Richie Stanaway took Status to the top step of the podium in Monaco with a mature drive.
Drama hit Russian Time before the race started, as Mitch Evans had problems on his car on his way to the grid and had to sit out of the race for a second event in a row. Carlin men then worked on Sorensen’s car beyond the fifteen second warning before the formation lap and the Dane was handed a ten second stop & go penalty.
At the start Marciello lost the lead to Stanaway, with Sirotkin taking third ahead of Leal. At Beau Rivage Cecotto and Amberg made contact and the latter had to retired, and a few metres later at the Grand Hotel Hairpin Haryanto was squeezed between Nato and Binder and hit the barriers, ending his day. After a brief virtual Safety Car period Stanaway extended his lead lap by lap, while behind him Canamasas was the only driver who had the courage to try and overtake someone, in this case the slow Leal. He made it at Sainte Devote on lap 7, and that pretty much ended the action in the top ten. Rossi and Vandoorne dropped back to get some space and try to take the fastest lap and with it the two extra points, while settling for 7th and 8th respectively.
Markelov was putting pressure on Binder and that battle was the camera’s focus for some laps, but the Russian couldn’t find a way past for the moment. Then we heard King lamenting Gasly’s defensive driving by shouting “come on, you can’t do that!” on his radio, and a lap later he flew over the DAMS car at Nouvelle Chicane, safely landing in the escape road and retiring without injuries.
Markelov got ahead of Binder unseen by the cameras, and Stanaway gave us a last thrill at Anthony Noghes when he skidded onto the outside kerb before he could celebrate a well-deserved maiden win for him and his team, a combination which was successful in GP3 last year. Sergey Sirotkin celebrated his first podium behind the saddest man of the day, Raffaele Marciello.
|1||Richie Stanaway||Status||30 laps||15|
|4||Sergio Canamasas||MP Motorsport||+5.698||8|
|7||Alexander Rossi||Racing Engineering||+22.119||2|
|8||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART||+23.103||1 + 2|
|12||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||+47.018|
|14||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||+47.697|
|Ret||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||+6 lap|
|Ret||Rio Haryanto||Campos||+30 laps|
|Ret||Johnny Cecotto Jr.||Hilmer||+30 laps|
|Ret||Zoel Amberg||Lazarus||+30 laps|
|DNS||Mitch Evans||Russian Time|
Fastest lap points
|2||Alexander Rossi||United States||70|
|4||Mitch Evans||New Zealand||28|
|5||Alex Lynn||United Kingdom||25|
|9||Richie Stanaway||New Zealand||22|
|14||Jordan King||United Kingdom||14|
|20||Nick Yelloly||United Kingdom||3|
|21||Daniel de Jong||Netherlands||0|
|26||Johnny Cecotto Jr.||Venezuela||0|