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Hamilton escapes melee to take Monaco victory

ART Grand Prix's racer Lewis Hamilton claimed today the victory on the circuit of Monaco in this weekend's round of GP2 series. French drivers Franck Perera and Alexandre Premat took the other podium places. It was a chaotic start with a massive...

ART Grand Prix's racer Lewis Hamilton claimed today the victory on the circuit of Monaco in this weekend's round of GP2 series. French drivers Franck Perera and Alexandre Premat took the other podium places.

It was a chaotic start with a massive shunt, several crashes and stopped cars, and by the second lap, almost a third of the grid were out of the race.

Hamilton won from the pole position he took in yesterday's qualifying session with the Dallara-Renault. This was the third victory for the British driver, after the pair he achieved in Nurburgring event.

"It's quite an emotional experience winning here in Monaco: it's historic, and it's something that, growing up, you dream of. To come into GP2 in only my first year and win here, and from pole ... I couldn't ask for more", commented Hamilton.

It was second victory in Monaco for the Brit, who had the honour last season in the Formula 3 Euroseries event.

Second place went to Perera -- who started from the front row alongside Hamilton -- his first podium and points in the series after a hard season start. It was also the first podium for French team Dams this the year.

"We have had the speed but we haven't had the chance, and this weekend was perfect because now we can focus, be more relaxed, and we know we can fight for the top three at all the other races", the Frenchman stated.

Premat continues to add important points race by race, and today was no exception, taking the last podium step. The Frenchman has reached the top three in four of the last five races.

"The feeling is great. We had a great strategy to get out in front of Piccione and I am really happy", Premat said.

Local driver Cilvio Piccione ended up on fourth place after starting from third row with a car of DPR Direxiv. The remaining points positions were filled by Austrian Andreas Zuber, followed by Felix Porteiro, Michael Ammermuller and Sergio Hernandez.

With this victory, Hamilton takes over the lead in the championship standings with 49 points, leaving behind Brazilian Nelson A. Piquet, who didn't have a good weekend in Monte Carlo, and stays in 39. Premat is now solid in third place with 33, followed by Ernesto Viso with 26.

The next event for GP2 series will be in two weeks's time on the British race track of Silverstone.

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Series GP2
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Sergio Hernandez , Alexandre Prémat , Felix Porteiro , Andreas Zuber , Ernesto Viso , Franck Perera , Michael Ammermüller
Teams ART Grand Prix