Marussia Manor Racing
It has been another points-scoring weekend for Marussia Manor Racing GP3’s Tio Ellinas in Monaco, where the GP3 Series has competed for the first time this weekend. He qualified a disappointing P6 in Friday’s split-group session as the lead Marussia car, demonstrating strong pace in the races, finishing 9th and 8th to enjoy a tidy weekend on a track that often produces eventful racing. Considering his grid position the team made the most of the two races but as Monaco is such a challenging circuit to overtake at he was unable to get the free air he needed to demonstrate his true potential.
His team-mates Fabiano Machado and Dmitry Suranovich qualified 8th and 9th in Groups A and B respectively. They finished 15th and 16th in yesterday’s opening race and reversed fortunes - and places - to end today’s Race 2 with Dmitry improving to P11 and Fabiano in P18, although Dmitry was caught up in an accident with Conor Daly which caused him to lose his rear wing when Daly struck him from behind.
“Considering my qualifying I think we’ve achieved the best we could this weekend and I’ve learned a lot about racing in Monaco. We improved the car at every step and was pleased with my two race results, particularly today when I felt even more was possible had the race not been cut short.”
“The weekend did not start as well as I’d hoped for, with a disappointing qualifying, but things have improved from there and I am pleased with the way my race pace is developing.”
“It was disappointing to end today so far down after losing so many places as I tried to avoid the first corner accident. At a track like this it is difficult to work your way back through the field. Anyway, there were more positive signs through the weekend and I’ve enjoyed racing in Monaco for the first time.”
Pete Sliwinski, Team Principal
“Tio has done a solid job to recover from a poor qualifying and has carried that progress through all the way to today’s race 2. He made a strong getaway to gain a place and demonstrate good pace in the race, pressuring yesterday’s winner Vainio. He was looking to make a move but the race was cut short after Conor Daly’s accident. Fabiano was unlucky as he got caught up in the first corner incident between Brundle and Muller, having to take evasive action to miss the stricken Muller’s upturned car. Unfortunately this left him near the back of the field and it was always going to be difficult to recover that at a circuit like Monaco. Dmitry, who was disappointed with his qualifying performance on his first visit to Monaco, showed really good pace in Race 1 climbing to 16th and again in Race 2 climbing to P11.”