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Simmons: Something should have been done about opening lap collision

Arden’s Ayrton Simmons called for something to be done about the British Formula 4 race three incident that wiped him out of the lead fight at Snetterton.

Simmons had been running second when he was hit by Carlin’s Logan Sargant and pushed onto the grass.

He recovered to take fourth, but believes the win would have been possible.

“The car felt really good,” Simmons told Overtake Motorsport. “It was definitely good enough for P1 and that’s why I’m so disappointed that I came off at turn two because I wasn’t able to challenge for the top step.

“I got hit onto the grass. It seems like the only way they can stop me right now.

“I went around the outside – it was a pretty clean move for me. I’m not sure if he [Sargeant] got hit but the car next to me moved as soon as I got alongside it and then I got hit off the track.

“Something should be done.”

Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist admitted he hit Sargeant after locking up into turn two.

34839594395_8af8de6bc3_k“Unfortunately I had nowhere to go,” he said.

“I locked up the front brake and then I hit Sargant a bit, but he still managed to get out in front, so I don’t think it managed to be that much of a disaster.

“I’m sorry to him for that, but it wasn’t intentional.”

Sargeant was able to challenge Oscar Piastri for the race win, finishing two tenths of a second behind the race winner.

Lundqvist finished third.

The opening lap collision was deemed a racing incident. Frustrated, Simmons is now focusing on the next round at Knockhill later this month.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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