MW ARDEN ENDS INAUGURAL GP3 SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE The team's points haul might have been limited, but MW Arden nonetheless finished its GP3 Series campaign on a positive note at Monza. Miki Monras put in a solid drive to move up from 11th to...
MW ARDEN ENDS INAUGURAL GP3 SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE
The team's points haul might have been limited, but MW Arden nonetheless finished its GP3 Series campaign on a positive note at Monza. Miki Monras put in a solid drive to move up from 11th to sixth, a position he held to the flag, and Michael Christensen made similarly positive progress from midfield to finish 10th. Meanwhile, their team-mate Leonardo Cordeiro put in one of the season's finest drives...
Condemned to 28th on the grid, following an accident early in yesterday's race, the Brazilian scythed through the field and was up to 15th by the opening lap's end. His progress continued unchecked -- and during the middle stages of the race a searing series of ultra-quick laps confirmed he was fastest man on the track at that point. He eventually caught team-mate Monras, but the Spaniard proved harder to pass than most and Cordeiro then lost a couple of positions after rival Daniel Morad forced him wide at the second chicane. He swiftly recaptured one of those, however, to take eighth place at the end of a spirited recovery.
"Starting 11th, my goal was always to score points so I'm satisfied with the result. I made a good start, but then lost time trying to pass [Daniel] Morad, who didn't make life easy. By that stage Leo had joined the battle and we tried to make sure we didn't compromise each other. I finally managed to make a break, however, but by then the leading pack was too far ahead. All the same, I'm pleased with my lap times and it was a good way to end the season."
"I was quick yesterday, even if my accident concealed as much, but I think we saw the true picture today. I made a really good start, passed several cars before the first chicane and for the rest of the lap I was a bit lucky, because I always seemed to be in the right place at the right time as several of my rivals went flying off the circuit.
"After that I tried to use my common sense -- you really have to think about your track positioning at Monza, to make sure you are in the best place to pick up a tow, and I passed so many cars that I guess I must have judged things correctly. I'm really pleased with the way I drove and, if I'd started at the front, I could have challenged for a podium. It's a brilliant way to finish the season and I know I can come back in 2011 to challenge for wins."
"I almost stalled at the start, but managed to catch the clutch and get away. That cost me a few positions, but I soon recovered them. The car was quite good in terms of speed over a lap, but I wasn't so quick on the straights and it was difficult to pick up a usable tow. I pushed really hard, though, and made a few errors in the process. That compromised the final result, but I couldn't have expected much more after starting 15th."