Monaco: Racing Engineering race report

That's the way it is Monaco is the race everyone wants to win: it's the one that even non- race fans have heard about and watch. Unfortunately today's race in Monaco lasted exactly three corners for Racing Engineering after both drivers were...

That's the way it is Monaco is the race everyone wants to win: it's the one that even non- race fans have heard about and watch. Unfortunately today's race in Monaco lasted exactly three corners for Racing Engineering after both drivers were taken out of the race for reasons not of their own making.

There is often mayhem at the start on the tight streets of the Principality, and this afternoon's race was no exception: with cars flying all over the front straight after the lights went out Javier Villa was hit from behind, and the resultant damage to his car put him out on the spot. Teammate Adam Carroll didn't last much longer: a loss of drive out of St. Devote meant he could do little other than crawl up the hill and retire at Casino Square.

The only race the team was going to win today was that to get out of the paddock first, and both drivers were back with the team before the first pitstops came in a race that was won today by Lewis Hamilton.

Team principal Alfonso de Orleans was phlegmatic afterwards, stating: It's a real pity for Javi, as he was doing really well but got hit from behind by Lopez: it wasn't his fault but they were both caught up in the muddle at St. Devote, as they say. As for Adam we don't know what happened yet, but there seemed to be a loss of oil pressure: when he was on the grid it was fine but in the race it just seized up, so what we're going to do is work hard and change everything to have it ready for Silverstone. As usual it was great work by all the guys, and there were no other problems to talk about, so we just have to grit our teeth and bear it. Everyone knows that, in Monaco, these things happen sometimes, and if both of our cars are going to go out, I guess I'd rather it happen in the first lap: at least then I can sit back and watch the race!"

Adam Carroll was philosophical about his shortened race, noting: I just stopped, basically. I'm not really too sure what happened: I got a pretty good start but I just couldn't go anywhere, and then I tried to cut back out of turn one and get a good drive up the hill, but when I got on the power it wouldn't go. I got passed by a few guys and then it went again and I thought maybe we're going to be okay, but when I got to Casino my foot was flat but it just wasn't going anywhere. I think it's something that shut off, and it's a shame because I think we would have had a good race today: the car was really quick. Oh well: on to the next one!"

Javier Villa shared his teammate's outlook on the race, stating: It's a bit of a shame because I was happy to start from thirteenth, and having seen all the accidents, and that only eight cars finished, I certainly would have got into the points today, and it would have been a great race. There were a lot of problems at the start, and obviously I got caught up in it, and that was it. Apart from that I think the team have done a great job, and I felt comfortable with the car: if we keep up like this I expect to be competing well very soon."

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Adam Carroll , Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering