A Long Road
After that, the team made the drastic decision to replace motors mid-race day to give Deven a chance to show his true pace. It was a frantic scene as the engine swap needed to be made and tested in less than an hour, between the two Sprint Races. The mechanics and engineers did a magnificent job and finished the change with 10 minutes to spare.
Results came immediately. Deven made a decent start in the second Sprint Race, now able to trust in his machine again, and fought his way up through the field, making some fine overtaking moves and crossing the finish line in 9th spot in the end.
The combined results of the two Sprint Races meant that he would be starting 12th on the grid for the Semifinal. Not a total disaster but it would mean he would have to make up some places in order to be able to fight for some hardware today. However, in a bid to get more performance, more mapping changes were made. The engine was running better, but still not revving up the way it should.
This proved counterproductive, though, and ended up ruining any real chance of taking home any hardware from the race day. The adjustments made to the engine map caused the high end to not rev up at all, although the low end power remained. This meant no top speed on the straights for Deven, and he fell back in the pack as the Semifinal went on. It was painful and frustrating for the team to look on as Deven fought tooth and nail, but got absolutely nowhere. He ended up crossing the line in 2nd to last place, and then got bumped down to last post-race because of a 3s front fairing infraction.