, the mood is only slowly calming down. Petersburg. Robert Wickens, who was promoted to retirement at the last restart of Alexander Rossi, has so far received comforting words, while Rossi had to endure a shitstorm. However, for the first time an expert now criticises the restart of the former DTM pilot. And this one comes from his own country: Paul Tracy thinks that Wickens should have defended much better.
“I can understand it from Rossi’s perspective,” the 2003 ChampCar champion told Racer,”Wickens didn’t have a great restart, didn’t cover the inside track and left the door wide open. I would have been disappointed if Rossi hadn’t tried. He tried, they got in the car and in the end he shot Wickens out of the way. But with this big goddamn gap, I would’ve tried it, too. Wickens said after the race that there were too many marbles inside to defend harder.
Despite everything, Tracy thinks a lot of his compatriot: “He had an excellent first IndyCar weekend and is an outstanding talent. I’ve known him since he was a baby. His parents took a picture with him and me at a Toronto race and then he was with me when we became champions with Forsythe in 2003. He drove in Formula Atlantic when he was 15 or 16. Then he went to Europe. So I’ve known him a long time. And I’m sorry for him how that turned out.”
Paul Tracy was known at the time as a bully. Once he felt unjustly treated, he never shrunk from continuing the fight with his fists. So it’s no wonder he’s disappointed at how professionally both drivers handle the situation:”He has shown class, but what I want to see are rivalries. I want to see him say,’To hell with him! Next race it’s his turn!’ And I want Rossi to finally get that’Mr. Nice Guy’ thing and become a real scumbag.”
In his opinion, it would only help IndyCar if both drivers brought more pepper into the matter:”People are beating their brains out in the social media about it. It would be nice if they got at each other. I like Rossi because he’s a tough racer. But maybe Tracy would have to explain to the two drivers ironed out in Formula 1 and DTM how to build up real feuds in America – even if only for appearances.