ART Grand Prix leaves Monaco having both cars finishing in the points on the most prestigious circuit on the calendar, moving them up to second place in the teams classification with a total of twenty three points after three rounds. Taking into...
ART Grand Prix leaves Monaco having both cars finishing in the points on the most prestigious circuit on the calendar, moving them up to second place in the teams classification with a total of twenty three points after three rounds. Taking into consideration their performance during free practice and qualifying however, ART Grand Prix had hoped to leave the Principality after cementing their performance level with a better result.
Lucas di Grassi was in line for a podium position at the beginning of the single race contested here this weekend, gaining a position off the start and passing his teammate, however he lost time heading for his pitstop due to Lapierre's crash at La Rascasse. Returning to the track in fifth place, he crossed the line in the same position. Meanwhile, not having been able to learn about standing starts during free practice, teammate for this race, Sebastien Buemi, was surprised by his clutch at the start and at his pit stop, but was still able to contest a very remarkable first weekend in the GP2 Series with a points finish.
Sebastien Buemi: "The beginning of the weekend went very well, but its conclusion left me hungry for more as I really wanted to be able to do much better than this 7th place. However, it is necessary to be realistic; to beat everyone in just my first appearance in the GP2 Series would have been utopian! I arrived here on Wednesday at 11 pm and worked on my driving seat the following morning at 6am. The team was fantastic and did everything they could to help me undertake the free practice sessions under ideal conditions, by explaining what I had to do and how to do so in order to acclimatize to the car and the way of doing things. I could immediately be competitive and I was very happy with my performances in free practice. In qualifying, I think that 2nd was possible without coming across all the traffic on my fastest lap. I had a little problem with the clutch at the beginning of the race, I was too nice with it! On the first turn Lucas was beside me, Filippi was also there, and I could not get ahead. My personal errors cost us time, in particular during the pit stop, and without them we would not have lost places at start as well as at the time of the pit stop. That being said, I succeeded in passing several drivers on the track and finished in 7th place. It is a little frustrating compared to how things went at the beginning of the weekend, but overall it was rather a positive first race in GP2."
Lucas Di Grassi: "Fifth place in qualifying was a little frustrating after being first in free practice but I made a good start, I was able to avoid Zuber, who had stalled and I found myself third at the first turn. The podium then became possible, but Pantano was slow at the start of the race. I wasted time getting into the pits, because of the Lapierre's accident, and this made me fall back to 5th place. I am 3rd in the championship, but the next race is the team's home event and we will work hard to ensure that things go a lot better in Magny-Cours."
Frederic Vasseur: "We cannot be satisfied with 5th and 7th places at the chequered flag when we were fastest under free practice. It is very regrettable that there was this shift between the two performances and it is necessary to secure higher positions on the starting grid to avoid falling into traps during the race. Sebastien went exceptionally well in his first race in GP2, he worked well with us and asserted a challenge that can be very difficult to do in Monaco. Lucas is 3rd in the championship but Timo Glock is opening up quite a gap now and it will be necessary to do better at the next round in Magny-Cours."
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