DISAPPOINTMENT ON THE STREETS OF MONACO Monte Carlo -- May 27, 2007. Fairuz Fauzy's Monaco World Series by Renault race lasted only a handful of laps after he was forced to retire with a mechanical problem. After making a terrific start...
DISAPPOINTMENT ON THE STREETS OF MONACO
Monte Carlo -- May 27, 2007. Fairuz Fauzy's Monaco World Series by Renault race lasted only a handful of laps after he was forced to retire with a mechanical problem.
After making a terrific start off the line, the Cram Competition made two positions as the field filed around the tortuous streets of Monaco for the opening lap.
As Fairuz dispatched both Italian Marco Bonanomi and Frenchman Guillaume Moreau at Ste Devote the safety car was suddenly deployed following a collision between Charlie Kimball and Alejandro Nunez.
Shortly after the restart, Fairuz felt an imbalance at the rear of his car and as he approached the tight right-hander at Mirabeau the rear wheels locked up and he went straight into the escape road.
On getting his 'Macho' sponsored Dallara back to the pits, the team discovered a problem with the suspension and the cause was a broken rear damper. He tried to continue but eventually retired his car after just 16 of the 25 laps.
"This is such a big disappointment and a really big shame," said the Malaysian. "We had the pace over the weekend and would have been in a position to get some points in this race -- but it's just one of those things and there is nothing we can do about it."
Fairuz said he first felt a problem with the rear of his car as he approached the starting grid, then after the safety car period it got worse. "Initially the team thought that it might be a problem with the roll bar. But it was obvious there was no chance to continue so we retired the car."
With big hopes for success on the streets of Monaco, the Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One test driver has six weeks now to focus ahead of the next race in Budapest [July 14/15].
"This is such an important year, but the competition is so high that you can't afford to lose anything to your rivals," says the 24-year-old. "With such a long break to the next race we can sit down, clear our heads and focus on the next part of the season and then start our championship campaign."
-credit: Mofaz Motorsport