Poor Pedro de la Rosa must have run over a black cat while carrying a broken mirror and walking under a ladder at the same time – the guy can’t take a trick, it seems!
Having lost out on useful mileage in Friday’s first practice session, the local driver qualified in an improved 12th place on the grid in a heavily revised Sauber C29 which features, among a host of updates, a new front wing.
The changes to the Sauber seem to have done the trick, as both de la Rosa and team-mate Kamui Kobayashi showed much-improved form on the Circuit de Catalunya, with Kobayashi making the top-ten qualifying shootout on merit for the first time.
Sadly for Pedro, his race would go pear-shaped, forced to pit to repair a puncture (pictured) on the opening lap after being tagged by Sébastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso. The Spaniard would later retire, with the accident damage proving too difficult to handle.
Speaking with the BBC after he retired, Pedro said: "Well there’s not a lot to say. Unfortunately someone hit me on the rear tyre at Turn 1, so I had a puncture after that. I pitted but the car was undriveable and unrepairable so we made the decision to retire.
"Hopefully we will soon have, not necessarily some good luck, but at least some normal luck."
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]