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Monaco: Renault race report

Fastest lap for di Grassi at Monaco Lucas di Grassi had the consolation of setting fastest lap after a frustrating GP2 race at Monaco. Both Lucas and his fellow Renault Driver Development squad member Jose Maria Lopez suffered damage in a ...

Fastest lap for di Grassi at Monaco

Lucas di Grassi had the consolation of setting fastest lap after a frustrating GP2 race at Monaco.

Both Lucas and his fellow Renault Driver Development squad member Jose Maria Lopez suffered damage in a multi-car accident at the first corner that effectively ruined their races.

Lucas had a good qualifying session and started 11th in the Durango entry, while Jose was 15th in the Super Nova car. Any hopes they had of making up ground at the start were dashed by the chain reaction incident at Ste Devote. Six drivers didn't make the end of the first lap, and the RDD boys were among several who had to come into the pits for repairs.

Lucas decided to wait until the pit window opened before coming in for a new rear wing and two rear tyres. He resumed the race and then later on had a problem with a front tyre that turned out to have been damaged in the accident. He went out again with a fresh set and was able to set fastest lap, earning his first point of the season. He was eventually classified 11th of the 14 cars still running at the end.

Jose had a long stop for repairs, and eventually resumed some eight laps down. The rest of the race was basically a test session for him, and he was not classified at the finish. However, he did at least set the fifth fastest lap of the race.

Lucas di Grassi: 'Everyone was braking and I braked in time, and the guy behind me crashed into me and broke my rear wing and bent my suspension. I came in on the third lap because I had to wait. Then the tyre burst so we stopped to change all of them. I went out and did the quickest lap, which was the only thing possible. In the middle of the race we had a very good car. It was a shame about the start, but there was nothing I could do about it. At least I got a point and set a new record for the track! It's a good way to help get the team together and improve the car for the last half of the season. Silverstone is a completely different track from here, but things are getting better and I'm getting better and more confident with the car.'

Jose Maria Lopez: 'There's not much to say! I braked in the first corner and I didn't try anything because I know it's quite tight. I just saw a car flying over me. I stopped, and the damage wasn't too bad, so we changed the front wing and rear wing and went out to see how the car is. The race pace wasn't too bad, but we struggled a little bit in qualifying, and that was the main problem. I like Silverstone, and I hope to be on the podium and score good points. It's also the home race for the team.'

-renault

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Series GP2
Drivers Jose Maria Lopez , Lucas di Grassi