Originally Posted by M7H
And Jilles took out the Serpent of Mark Green in the semi's, and the Serpent of Mazzeo in the final....
Well, I guess the Serpents had their share of bad luck.
In the case of Pietch hitting Grubers Serpent the unlucky part was Pietch.
Gruber was sliding down the end part of the straight on his roof in the middle of the driving line and Pietch was the unlucky guy to be driving down the straight next. With the straight right under the rostrum, entering the straight the drivers could only see the beginning of the straight when hitting full gas. There was almost no time to react to a car in the middle of his driving line at speed of 105-112 km/h. The Serpent went 1 meter up and Pietch slided of the track at the end of the straight.
There were just too many incidents of this nature in the higher finals.
The brand of the car was just a minor factor in how the driver succeeded in the race. Drivers skill, engine, mechanics skill, good luck & bad luck and even tyres (two compound vs. regular) playd bigger role than car brand.