Round three of the GP2 championship takes us to the glamorous Monte Carlo in Monaco, a circuit which never fails to deliver on excitement.
After finding some form in the previous round in Spain, Johnny Cecotto Jr. is looking quite good for another finish on the podium, as previous years would suggest.
After setting the fastest lap in qualifying and earning himself pole position, Cecotto made a poor getaway and jumped on the brakes extremely late heading into the first corner in an attempt to fend off his team-mate Mitch Evans.
The result was Cecotto sliding off into the barriers at Sainte Devote and causing a chain reaction for the rest of the field, collecting 15 cars in the process and bringing out the red flag. Cecotto was sent home as punishment for the accident.
This season he’s with another new team and coming off a race win, so expect him to be in contention along with the likes of Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr.
Palmer currently leads the championship with 70 points, with Leal in second on 48 points and Nasr third on 42.
The only driver change of the weekend will see Andre Negrão jump back behind the wheel of his Arden. He was declared fit to drive after suffering a back injury which saw him miss round 2 in Spain.
Just like Formula One, the GP2 cars will run the super soft and soft compound tyres around Monaco’s twisting corners. Given that the circuit is so narrow, strategy will play an important role come the feature race on Friday and gain track position through the pit stops.
The qualifying format is different in Monaco than other races, where the field is split into two groups; Group A will carry the drivers with even numbers while group B will have the drivers with odd numbers. Group A will take to the track for the first 16 minutes of qualifying, while group B will follow for the remaining 16 minutes.
| Group A:
|02 Artem Markelov||01 Mitch Evans|
|04 Julian Leal||03 Felipe Nasr|
|06 Stefano Coletti||05 Raffaele Marciello|
|08 Stéphane Richelmi||07 Jolyon Palmer|
|10 Stoffel Vandoorne||09 Takuya Izawa|
|12 Facu Regalia||11 Daniel Abt|
|14 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||15 Simon Trummer|
|16 Rene Binder||17 Andre Negrão|
|18 Rio Haryanto||19 Alexander Rossi|
|20 Daniel De Jong||21 Tio Ellinas|
|22 Sergio Canamasas||23 Johnny Cecotto Jr|
|24 Nathanael Berthon||25 Conor Daly|
|26 Arthur Pic||27 Kimiya Sato|
The feature race will consist of 42 laps while the sprint will hold 30 laps.
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