Monte-Carlo, Monaco

After showing incredible pace in qualifying, Charles Leclerc took pole position ahead of Race 1. His sensational performance on the Thursday continued into the Monegasque’s home race as he managed to create an impressive 6.8s gap to P2 in the early stages of the race. Unfortunately after two safety cars and a clean pit stop, Leclerc was forced to retire from the race due to a damaged car.
 
Fellow Ferrari Academy Driver Antonio Fuoco struggled through qualifying but grasped P13. A technical issue then forced Fuoco to start from the pit lane; he ended Race 1 in P11, just shy of a points finish.
 
The Prema Theodore Racing team arrived to the circuit in good spirits ahead of Race 2 after a disappointing first race.
 
Both cars had a good start with Fuoco gaining position to take P10. Leclerc made good progress overtaking a number of cars in the opening laps, but following contact was given a 10s penalty before retiring with car damage.
 
Leclerc still leads the Drivers’ Championship with Fuoco P13. The team hopes for a positive weekend at the next round in Baku on the 23-26 June where it achieved a stunning double win in 2016.
 
# 1 – Charles Leclerc
“We have to try and extract the positives out of a weekend that had lots of negatives. I think the pace was amazing from the start to the end. In race 1 we have been extremely unlucky for the safety car that made me lose the lead of the race before facing a mechanical problem. Then we didn’t expect anything from the second race and there were no miracles. It has been a very hard race, we were quite fast at the beginning then I touched with another car and bent the front left wishbone. We continued but after six laps that tire was degrading so much and I was all over the place. It hasn’t been great in terms of points yet Monaco turned out to be really really good for the performance. We are still leading the championship despite a weekend with no points. There are a lot of positives we can count on for the rest of the season and we will keep working to remain in front.”

# 2 – Antonio Fuoco
“This weekend has been a pretty difficult one. Lining-up here after Barcelona, where I got a double zero in terms of points, it was difficult from a mental point of view. However, we managed to complete the whole run without making mistakes and I also brought home some valuable experience on a street circuit. Now we can focus on Baku which is similar to Monaco but not the same and I’m sure that, working hard, we will be back where we belong.”

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