MONACO DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DPR Despite showing so much promise on the streets of Monaco, today's single race of the weekend ended in disappointment for DPR. Olivier Pla of Toulouse was classified in 9th place at the finish but it might all have...
MONACO DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DPR
Despite showing so much promise on the streets of Monaco, today's single race of the weekend ended in disappointment for DPR. Olivier Pla of Toulouse was classified in 9th place at the finish but it might all have been very different had he not had a faulty start on the second, re-formed grid of the afternoon.
Making up time after the stalled start, he was consistently the quickest car on the track in today's 44- lap race, narrowly missing out on a point for fastest lap due to waved yellow flags.
The Frenchman lived up to his reputation as something of a street circuit expert from the first moment of practice on Friday when he posted the fastest time of the 24 GP2 runners. He was in line to follow this up in qualifying, after sitting at the top of the time sheets for the first half of the 30 minute session a full second clear of anyone else.
An unfortunate glance off the barriers at Portier meant that he was not running at the end of the session, but still qualified in 4th place, just three tenths of a second off Kovalainen's pole time and Pla's highest position to date.
Damage was contained to left hand suspension and a front wing. Ryan Sharp's run of bad luck continued in Monaco, with two gearbox failures in two days thwarting his attempts to repeat the speed and consistency he showed in Barcelona's races and Friday's free practice in Monaco.
A catastrophic gearbox component failure in yesterday's qualifying meant that he never managed to complete a timed lap, and he therefore had to start today's race near the back of the grid. After only 15 minutes, he retired with no drive due to another component malfunction.
Echoing the disappointment felt by both drivers and the whole team, Team Principal David Price said, "It was another challenging weekend. We're definitely quick enough but we're just not getting the results. Our set ups are good, our preparation is good and our pitstops have been faultless. I don't know what else we have to do to get the results, but I certainly hope our luck changes soon."