A mammoth effort by the JOTA team to prepare the McLaren in the wake of the high-speed incident saw the car repaired and transported to Germany in only a few days. rolling out for the first practice session of the weekend. Indeed, Ben showed the team's hard work had paid off running solidly in the top 10.
However, despite his dogged determination, Ollie continued to be plagued by the knee injury sustained less than a week earlier. In light of this, a decision was made at the eleventh hour to reluctantly withdraw.
“Obviously, we are all disappointed that we have had to withdraw from the race, but the safety and well-being of each member of our team is the priority.
It was a big push by everyone to be here for the weekend, not least Ollie, and it was always going to be touch-and-go whether we would be able to race. The JOTA team has done an amazing job to get the car here, and we looked strong in the early sessions, which is a huge credit to the effort they put in. I know Ollie was determined to make the race if he could, and we ran as late as we could to see if it was going to be possible, but we have to be sensible and take a longer-term view to make sure Ollie makes a full recovery.”
Ben will return to the track with JOTA after a three-week break for the final Sprint Cup event in Valencia, 24-26 September.