It was yet another DAMS victory at Monaco, but this time it was Stephane Richelmi’s day of glory as he snatched his first GP2 Series win on home ground.
Richelmi had a cautious start but fended off Haryanto at turn 1 and kept the lead of the race, while the Indonesian was beaten to turn 2 by Sergio Canamasas. Felipe Nasr went straight at turn 5 and retired with suspected suspension damage, while Ellinas hit a slow Markelov and the pair had their races ruined.
Canamasas was quickest on the second lap and closed the gap to Richelmi to just a few tenths, and would have stayed there for the rest of the race. Trummer, Leal and Palmer then all set the fastest lap but made up no positions if not for the accidents occuring on track, like Marciello sending de Jong almost in the barriers at the hairpin and receiving a drive-through penalty for it. A driver who was on fire was Stefano Coletti, who made his way past other drivers to reach the top ten and set the fastest lap of the race for the extra points.
Haryanto improved his times but for a couple of laps only and fell back once more, leaving Richelmi with the pressure of Canamasas without himself pressuring the Spaniard in turn.
Then the safety car finally got its call as Markelov ran deep into S.te Devote and left debris on track after touching the barriers. Richelmi took advanatge of the restart to take a few tenths and put them between himself and Canamasas, while Cecotto tried desperately to overtake Haryanto before once more falling back with no tyres left. As the top three completed the remainign half-distance in the same order with no variations, Cecotto had a train of a dozen cars form up behind him, each one within half a second of the preceding one at a certain point. Coletti overtook Daly and aimed for the final points-scoring position but settled for 9th.
Richelmi had a great lap setting a 1:23.9 to Canamasas’ 1:25.0, while Haryanto was on a 1:24.3 and Cecotto slowed down the others with a 1:26.5. Pic tried to overtake Cecotto at Antony Noghes but couldn’t try again on the following lap after locking up at La Rascasse.
It was a race of many first-times: Richelmi took his maiden win and Canamasas his maiden podium, Haryanto took his first season podium and, along with Canamasas and Evans, scored twice in a race weekend, while Palmer failed to finish on the podium and Nasr failed to score points for the first time this year. Trident scored two top-five finishes in two days making this one of their better performances ever. Another came at Monaco in 2008 when, after finishing 8th and 7th in race 1, Mike Conway and Ho-Pin Tung finished 1st and 2nd in the sprint race; though the result this time isn’t as good, the combination brings more points.
|4||Johnny Cecotto Jr.||Trident||+25.3||8|
|6||Mitch Evans||Russian Time||+25.9||4|
|9||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||+28.4||0 + 2|
|10||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+28.7|
|12||Nathanael Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+30.1|
|19||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering||+34.3|
|22||Tio Ellinas||MP Motorsport||+1 lap|
|Ret||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||+18 laps|
|Ret||Takuya Izawa||ART||+19 laps|
|Ret||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||+28 laps|
|Ret||Felipe Nasr||Carlin||+30 laps|
|22||Tio Ellinas||MP Motorsport||1:22.807||22|
Fastest lap points
|9||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||1:23.331||9|
|1||Jolyon Palmer||United Kingdom||103|
|3||Johnny Cecotto Jr.||Venezuela||49|
|9||Mitch Evans||New Zealand||24|
|14||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||United Kingdom||10|