Circuit de Monaco
Kral An Encouraging Seventh In Crazy Monaco Qualifying
Monaco lived up to its reputation as a magnet for chaos during qualifying for this weekend’s opening GP2 race – but Josef Kral kept his nose clean to qualify an excellent seventh for Arden International. The Czech timed his run to perfection. With cars flying off the circuit in all directions, Kral managed to find clear space to post a competitive 21.876s in the closing moments of a particularly closely fought session. With rival Jules Bianchi penalised for an offence last weekend in Barcelona, Kral will be promoted to sixth on the grid.
Team-mate Jolyon Palmer improved as the day went on, but dense traffic – a Monte Carlo staple – tripped him up at the critical moment. He was less than a second adrift of Kral, but will start only 19th.
“It’s safe to say there is a lot of traffic here in Monaco, so I couldn’t put a lap together during free practice. I think we found what we needed in qualifying, though, so our earlier lack of pace was not that important. The car felt OK, but there were some crazy situations on the circuit. I finished one lap, which felt quite good, but got to Rascasse and found that lots of cars had almost stopped – I missed Max Chilton by about two centimetres. After that I was waiting and waiting to find clear space. The tyres were past their best by the time I managed one, so I’m pleased with the result and starting on row three means I have a real chance of a good result. My goal is to finish in the points and obtain a competitive grid position for Saturday’s race, too.”
“Free practice was a chance to learn the track and things began well, although an ignition problem meant I managed only half a session. I found my way around, though, which was useful. Qualifying was absolute madness. There were people backing up to create a bit of track space and that created lots of jams, which in turn caused accidents. There were yellow flags waving almost all the time. I managed one clean lap during my second run, but I know I could have gone much faster. It’s my first time here, though, so starting19th isn’t the end of the world. And, as we all know, anything is possible in Monaco, so I wouldn’t rule out a points finish. We’ll try to come up with a good strategy and then see what happens.”