Monaco: Arden International race report

Accident for Nicolas, points for Michael Nicolas Lapierre spent Saturday night in hospital after he was the innocent victim of a first corner accident at Monaco. Nicolas complained of back pain after getting out of the car, and was detained for...

Accident for Nicolas, points for Michael

Nicolas Lapierre spent Saturday night in hospital after he was the innocent victim of a first corner accident at Monaco. Nicolas complained of back pain after getting out of the car, and was detained for observation and tests. Initial reports suggest that he will have to miss the next race at Silverstone.

Meanwhile, Michael Ammermueller gave Arden some good news with a great drive to seventh place from 20th on the grid.

Having started 14th Nicolas could do nothing when Tristan Gommendy triggered a multi-car accident as the field headed into Ste Devote. He rode over the back of the car of Lucas di Grassi before landing, rear first, in the escape road. It's thought that the heavy landing caused Nicolas's problems.

Michael started 20th after a frustrating qualifying session. He did a great job to weave through the first corner chaos, and emerged in 11th place. He'd got up to eighth when he made his compulsory stop on lap 11, and went on to finish seventh. The next race is Arden's home event at Silverstone on June 10-11.

Nicolas Lapierre: 'I had a good start and I was looking to gain some places into Ste Devote, but I was hit from behind pretty hard and the car took off. It came down very heavily and to be honest I don't remember much after that. Crashing on your own is one thing but to be involved in someone else's accident is something you can't do anything about. The main thing is I recover as quickly as possible and get back into the championship.'

Michael Ammermueller: 'It wasn't too bad, and I didn't damage the car all weekend. At the first corner, I was on the inside, then I went to the outside and passed everybody. I don't know how many people I overtook, but it was quite a lot. After that it was difficult to overtake, and then in the last 15 laps my rear tyres were gone. We lost a little time in the pit stop, but we still made the points. I haven't raced at Silverstone before, but I've driven a road car there! It's a nice track.'

Christian Horner: 'It was a great shame for Nicolas, and we just hope that he will be fine and back in the car as soon as possible. From the grid position Michael was in, to get some points was a good result on his first visit to Monaco. If he had started further up I'm sure he would have scored some more points. It's now important that we don't lose too much ground on the leaders and come back strong at the next race. He was unlucky to get held up in qualifying, but I think he's learnt a lot this weekend, and it's been a good experience for him. Silverstone is a really important race for Arden. We won three times in F3000 and were second in GP2 last year.'

-arden-

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Tristan Gommendy , Nicolas Lapierre , Lucas di Grassi , Michael Ammermüller
Teams Arden International