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Arden Monaco race 1 report

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Puncture deflates Razia's hopes, Trummer makes progress

Simon Trummer
Simon Trummer

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

Arden drivers Luiz Razia and Simon Trummer suffered mixed fortunes in this morning opening GP2 Series race through the streets of Monaco. Razia made a bright start to run fifth initially, but dropped a few positions in the wake of his mandatory tyre stop on the 22nd of 42 laps. He remained on course for a strong points finish, however, until he was forced to make a late, second pit stop after running over debris that punctured his right rear tyre. The delay dropped him to 15th at the flag.

Team-mate Simon Trummer had a positive race. After starting 20th, the Swiss drove smoothly and consistently, avoiding trouble and capitalising on others’ errors to move up to 12th.

Simon Trummer comments:

“Today’s principal target was to finish the race, so it’s a case of mission accomplished. I made a decent start and immediately picked off two other cars, but I struggled at first to keep pace with the cars ahead. My lap times improved as the race went on, though, and the decision to make a late tyre stop paid off, because it gained me about three positions.

“I’m pleased with the result, which was pretty respectable given that I haven’t raced here before. I now have a fairly good grid position for tomorrow, too, and will try to build on that.”

Luiz Razia comments:

“It’s a case of what might have been. My pace was strong at the start – and even if tyre wear was greater than I’d anticipated, I was still quick enough to fight for a place in the top six.

“My pit stop wasn’t the best, unfortunately, but I was still on course to record another points finish until Esteban Gutierrez clipped the chicane barriers when he was running just ahead of me. I guess I ran over some of the debris from his damaged wing, but that dictated another pit visit and a two-stop strategy was never going to work. The result obviously compromises my grid position for tomorrow – without the puncture I’d have started the sprint race from pole – but as always I will do whatever I can to achieve a good result.”

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