The prestigious Monte Carlo street circuit held the fourth round of the GP2 Championship this weekend. The track, known for its constriction and lack of overtaking opportunities, still gave the Arden team some credit to its performance.

Mitch Evans
Mitch Evans

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With the timetable beginning a day earlier, Johnny and Mitch were out on Thursday morning for the first free practice session. This circuit is home to the Venezuelan driver, who won his first GP2 race in Monaco last year. It was Mitch’s second visit to the Principality, following his GP3 outing last year. The session was rather undisturbed with only a couple of yellow flags, allowing Mitch to place his Arden machine in third and Johnny in sixth, following a brush with the wall, bending his suspension slightly.

Mitch Evans

"Heading into Monaco I honestly didn't know what to expect, we had two difficult weekends since my podium in Malaysia so the plan was to turn it around and get back to the points end of the field. In Practice we instantly had pace, everything was coming to me and we were strong straight out of the box. We were 3rd in practice and managed to continue our pace into Qualifying by topping my group but 0.02 off pole. It was a great result for the team, having a 1-2 with Johnny on pole."

Johnny Cecotto Jr

“We worked very well in preparation for Monaco and after a lot work I think we had a very good setup on the car. In free practice I touched the wall in the third lap and bent the suspension slightly which changed the balance of the car a bit, making it a little harder to drive but I could feel that the car was very good. We made only a very slight change for Qualifying. We had prepared a decent plan for the laps in Qualifying and we held to that perfectly without any problems of traffic, which gave us a perfect session. We had two very good laps, both of which would have given us pole of the session but only the best one gave us the pole of both sessions!"

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