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.

Cecotto MonacoTwo years back he won the feature race driving for Barwa Addax team and last year put his Arden on pole. Although his track record in Monaco isn’t as glamorous as Monte Carlo itself.

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:
 Group B:
 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. 


Images via GP2 Media

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