Monaco: Guillaume Moreau race report

Guillaume in the points in Monaco After Monza and Spa, the Renault 3.5 Series continued its tour of the mythic circuits with a halt in Monaco. Last-minute rain made everything even trickier than usual on this very special circuit. Guillaume ...

Guillaume in the points in Monaco

After Monza and Spa, the Renault 3.5 Series continued its tour of the mythic circuits with a halt in Monaco. Last-minute rain made everything even trickier than usual on this very special circuit. Guillaume Moreau, however, managed to avoid all its traps and pitfalls and finished 7th in the single race of the weekend.

On Thursday morning, the 26 Renault 3.5s were the first to tackle the redoubtable Monaco roller coaster. On a completely green track the teams had only 45 minutes to fine-tune their set-ups for qualifying. Guillaume showed his talent by getting into the groove straight away and set the 4th quickest time. "Duran, Van der Garde, Bonanomi and myself outpaced the rest of the field. I'm satisfied because I feel we've moved up another notch in terms of our performance."

Unfortunately, qualifying did not give Guillaume the chance to confirm his promising start. In the early morning rain fell on the streets of Monaco reducing all his previous efforts to naught. The first group of 13 cars went out on a soaking track. Guillaume was in the second group and things were a lot tougher. The rain stopped falling after a few minutes and the streets began to dry out very quickly. In such conditions choosing the right moment to shod slicks is crucial.

The Frenchman did not make the best of the situation, and finished 7th in his group. "We didn't have the right strategy as I only managed one flying lap. I needed two to get the tyres up to working temperature. It's all the more annoying as I was always in first or second place in the wet; I was quick enough to qualify on the first two rows."

After qualifying was over a shower of penalties hit the drivers who had been helped to restart by the marshals after spins. This moved Guillaume up 7 places on the grid. "The rules were applied to the letter. I made absolutely sure that I didn't commit the slightest error, as I knew we were forbidden to restart with outside help."

On Sunday morning the Principality again awoke to the rain. Race Control took the decision to start the race behind the safety car, which virtually cancelled out any overtaking opportunities. "From a safety point of view I understand their decision, but it's a great pity as I usually make lightning starts," said Guillaume philosophically before climbing into his car. The KTR driver started 7th and that's where he finished in a rather monotonous race. "It was a real procession. The guys in front of me made no mistakes and everyone played follow-my-leader! My result's bagged me a four more points and helps me to hold onto my sixth place in the championship."

He knows that he has to get close to the topmost step of the rostrum at the next round at Silverstone in two weeks' time. "There are six meetings and twelve races left so there's still a long way to go. Van der Garde has opened up a good lead so we'll just have to try and turn things around."

Before that he will be at Le Mans behind the wheel of the Luc Alphand Adventures-entered Corvette C6.R for the 24-Hours test day on 1st June.

-credit: gmPR

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Luc Alphand , Guillaume Moreau