Caca Bueno has called Salvador Duran’s conduct in the second round of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY “reckless and desperate” after a collision that hampered several drivers’ races at the chicane.
The controversial clash between Bueno and VIP driver Duran occurred while the pair were running third and fourth in the early stages of Saturday’s race in Mexico City.
Duran made contact with Bueno at the chicane and caused the Jaguar Brazil Racing driver to spin, before further contact was made as they scrambled to rejoin the track.
“It’s so frustrating that a guy who has nothing to do with the championship hits me hard like this and hurts my race like he’s in a bumper car or something,” Bueno told e-racing365.
“He hit me in the rear wheel and spun me out and it also affected Simon [Evans] and another driver (Bandar Alesayi) too.”
“It was a stupid move from this guy (Duran), it was reckless and desperate. I hope he gets a sanction for this because it was not acceptable.”
Duran was penalized by way of a three-place grid penalty for his next race although, as a VIP driver in Mexico City, it would be unlikely to see him in the series again this season as Jaguar pushes for a variety of names to drive the No. 1 car over the course of the season.
He refused to accept blame for the incident when asked immediately after the race.
“I had a nice start and I got a run on Bryan [Sellers] in to the chicane and one of the Brazilian guys hit me straight in the back and I just had nowhere to go,” Duran told e-racing365.
“There is no space for two there and he hit me and then I had to hit him again as we tried to re-join and it was a big mess and a big shame for my race.”