Sunday May 27, 2012
The second Monaco GP3 Series was every bit as boisterous as the first proved sedate. The safety car was deployed moments after the race began, because Carlin driver Will Buller overturned at the first corner, and a result was declared after 13 of the scheduled 18 laps following another accident, this time involving American Conor Daly (Lotus) and several rivals. The safety car was dispatched once more, but damage to the debris fencing soon caused the red flag to appear.
MW Arden drivers Mitch Evans and David Fumanelli steered clear of trouble and ran fourth and fifth from start to finish – a reverse of yesterday’s result. Third team member Matias Laine knew he would be in for a tough afternoon: from 21st on the grid he rose to 17th before the race was abandoned.
“I started fourth again and hoped to gain a place or two at the start, but that didn’t happen. I held my position, though, and after that it was a case of follow my leader. I’m pleased with another decent points haul, though, because it keeps me in the thick of the title battle.”
“I made another good start, but so did Mitch and I was unable to gain any positions off the grid. The race was fairly tame after that – for me, at least. I pushed as hard as I could to get fastest lap, but missed out by about three tenths. Overall, though, my Monaco experience has been very positive.”
“It was a lively race for some drivers, but less so for me. I was determined to make up a few places, but overtaking was no easier than yesterday and it was hard to settle into a rhythm with all the interruptions. Roll on Valencia…”