Circuit de Monaco
Great Recovery For Ceccon And Herck
Great Race 1 for Scuderia Coloni in Monaco: Kevin Ceccon and Michael Herck both boasted an impressive recovery, finishing respectively in P11 and P14, after starting from 11th and 12th row of the grid. Starting behind on a track were overtaking is nearly impossible as Monaco the key aspects were a flawless performance by the drivers and a good team strategy, and Scuderia Coloni had both: the team chose to split the drivers' strategies and opted for an early pit-stop with Herck and a late one with Ceccon. The Italian driver showed an amazing performance, managing tyre wear in the first half of the race and being able to extend his stint until lap 21. This allowed him to have fresher rubber in the final stages, while his rivals were struggling with worn tyres. In the last ten laps Kevin lapped as fast as the leaders and in doing this he passed his team-mate and Fauzy, then taking advantage of the mistakes from other drivers to clinch P11, an incredible result for a 17 year-old driver at his debut in Montecarlo.
Also Herck contested a great race, and as his team mate he did no mistake at all in a very difficult race. Anyway, his early pit stop strategy meant that in the final laps his Pirellis were suffering a lot, and so he couldn't attack.
Kevin Ceccon: “Eleventh on my debut in Montecarlo starting from P21 is way beyond my expectations. I think I did a good job in the first half of the race, coping with traffic and managing my tyres, and I'm really satisfied with the second part, as I had a great pace after the pit-stop. As soon as the track was clear in front of me I improved my laptimes a lot and catching the guys in front was quite easy. With this pace I can have good hopes for tomorrow, if we stay out of troubles as today.
Michael Herck: “In Monaco being quick is just half of the job, the other half is making no mistakes and I managed to do that brilliantly. I'm happy for the positions I gained, things are looking better for tomorrow now, but we have to work a bit on both pace and tyre wear to be really competitive”.
-source: scuderia coloni