MONRAS SECURES MW ARDEN'S FIRST PODIUM FINISH Miki Monras maintained his strong run of form with a stylish drive to second place in this morning's GP3 Series race at Istanbul Park, Turkey. After 15 laps he finished just 2.2s behind winner Rio ...
MONRAS SECURES MW ARDEN'S FIRST PODIUM FINISH
Miki Monras maintained his strong run of form with a stylish drive to second place in this morning's GP3 Series race at Istanbul Park, Turkey. After 15 laps he finished just 2.2s behind winner Rio Haryanto, a result that gave the newly formed MW Arden team its maiden podium finish.
Monras started from the front row of the grid, after his seventh place yesterday, and made a clean start to follow Haryanto through Turn One. He put pressure on the leader throughout the first part of the race, but there was no way through and he eventually had to settle for second -- his third points finish of the campaign.
Team-mate Michael Christensen made a bright start from 13th and swiftly moved up to 10th, but he was unable to make further progress and eventually slipped to 11th. Leonardo Cordeiro's hopes of a strong result were dashed on the second lap, when he was hit by another driver. The ensuing damage left him to wrestle an ill-handling car for the balance of the race, but he finished 24th to give the team a 100 per cent finishing record for the weekend.
"I think my only chance of victory was to make a better start than Rio. It was probably my best of the season, but his was good, too, and we went into Turn One together. It was difficult to pass, though, because he had the inside line. I tried to stay with him for the first five laps, but despite my pressure he maintained a good pace.
"During the final few laps I decided to consolidate. It was important to be quick and consistent, with no mistakes, to make sure I finished second. I'm delighted to have made the podium -- a result like this looked a long way off on Friday, but the team has done a great job and I hope I've played my part."
"That was a difficult race for me. The first lap went well, but then I made a mistake and lost three places. From that point on I struggled to get back up to speed. I had a slight disadvantage, in that I damaged one of my tyres in qualifying and had to use a mixed set. I think that might have had an adverse effect."
"I made a really good start and then passed several cars during the first lap. It was amazing and I had high hopes that I'd be able to hold my position, behind Esteban Gutierrez and Michael Christensen. On lap two a Carlin driver dived inside me at Turn 12, so I left a bit of room, but then one of his team-mates tried to come through, too. I didn't see him and we made contact, which caused me to spin. After that I had to do the best I could with a damaged front wing. I was behind Robert Wickens, but there weren't any passing opportunities.
"I'm encouraged, though, because my lap times were better than yesterday's -- even with my broken wing -- so I believe a place in the top 10 might have been possible. I knew it would be almost impossible to score points today, but I have learned a lot throughout the weekend and believe I have made significant progress since Barcelona. If we continue like this, I am confident that I'll be able to break into the top 10 next time out, in Valencia. I'm really looking forward to it."