Circuit de Monaco
Top 10 in Monaco
Ocean Racing Technology just barely misses out on its first points in Monaco
Ocean Racing Technology had its best performance of the season on the most complex circuit of the GP2 Main Series calendar, Monaco's legendary street circuit. Unfortunately, the Portuguese team was not rewarded for its efforts, since it experienced two mechanical problems and did not bring home the points that were within its reach.
Kevin Mirocha moved up 13 places in the first race, which he finished in 10th. On Saturday, he was on track to cross the finish line in 8th when engine trouble forced him to abandon the race. The young German driver, who was racing in Monaco for the first time, confirmed that Ocean Racing Technology is on the right track. "We were fast in practice and although the race didn't go better, we have nothing to be ashamed of because the incidents were beyond our control. On Saturday, I was very comfortable and the car was very competitive until the engine suddenly cut out after seven laps. It's too bad because I could have finished in the top 10."
Johnny Cecotto Jr. moved up to 9th place in the first race and had his eye on 8th, which would have enabled him to secure a point and the pole position for the second race, when his engine failed on him just before mid-race. The Venezuelan driver went from fighting for a top spot, to a drop in the ranking and a start from the back of the grid in the second race. On Sunday, Johnny did not have an easy hand on a circuit that is notorious for the lack of overtaking opportunities presented by its torturous street track. Johnny received a drive-through penalty for a jump start, and finished the race in 17th place after a tough fight with Michael Herck, who was very aggressive in defending his place. "I am very disappointed because it was a very complicated race. I really like Monaco and I am used to being fast in qualifying there. Tenth place on the starting grid was not bad and I managed to move up a place during the race. Despite the time lost in the pit stop, 8th place was within our reach. Unfortunately, the engine shut down. On Saturday, I moved up a few places in the first laps, and then I did a drive-through and after that I had to deal with Michael Herck who was driving dangerously. It could have ended in an accident, but I decided to let off the gas instead,"concluded, Johnny Cecotto Jr., who leaves Monaco with a bitter taste in his mouth.
After six races in May, the GP2 Main Series will be taking a month off. The championship returns to Valencia, Spain, June 24 and 26 with the Formula 1 European Grand Prix.