Jan Charouz finished his first race in streets of Monaco on 14th position Jan Charouz, driver of British P1 Motorsport team, put in a solid performance without mistakes during his debut World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 race in the streets of...
Jan Charouz finished his first race in streets of Monaco on 14th position
Jan Charouz, driver of British P1 Motorsport team, put in a solid performance without mistakes during his debut World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 race in the streets of the Monaco principality. The street track is notoriously known for difficult overtaking and any mistake is punished by the close barriers. The Czech did not any and finished 14th.
Although Jan Charouz set 16th time in the qualifying he started only from the 19th position as Monaco round of the Formula Renault 3.5 used a specific qualifying system of two groups and each group had one side of the grid. The Czech was 10th in his group and started from the 10th row.
The Czech driver produced a good performance in Sunday's race. Unlike many others did not make any mistake and managed to move up to the 14th position. He did not score points but still is leaving Monaco with a valuable experience.
Austrian Walter Grubmuller Jr.. with the second P1 Motorsport car finished 11th.
Jan Charouz, P1 Motorsport driver: "I am happy that I finally had a chance to drive around the famous Monte Carlo track but overall I am not satisfied. Our aim had been to score a top 10 result and we did not managed it in Monaco. Next round is in three weeks on my home track at Brno. I hope that I will be able to use my experience and in front of my home fans fight again for points."
Walter Grubmuller Jr., P1 Motorsport driver: "I managed to get one position immediately after the start. I was focusing to keep my place at the first few corners which was not easy. I got a hit on the back and also there was a collision in front of me. I was driving later in a group which was getting smaller and smaller as other had problems. The most difficult part was to avoid those cars. Fortunately, I managed it. I flat spotted my tyres shortly before the end during braking for the chicane which obviously affected the behaviour of my tyres. I am happy with 11th place. I just missed points but as a rookie it was important to gain experience."
The fourth event of the World Series by Renault goes to the Czech Republic namely the Masaryk Circuit in Brno on 4th-6th June. The standard format will be back with two races during the weekend. The first takes place on Saturday 5th and the second one next day.
-source: Jan Charouz