Two points is not enough Guillaume Moreau, the best French single seater driver in Monaco this year, was frustrated after the race. "I came home 9th and scored two championship points but I definitely had the car and the pace for more." It's a...
Two points is not enough
Guillaume Moreau, the best French single seater driver in Monaco this year, was frustrated after the race. "I came home 9th and scored two championship points but I definitely had the car and the pace for more."
It's a cliché, but it's true enough to be worth repeating: the qualifying session is more important than anywhere else at such an unusual track, because of the lack of overtaking opportunities that it presents, and because of the special format of the race, without the mandatory pit stops.
"I started qualifying behind my teammate Bertrand Baguette, and it took me six laps to get past. I set the third fastest time short after that, but I soon found Daniil Move in my way." The Russian driver was running three seconds off the pace and eventually failed to qualify. Guillaume wasn't in a mood to play Russian roulette in qualifying. So he decided to reduce his speed to be able to push for one single flying lap, then slowed down again to make another attempt. So he couldn't cover as many fast laps as expected, and take advantage of better track conditions in closing stages. The final opportunity vanished because of a yellow flag situation at St.Devote.
The Frenchman was 5th on the group A timesheet, and therefore 10th on the grid, so he needed a good start to save his race. "I had told the team I was ready to risk it all at the first corner. I got a great launch and managed to move to the inside line on the approach to St.Devote. I got alongside Aleshin, it was quite tight so I put two wheels on the inside kerb. Unfortunately the car jumped out of the kerb and I nearly lost it so I prayed not to touch the wall or another car. But I just lost momentum and a few cars passed. Then I benefited from Fauzy and Piccione's mistakes to claim 9th." Guillaume also put early pressure on Davide Valsecchi but couldn't find a way past. "I tried everything I could, to no avail. He made a few mistakes, but not big enough. It's a shame because I was also quicker than Van der Garde, Hanley and Aleshin, especially into the fast corners."