Speedy Sainz Jr Dominates Monza Race Two


Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr led the second Monza Formula Renault 3.5 series race from start to finish to make up for the disappointment of stalling on the dummy grid in race one. The DAMS driver won by a commanding 10.835s from Lotus driver Marlon Stockinger, while Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin finished third for Fortec Motorsport.

Sainz made a perfect start from pole position and led the field comfortably into the first corner, while Stockinger held onto second despite a sluggish getaway. Sirotkin made a good start to move from sixth to slip into third place.

International Draco Racing’s Luca Ghiotto also made a good start which enabled him to take fourth at the end, keeping Arden Motorsport’s Pierre Gasly behind him for the duration of the race; the second Red Bull junior driver finishing fifth. Nikolay Martsenko drove a good race for Comtec Racing to finish sixth, passing Jazeman Jaafar’s ISR entry a few laps from the end.

Brazilian Pietro Fantin finished eighth in the second of the International Draco Racing cars, while yesterdays second placed finisher Roberto Merhi claimed ninth for Zeta Corse.

For the second day running, we saw a driver stall on the dummy grid; yesterday it was Sainz and Lotus’ Matthieu Vaxiviere, but today it was Briton Oliver Rowland in the second Fortec car. The Racing Steps Foundation supported driver fought back from his pitlane start to finish tenth, right on Merhi’s tail.

Race one winner Will Stevens failed to see the chequered flag after an incident with Arden Motorsport’s Will Buller at the first chicane; Stevens’ right rear wheel clipped the front left of Buller’s car and ended up stuck in the gravel trap. Buller’s front wing was damaged and despite trying to stay on track to gain some points, he eventually had to retire.

But today was Sainz’s day, and the likes of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat in the Toro Rosso Formula 1 team will have to take notice of this display. The Spaniard is heading to F1, and with DAMS he has a good chance of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship.

Monza Race 2 Race Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Carlos Sainz Jr ESP DAMS  43m10.774s
2 Marlon Stockinger PHI Lotus +10.835s
3 Sergey Sirotkin RUS Fortec Motorsport +12.524s
4 Luca Ghiotto ITA International Draco Racing +19.137s
5 Pierre Gasly FRA Arden Motorsport +20.178s
6 Nikolay Martsenko RUS Comtec Racing +28.477s
7 Jazeman Jaafar MAL ISR +30.014s
8 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing +33.845s
9 Roberto Merhi ESP Zeta Corse +36.393s
10 Oliver Rowland GBR Fortec Motorsport +36.959s
11 Norman Nato FRA DAMS +41.465s
12 Matias Laine FIN Strakka Racing +53.086s
13 Zoel Amberg SWI AVF +54.792s
14 Oliver Webb GBR Pons Racing +59.383s
15 Roman Mavlanov RUS Zeta Corse +1m20.362s
16 Matthieu Vaxiviere FRA Lotus +1m22.067s
17 Beitske Visser NED AVF +1m29.307s
RET Will Buller GBR Arden Motorsport 16 Laps
RET Will Stevens GBR Strakka Racing 10 Laps
RET Marco Sorensen DEN Tech 1 Racing 9 Laps
RET Meindert van Buuren NED Pons Racing 7 Laps