Jolyon Palmer scored a perfect result in Monaco dominating the race from pole and setting the fastest lap.
A “mental race”, Evans defined it; and I’d dare say he is right: three safety car periods and a red flag: it couldn’t have really been crazier.
Evans himself beat Palmer off the line and took the lead, but the gap he built was nullified as Regalia stopped on track and Bernd Maylander was called to intervene for the first time. Palmer later overtook Evans on track at S.te Devote. His DAMS team mate followed the New Zealander and the pair led a train of cars when, on lap 12, the two Ardens collided, sending Negrao into a spin which caught out Markelov as well. The race was red flagged, and resumed later under the safety car.
Another safety car period followed when Leal tried to pass Marciello at Nouvelle Chicane and ended up in the barriers. As the race leaders pitted, Vandoorne rose to P1, and Trummer to P3.
Fifteen laps from the end, Coletti used his experience of his home track to overtake Canamasas, Nasr and Evans; unfortunately he collided with Trummer at La Rascasse and both drivers had to retire. Palmer inherited the lead backf rom Vandoorne as the Belgian pitted, and though nasr caught up with Evans he couldn’t get through. It is the second win on Monte Carlo for the current championship leader, who won here in 2012. The two Trident drivers finished 4th and 5th preceding the consistent Pic, Haryanto and Richelmi, who will get to start from pole once more on home soil, hoping this time to convert that into a race win, which would be his first.
|1||Jolyon Palmer||DAMS||25 + 4 + 2|
|2||Mitch Evans||Russian Time||+0.4||18|
|4||Johnny Cecotto Jr.||Trident||+2.1||12|
|10||Tio Ellinas||MP Motorsport||+10.1||1|
|11||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||+10.6|
|12||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering||+11.7|
|13||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+12.2|
|17||Nathanael Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+56.1|
|Ret||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||+5 laps|
|Ret||René Binder||Arden||+5 laps|
|Ret||Simon Trummer||Rapax||+9 laps|
|Ret||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||+9 laps|
|Ret||Takuya Izawa||ART||+9 laps|
|Ret||Julian Leal||Carlin||+16 laps|
|Ret||André Negrao||Arden||+29 laps|
|Ret||Daniel Abt||Hilmer||+31 laps|
|Ret||Facu Regalia||Hilmer||+40 laps|
Fastest lap points
|1||Jolyon Palmer||United Kingdom||101|
|4||Johnny Cecotto Jr.||Venezuela||41|
|7||Mitch Evans||New Zealand||20|
|14||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||United Kingdom||9|