Norman Nato Takes Maiden Win In Monte Carlo


Frenchman Norman Nato turned the formbook on its head by winning the Formula Renault 3.5 Series race around the streets of Monte Carlo. The DAMS driver converted the pole position he earned on Saturday into the win and held off the challenge of Danish driver Marco Sorensen in the sole Tech 1 Racing entry.

Before today, Nato had only scored one point all season with a tenth place in race two at Motorland Aragon, but around the Monaco street circuit he did not put a foot wrong, and held on to win by 0.790s. Sorensen finished on the podium for the first time in 2014 after a disappointing season to date, and never fell off the tail of the race-long leader.

Third place for the second year running went to Malaysian driver Jazeman Jaafar for ISR Racing, who held off the challenge of the second DAMS driver Carlos Sainz Jr despite a concerted effort by the Spaniard to take the final podium place, while Briton Oliver Rowland finished on the tail of the third and fourth placed drivers for Fortec Motorsport on his first ever visit to the Monegasque circuit.

Swiss driver Zoel Amberg was sixth for AV Formula as his impressive season continued, and he held off the Arden Motorsport machine of Pierre Gasly until the chequered flag fell at the end of the thirtieth lap. Will Stevens was ten second further back for Strakka Racing in eighth, while Roberto Merhi for Zeta Corse and Meindert van Buuren for Pons Racing completed the top ten.

Russian Sergey Sirotkin was an early retirement from the race, with the Sauber F1 test driver initially stalling on the grid before a spin on the seventh lap at the final corner ended the Fortec Motorsport drivers race for good.

Sainz Jr continues to lead the championship on 74 points, and sits 15 points ahead of second placed Rowland on 59 points, with Gasly third on 51 points. Nato’s win has moved him up from 18th in the championship up into ninth on 26 points.

Monaco Race Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Norman Nato FRA DAMS
2 Marco Sorensen DEN Tech 1 Racing +0.790s
3 Jazeman Jaafar MAL ISR Racing +12.228s
4 Carlos Sainz Jr ESP DAMS +13.268s
5 Oliver Rowland GBR Fortec Motorsport +13.960s
6 Zoel Amberg SWI AV Formula +20.962s
7 Pierre Gasly FRA Arden Motorsport +21.395s
8 Will Stevens GBR Strakka Racing +31.911s
9 Roberto Merhi ESP Zeta Corse +38.853s
10 Meindert van Buuren NED Pons Racing +50.019s
11 Marlon Stockinger PHI Lotus +55.954s
12 Oliver Webb GBR Pons Racing +1m00.594s
13 Matias Lainé FIN Strakka Racing +1m00.803s
14 Luca Ghiotto ITA International Draco Racing +1m00.874s
15 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing +1m03.676s
16 Will Buller GBR Arden Motorsport +1m04.448s
17 Beitske Visser NED AV Formula +1m14.137s
18 Andrea Roda ITA Comtec Racing +1 Lap
19 Roman Mavlanov RUS Zeta Corse +1 Lap
RET Sergey Sirotkin RUS Fortec Motorsport 6 Laps
RET Matthieu Vaxiviere FRA Lotus 1 Lap