Lotus News Article

GP3 - Monaco Race Report

Monday, May 28, 2012 - 14:45
Lotus claimed an impressive double podium finish in the Principality, scoring a total of 49 points to extend its lead at the top of the teams’ championship.
GP3 Monaco 2012-30Finland’s Aaro Vainio was the star on Friday when he was untouched in the fight for pole position, before driving an error-free race later in the afternoon to claim his maiden GP3 victory and further extend his lead in the drivers’ championship.

In Saturday’s Race 2, Daniel Abt scored his first GP3 podium after maintaining his reverse-grid third place off the line until the end of the race. The race was ended prematurely by race control following a frightening accident for team-mate Conor Daly in the third Lotus, in which he went airbourne off the back of Marussia Manor Racing’s Dmitry Suranovich. The 20-year-old emerged unscathed from the accident and Suranovich was subsequently excluded from the classification for dangerous driving. Vainio kept his points tally ticking over by scoring a further two points in seventh place.

After two race weekends from eight, Vainio leads the championship on 54 points ahead of Arden’s Mitch Evans on 43. Daly lies fifth on 23 points, while Abt is seventh on 22 points. Lotus leads the teams’ championship on 99 points to Arden’s 83.

Aaro Vainio: “It’s just amazing! It’s actually the first ever win for me in my single-seater career and in Monaco as well it’s just a great feeling.  The car was amazing all race we had made a great start. I managed the gap well in the first five laps and I really enjoyed the last 5 laps as me and Kevin Ceccon were having a battle to see who could take the fastest lap by improving our lap times each time around but he just grabbed it in the end. To achieve the pole and the win here is just really good.”

Daniel Abt: “Race 2 wasn’t that long with the race being stopped! It was all about the start, I think my start was good but just not good enough to pass anyone. I kept third and the guys in front were a little bit quicker than me. I just had to stay focused and I am quite happy to get my first podium in GP3, especially in Monaco. It’s a very nice place to get my first rostrum. My aim is still to be finishing higher than this for future races.”