Fifth for di Grassi in Monaco Lucas di Grassi scored a fifth place finish in Saturday's GP2 race at Monaco, although the result was tinged with frustration for the Renault Driver Development squad member, who felt he should have been on ...
Fifth for di Grassi in Monaco
Lucas di Grassi scored a fifth place finish in Saturday's GP2 race at Monaco, although the result was tinged with frustration for the Renault Driver Development squad member, who felt he should have been on the podium.
Lucas qualified the ART entry in fifth place, but gained a spot at the start when one of the cars ahead failed to get away cleanly. He then passed temporary team mate Sebastien Buemi on the run to the first corner to gain third.
While race leader Pastor Maldonado pulled away in front Lucas found himself stuck behind Giorgio Pantano, despite having a potentially quicker car. Unfortunately that proved to be expensive for Lucas, as some of the drivers who chose to make early compulsory pit stops found clean air and were able to gain time on him.
Lucas finally came in on lap 18. Having lost a little time on his in-lap because some marshals were running across the track, he emerged from the pits to find that Timo Glock and Lucas Filippi had leapfrogged him, and pushed him down to fifth. Despite a couple of safety car periods closing up the field he was unable to regain the places he had lost.
He is now joint third in the points standings with Bruno Senna on 18 points, although the Brazilian has won a race and is thus technically ahead.
There is no Sunday sprint race in Monaco, and there is now a gap of several weeks until the next race at Magny-Cours.
'I was quickest in free practice, but qualifying here is always a big mess,' said Lucas. 'Still, fifth was OK. I was up to third in the first corner, and it looked really good. I felt I was at least half a second quicker than Pantano, who was ahead. We were really fast. I don't really understand how I ended up fifth again after the pit stop, but I think we maybe should have stopped at the same time as the others.
'I'm third in the championship, but there's a big gap now until Magny-Cours. We have a test coming up, and we have to work hard and try to put everything together. It's the home race for the team so I hope we can do a good job there for them.'