Palmer scores hat-trick in Monaco

Jolyon Palmer, Monaco 2014
Palmer now leads the championship on 101 points

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.

Race Results

Pos Driver Team Gap Points
1 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 25 + 4 + 2
2 Mitch Evans Russian Time +0.4 18
3 Felipe Nasr Carlin +0.6 15
4 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Trident +2.1 12
5 Sergio Canamasas Trident +2.8 10
6 Arthur Pic Campos +6.1 8
7 Rio Haryanto Caterham +8.7 6
8 Stephane Richelmi DAMS +9.5 4
9 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax +9.7 2
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
14 Stoffel Vandoorne ART +12.7
15 Kimiya Sato Campos +26.7
16 Alexander Rossi Caterham +29.1
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

Pos Driver Team Best Lap
1 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:23.008 19

Fastest lap points

Pos Driver Team Best Lap
1 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:23.008 19

Standings

Drivers’ Standings

Pos Driver Country Points
1 Jolyon Palmer United Kingdom 101
2 Felipe Nasr Brazil 57
3 Julian Leal Colombia 48
4 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Venezuela 41
5 Arthur Pic France 34
6 Stoffel Vandoorne Belgium 25
7 Mitch Evans New Zealand 20
8 Simon Trummer Switzerland 18
9 Stephane Richelmi Monaco 17
10 Rio Haryanto Indonesia 16
11 Tom Dillmann France 14
12 Stefano Coletti Monaco 13
13 Sergio Canamasas Spain 10
14 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom 9
15 Takuya Izawa Japan 8
16 Tio Ellinas Cyprus 7
17 René Binder Austria 3

Teams’ Standings

Pos Team Country Points
1 DAMS France 118
2 Carlin United Kingdom 105
3 Trident Italy 51
4 Campos Spain 34
5 ART France 33
6 Rapax Italy 27
7 Russian Time Russia 20
8 Arden United Kingdom 17
9 Caterham Malaysia 16
10 Racing Engineering Spain 13
11 MP Motorsport Netherlands 7
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