27 May Vandoorne maintains second in championship
26th May, Monaco – The Formula Renault 3.5 round at Monaco saw the series take centre stage as the curtain raiser for the 71st Formula One Grand Prix. With many famous faces in attendance Oliver Webb and Stoffel Vandoorne were out to impress on the Formula One stage. For Webb a solid qualifying result of sixth in group saw the young driver maintain his position throughout to cross the line in eleventh. Vandoorne qualified third in group (later receiving a five place grid penalty) and with little chance of overtaking finished ninth – keeping his second place in the overall standings.
With overtaking notoriously difficult around the Monaco street circuit the start was even more crucial for Webb and Vandoorne. Both drivers made a good get-away with Vandoorne gaining a place to sit in ninth.
The race order did not change again until the fourteenth lap, when Carlos Sainz Jnr (Arden Caterham) misjudged his breaking falling down the order. Christopher Zanella then retired after crashing out but without the need for a safety car. Staying out of trouble and maintaining their focus Vandoorne and Webb stayed on track crossing the line in ninth and eleventh respectively.
“I had a great qualifying session, sixth in group and only four tenths off pole! It’s really close racing here starting on the fifth row is hard as it meant I finished where I started. It really is an amazing feeling racing around these streets though, nothing compares. I am looking forward to Spa, I got a double pole there in the F3 so I hope to do the same.” Said Webb.
“I had a good start and gained a place but over taking is impossible on the Monaco circuit. I’m just concentrating on preparing for Spa now and will be doing everything I can do gain more points,” commented Vandoorne.