Monaco GP2: Stanaway wins Sprint Race for Status

Richie Stanaway won his maiden GP2 race at Monaco for series newcomer Status Grand Prix, which had only scored one point before this weekend.

Monaco GP2: Stanaway wins Sprint Race for Status
Richie Stanaway, Status Grand Prix
Richie Stanaway, Status Grand Prix
Nick Yelloly, Hilmer Motorsport
Sergio Canamasas, MP Motorsport
Alexander Rossi, Racing Engineering
Sergey Sirotkin, Rapax Team

From reversed-grid pole position, Raffaele Marciello made an abysmal start allowing Stanaway to lead. Marciello just held off Sergey Sirotkin, Julian Leal and Sergio Canamasas.

The virtual safety car was required after a collision at Loews, Rio Haryanto left in the wall after a very unwise three-abreast attempt at one of the tightest corners in the world, for which Norman Nato was given a 10s penalty.

Moments before, Amberg lost his front wing on the run up the hill to Massenet after he was pushed sideways by Johnny Cecotto Jr into the barrier.

The race went green on lap two, Stanaway pulling away from Marciello, Sirotkin, Leal, Canamasas, Pic, Rossi (who crashed into the back of Pic at the first corner) and yesterday’s winner Vandoorne.

Canamasas pulled another superb overtaking move at Ste Devote on Leal for fourth place, just as he had managed the day before on Pic. Beyond that, the race order at the front remained static throughout.

Stanaway outpaced his pursuers with ease, winning by 2s, with Sirotkin staying close to Marciello but never quite close enough to try a move.

The only worrying moment for Stanaway came at the very last corner, when he lit up the rear tyres and slid perilously close to the wall in celebration.

Behind them, there was one battle – for fastest lap. This was won by Vandoorne, who once again outscored Rossi, despite finishing behind him.

The big incident of the race was Jordan King going over the back of Pierre Gasly at the Nouvelle Chicane. King had complained that Gasly straightlined the chicane on the previous lap, but the second moment between them put King out of the race.

“I’m a bit winded,” admitted King when asked if he was OK.

Race results:

Pos  Driver  Team  Time/Gap
1 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 42'45.918
2 Raffaele Marciello Trident 2.038
3 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 3.207
4 Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 5.698
5 Julian Leal Carlin 13.479
6 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 20.637
7 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 22.119
8 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 23.103
9 Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 33.361
10 Pierre Gasly DAMS 45.367
11 Alex Lynn DAMS 46.007
12 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 47.018
13 Robert Visoiu Rapax 47.331
14 Artem Markelov Russian Time 47.697
15 Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 50.015
16 Rene Binder Trident 58.315
17 Andre Negrao Arden International 58.464
18 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 59.823
19 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1'00.570
20 Marco Sorensen Carlin 1'08.579
21 Norman Nato Arden International 1'10.989
Ret Jordan King Racing Engineering -
Ret Rio Haryanto Campos Racing -
Ret Johnny Cecotto Jr. Hilmer Motorsport -
Ret Zoel Amberg Lazarus -
DNS Mitch Evans Russian Time -
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