THIRD PLACE FOR IMPRESSIVE MONRAS Miki Monras put in a brilliant drive to secure third place for MW Arden in this morning's GP3 Series race at Spa-Francorchamps. From ninth on the grid, the Spaniard moved swiftly into the top five -- and ...
THIRD PLACE FOR IMPRESSIVE MONRAS
Miki Monras put in a brilliant drive to secure third place for MW Arden in this morning's GP3 Series race at Spa-Francorchamps. From ninth on the grid, the Spaniard moved swiftly into the top five -- and he remained in contention after a mid-race rain shower persuaded the majority of the field to switch to wet tyres. Monras maintained his composure in the slippery conditions and moved up to third in the race's closing stages to end the weekend on a high note for MW Arden.
Team-mate Michael Christensen ran just outside the top ten in the opening stages, but lost out -- for the second time in as many days -- through having to queue in the pits during the tyre changes. That cost him several positions and he ultimately failed to finish after spinning on the final lap.
A weekend rich with promise ended disappointingly for Leonardo Cordeiro. Second on the road yesterday, before a time penalty dropped him to 14th, the Brazilian failed to take the start after spinning into the pit wall on his way to the grid.
"I was confident I would be able to score points from ninth on the grid -- and a good start helped. Although I moved swiftly up to fifth, it was difficult for me to keep some of the others behind because they were running less wing and were quicker on the longest straight. Our change to wet tyres felt pretty good -- and we made a couple of places up on the pit stop, so thanks to the team for that. I pushed as hard as I could, but it was important to be a little bit cautious because the track was very slippery. Given that I started near the back of the grid yesterday, I have to be happy with a podium finish."
"It really hasn't been my year, has it? Sometimes I've been very quick, but circumstances often seem to conspire against me. The goal today was to make up as much ground as possible but, like Miki, I was running more wing than some of the others and that made overtaking quite difficult. There wasn't much I could do about the time I lost at the pit stop -- that was just the luck of the draw -- and after that I put my head down and tried to pass as many cars as I could. Unfortunately I pushed a little too hard and spun into the tyre wall. My target now is to put the last few race weekends behind me and finish on a high note at Monza."
"I was trying to warm my tyres, but the track surface was really cold and when I put down the power the car simply spun around. It has been a frustrating weekend in many ways. I know yesterday's second place didn't count in the end, because of the penalty I received, but I have still made good progress and will draw strength from that. I believe I can now challenge for victory at Monza."
-source: mw arden