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Monaco: Ocean Racing Tech event summary

Chilton and Leimer learn Monaco the hard way No points for Ocean Racing Technology The race weekends followed closely together but unfortunately they were not the same for Ocean Racing Technology. After celebrating a splendid victory for Fabio...

Chilton and Leimer learn Monaco the hard way

No points for Ocean Racing Technology

The race weekends followed closely together but unfortunately they were not the same for Ocean Racing Technology. After celebrating a splendid victory for Fabio Leimer in Barcelona, the GP2 Main Series team turned their fortunes toward Monaco, however the final scorecard does not reflect the competitiveness of the Portuguese team on the streets of the Principality. The cars proved their speed in qualifying where Fabio Leimer secured the fifth best time, however teammate Max Chilton's best time was compromised due to yellow flags on his final lap when the track was drying and at its best, and he finished up 16th overall.

But the two Ocean Racing Technology drivers knew that in Monaco the smallest problemhad serious consequences. Max Chilton's first race came to an end in the first turn, in the famous braking zone at Sainte Devote where the English driver was involved in a collision. As for Fabio Leimer, after having stalled on the starting grid, he started from pitlane but hit the barriers under braking at Mirabeau. The premature retirements for both Fabio and Max put them at the back of the grid for race two where they spent the race gathering invaluable experience about one of the most difficult circuits in the world, knowing that points would be out of their reach.

Max Chilton's fourteenth place was a remarkable result after starting 24th on the grid... "All was good on Saturday. I found a good race pace and I made up several positions. The car was difficult to handle in the final stages but you can expect that on such a demanding track on the tyres," Max Chilton explained. "I had a good start but I had to lift off a bit on several occasions to avoid collisions with slower cars. In the end it was good experience to learn a street circuit that was new to me."

Fabio Leimer finished race two three places behind his teammate but the Swiss driver once again showed the extent of his talent by recording the 5th fastest race lap, a half a second faster than that of the race winner, despite the difficulty of having to race in traffic from start to finish. "It really is a shame because 5th place in qualifying presented a good outlook. But the first race is just a bad memory. It is the kind of situation where a young driver learns from his mistakes because the price you have to pay is high. The day after, my aim was to bring the car home for my first race weekend in Monaco. I'm already thinking of Istanbul where I will do my best to get us back into the positions we deserve," Fabio Leimer said.

The next GP2 Main Series races will take place in Turkey, May 29-30 where Ocean Racing Technology will be aiming to fight back and race with the front runners once again.

-source: ort

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Series GP2
Drivers Fabio Leimer , Max Chilton