PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing secured a front row start for race 1 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Monte Carlo. Lining-up for an early start on Thursday, due to the unique timetable of the Monaco GP, the Dutchman fought hard for pole after leading practice by a considerable margin. Despite topping his group in qualifying (the field was split in two to reduce traffic), De Vries ended up just 10 thousands of a second short of pole.
On the other hand, Indonesian Sean Gelael experienced a challenging day at the glamorous city venue, as he struggled in qualifying and ended up with the eighth fastest lap time of his group. As a consequence, he will start tomorrow’s Feature Race from 16th.
Sean Gelael, #3
Qualifying Group A: P8 Fastest lap: 1:22.654
“It’s been a bit of a confusing session. We lost a lot of time in the second sector, most of the gap we had in the end was in that part of the circuit. Let’s get back to the drawing board: once again, qualifying brought some issues for me. In Monaco it is always hard to overtake but, as we always say, you never know what will happen.”
Nyck De Vries, #4
Qualifying Group B: P1 Fastest lap: 1:21.737
“I’m very disappointed that I didn’t take pole today. I had a bit of a messy session, I was out of sequence and found traffic in my first push. Then, in my second lap, I made a mistake in the second-to-last corner that cost us quite a lot: otherwise, the lap would have been easily good enough for pole. We are starting from the front row so we have good chances for a win… but I am still quite disappointed about today.”