Monte Carlo: Race report

Carroll takes glory on streets of Monte Carlo Adam Carroll has won this weekend's GP2 series race in Monaco from Gimmi Bruni and Nico Rosberg. The Super Nova International driver took the chequered flag just 0.6 seconds ahead of Coloni ...

Carroll takes glory on streets of Monte Carlo

Adam Carroll has won this weekend's GP2 series race in Monaco from Gimmi Bruni and Nico Rosberg. The Super Nova International driver took the chequered flag just 0.6 seconds ahead of Coloni Motorsport's Gimmi Bruni, with Nico Rosberg just 0.5 seconds behind the Italian in his ART Grand Prix car. Scott Speed came home fourth, with Heikki Kovalainen fifth, Mathias Lauda sixth, Can Artam seventh and Sergio Hernandez eighth. Kovalainen also bagged two extra points for fastest lap, an astounding 1:23.864, over half a second faster than his pole position lap.

Heikki Kovalainen maintains his lead at the top of the championship table on 28 points. Gimmi Bruni is in hot pursuit on 26, with Speed on 25 and Carroll on 23. Arden International still hold the lead of the teams' race on 32 points, shortly followed by Coloni Motorsport on 29, iSport International on 27 and Super Nova on 23.

1st Adam Carroll Super Nova International.1:04:41.326
"I can't complain about that one! To be the first GP2 series winner in Monaco means a lot, and I'm really happy. You don't realise until you get here just how tough this circuit actually is. The last ten laps were like genuine torture but the team did a great job today. Gimmi was quick but I thought I could get him. I pushed really hard even though I bent the steering after I kissed the wall at the swimming pool. I'm just really pleased with the whole weekend and can't wait for Nurburgring."

2nd Gimmi Bruni Coloni Motorsport. +0.657
"The win was there but we lost time in the pitstop unfortunately and I lost time on my in and out laps. When I came out I was five seconds behind Adam and for the final laps I was pushing very hard. I was catching him and just hoped he'd make a mistake but he didn't. I was faster than him but there wasn't room to pass. When Negrão spun in front of me it was bad. Adam passed him and I saw the car spinning back towards me. Luckily it was fine. Now I'm second in the championship so I'm very happy and looking forward to the next race."

3rd Nico Rosberg ART Grand Prix. +1.101
"Luckily we had quite a good start, but there was a lot of traffic so we took the decision to come in early and I had a good pitstop. We just didn't make any mistakes, I took it easy coming in, kept calm and it went ok. Then I had a gap and I pushed really hard to catch up to the leaders. I was caught up behind Scott who was much slower than me, but it's just impossible to pass here. When he came out of the pits behind me I looked up and saw my name in third on the board, I was like, `no way!' I could have tried to pass but it would have been stupid. I'm just happy to get my first podium."

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Scott Speed , Nico Rosberg , Heikki Kovalainen , Adam Carroll , Sergio Hernandez , Can Artam , Mathias Lauda
Teams ART Grand Prix , Arden International