Formula 1
31 Jul
-
02 Aug
Event finished
R
70th Anniversary GP
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
FP1 in
3 days
MotoGP
24 Jul
-
26 Jul
Event finished
R
Czech GP
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
FP1 in
3 days
Formula E
R
Berlin ePrix I
05 Aug
-
05 Aug
FP1 in
1 day
R
Berlin ePrix II
06 Aug
-
06 Aug
FP1 in
2 days
NASCAR Cup
02 Aug
-
02 Aug
Event finished
R
Michigan
08 Aug
-
09 Aug
Race 1 in
5 days
IndyCar
16 Jul
-
18 Jul
Event finished
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
17 days
WEC
13 Aug
-
15 Aug
FP1 in
10 days
R
Bahrain
19 Nov
-
21 Nov
Next event in
107 days
Supercars
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Event finished
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
3 days

Pau GP winner Monger had bent steering after wall hit

shares
comments
Pau GP winner Monger had bent steering after wall hit
By:
May 20, 2019, 3:38 PM

Billy Monger thought his "race was over" shortly before he took the lead of the Pau Grand Prix after bending the steering of his Euroformula Open car on a barrier.

Having switched to wet tyres at the end of the formation lap against the advice of his Carlin engineer, Monger climbed through the order and was in third place when his crash occurred.

Moments later the leading Motopark cars collided, causing a safety car period and handing Monger a lead that he would turn into a historic victory.

"I made contact with the wall at Turn 3, and I genuinely thought that was my race over," Monger told Motorsport.com.

"The front-right hit the barrier. It brushed the wall the whole way round, and then I had bent steering after that.

"When the safety car came out I was a bit worried. I thought: oh no, we’re in a bit of trouble here, because I wasn’t able to perform at 100%."

Monger hard a sizeable gap to the drivers on a similar strategy, including Carlin teammate Nicolai Kjaergaard, but the safety car eradicated that margin.

Yet despite the damage to his car, Monger pulled away once racing resumed to take his first single-seater triumph and the first win of his racing return since having his lower legs amputated as a result of a British Formula 4 crash in 2017.

"I was leaving a bit on the table because [less room for error], especially over Monument [the Turn 7/8 chicane].

"I wasn’t taking the kerbs because I thought: if I’ve got a bit of damage, and I hit the front too hard - Monument’s known for breaking suspension when it’s fine, let alone when you’ve had a knock already."

Race winner Billy Monger, Carlin

Race winner Billy Monger, Carlin

Photo by: Euroformula Open

Billy Monger wins Pau GP with amazing last-to-first charge

Previous article

Billy Monger wins Pau GP with amazing last-to-first charge

Next article

New EF Open car designed with ‘traditional’ F3 in mind

New EF Open car designed with ‘traditional’ F3 in mind
Load comments

About this article

Series Euroformula Open
Drivers Billy Monger
Teams Carlin
Author Elliot Wood