Saturday 26th May, 2018
PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing experienced a tough day at Monte Carlo. As the FIA Formula 2 Championship completed its running at the outstanding street venue, the team brought home a ninth place with Nyck De Vries as its best result of the day in race 2. The 23-year-old Dutchman, who was squeezed into the pit entrance guard rail yesterday, was called to the nearly impossible task of recovering from the back. After stalling at the start, he eventually ended up P9 in a race hit by plenty of safety car situations.
After bringing home an amazing second place yesterday, scoring his first podium finish in the series, Indonesian racer Sean Gelael crashed heavily at the Swimming Pool complex and retired. He was checked and released by the track’s medical staff.
Sean Gelael, #3
Qualifying – Group A: P8 Fastest lap: 1:22.654
Race 1: P2 Fastest lap: 1:24.003
Race 2: DNF Fastest lap: 1:26.322
“I’m ok, just bits and bruises. We’ll always bounce back. We haven’t completely seen what happened. I got snap oversteer on entry, I caught it but then there was no room to go anywhere. No time to brake and the sausage kerb just flew me off into a heavy impact. Sorry for the guys who will have to work extra shifts, but we will be back like we always do and we can’t let yesterday’s result go down because of this.”
Nyck De Vries, #4
Qualifying – Group B: P2 Fastest lap: 1:21.737
Race 1: DNF Fastest lap: 1:24.886
Race 2: P9 Fastest lap: 1:23.464
“This is the story of our Monaco 2018. Once again, we were the fastest but we came home with very little points. I stalled at the start, and it was obviously my mistake, but we had a mega pace and quickly caught up with the field. I tried to lift a bit so I could set the fastest lap of the race, but often the gap wasn’t big enough and I kept catching the tail of the pack. I stayed on-track, avoiding silly moves or possible penalties, and we eventually finished P9. The positives are that we didn’t crash or get any penalty for the coming race, and we were extremely quick.”