Brilliant qualifying performance for Zeta Corse in Monte Carlo, where F.Renault 3.5 are holding the third round of the season. The team presented themselves in the Principality with an all-new line-up, formed by promising junior Carlos Sainz and brit talent Nick Yelloly: in the two-groups qualifying session, a usual feature for FR3.5 in Monaco, the first took the track in Group A, while the latter was part of Group B. Both groups found good track conditions, with fresh temperatures due to the early start (9 AM) and fully dry tarmac.
Unluckily, he made a mistake in the Swimming Pool complex, jumping high on a kerb and heading towards the barriers. Carlos showed brilliant car control and kept the car from crashing, but the chance to improve his laptime was gone. His performance was nothing less than amazing anyway, and his result is a deserved prize for the team owned by Giancarlo Zampieri and managed by Claudio Corradini.
When the time came for Group B to get on track, Yelloly manage to fight with the top runners early in the session, but in the final minutes he couldn’t find the right pace and a traffic-free lap, so missing the first rows and finishing in P7. To sum it up, Sainz will start from third row in P5 (he gains one place after a penalty to Vandoorne), while Yelloly will line-up in 13th place. The race will start tomorrow at 11 AM, on a 44 minutes + 1 lap distance.
Carlos Sainz: P3 Group A – P6 Overall (P5 due to a penalty handed to Vandoorne) “If one week ago, when I was told that I had to prepare for my F.Renault 3.5 debut in Monaco, somebody had also told me that I was going to qualify in 5th place alongside Da Costa I would have thought he was crazy.
And now I’m here, even a bit disappointed because without that mistake in the last sector of the last lap I could have topped my group and secured a first row start. You know, I’m just 18, I’m debuting both in Monaco and in the championship, I couldn’t ask for more.
Obviously I’m really happy, for both me and the team. I immediately felt at home with them and they have a top-notch technical staff, they really deserve some good results”.
Nick Yelloly: P7 Group B – P13 Overall “So far it has been a good weekend. Despite being new in the team I immediately had a good feeling, I needed no time to get acquainted with them. Everything was fine with the car too, just finding the limit required some more time but I was expecting that.
Qualifying didn’t go as expected, with the first set we were quick but I opted for a cautious approach while with the second set I couldn’t find the same pace, and traffic didn’t help to. Anyway we still have time to look into data and try to improve”.