ARDEN DRIVERS TAME THE STREETS OF MONACO. BUT POINTS PROVE ELUSIVE The fifth round of the GP2 Series in Monaco proved to be predictably tough - and the Safety Car twice had to be called into service to allow...
ARDEN DRIVERS TAME THE STREETS OF MONACO.
BUT POINTS PROVE ELUSIVE
The fifth round of the GP2 Series in Monaco proved to be predictably tough - and the Safety Car twice had to be called into service to allow wrecked cars to be cleared from the circuit. Arden International team-mates Bruno Senna and Adrian Zaugg kept cool heads amid the intermittent chaos. although ultimately their hopes of a points finish were dashed.
Senna and Zaugg made good starts to lie eighth and ninth at the end of the opening lap and they moved steadily up the order as rivals ahead made their mandatory tyre stops. By lap 18 they ran second and third - and when leader Pastor Maldonado (Trident) pitted at the end of lap 19, Senna very briefly held first place at the circuit where his late, great uncle Ayrton notched up six Formula One victories - a Monaco record. When he made his own pit stop at the end of the lap, however, he was shuffled back into the midfield traffic. He subsequently outwitted Kohei Hirate (Trident) to pull off one of the race's few overtaking manoeuvres and was one of the fastest drivers on the track in the closing stages, when he set the race's third fastest lap. He was only able to recover to 11th place, however.
Zaugg ran second until lap 25, when he made a timely tyre stop just as the Safety Car made its first appearance (to recover the car of Racing Engineering driver Javier Villa, who crashed heavily at the chicane). He rejoined the race in ninth place, but was unable to make any further progress. He chased hard after former grand prix driver Antonio Pizzonia (FMS), but eventually finished just 0.610s outside the points. After today's result, Senna has slipped from second to third in the standings while Zaugg lies 14th.
GP2 teams now have a significant break. The next two rounds of the F1 world championship are in Canada and North America, where GP2 does not form part of the supporting programme. The series resumes at Magny-Cours, France, on June 30.
Bruno Senna: You can't win every race. It has been a tough weekend and we didn't have all the gaps filled, so we haven't scored any points. The only real upside from all this? We have just one race here this weekend!
Adrian Zaugg: We had good race pace and it was just a pity that I didn't come away with any points. I was potentially quicker than two or three of the cars ahead, but there was no way through. At least I finished the race. I had a good pit stop and brought the car home with no damage - I just touched the barrier once, but only gently. All in all this has been a good experience.