Puncture deflates Razia's hopes, Trummer makes progress
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.”