Webb Signs Off from Pons with Twelfth in Monaco


Oliver Webb finished twelfth in his final race for Pons Racing before Colombian Oscar Tunjo takes over the drive from this weekends races at Spa-Francorchamps. The Briton, who was a last minute signing for the team ahead of the season opener in Monza, had his strongest race to date, and missed out on a points finish by just over ten seconds.

Technical issues affected Webb during qualifying, and this left him down in seventeenth place on the grid, out-qualifying his team-mate Meindert van Buuren by over half a second. He had a decent race saw him climb to fifteenth by the end of the first lap, but the tricky nature of the street circuit in Monaco meant he struggled to make more places on track.

He none-the-less continued to pressure the drivers in front of him, and his pit stop went well, meaning he was able to capitalise on drivers ahead of him being penalised for exceeding track limits that saw him classified twelfth at the flag.

“It is such a fantastic experience to race around the streets here in Monaco,” said Webb. “There is so much history here, and a great atmosphere during the weekend, and it has been great being back here. Qualifying is such a critical part of the weekend due to the limited overtaking opportunities available during the race, and we struggled with the set-up and the steering problem.

“I made a good start to the race, and managed to move forward a few places in the opening lap, but Monaco is a challenging circuit. It’s disappointing I couldn’t score some points here, but the team did a great job over the whole weekend, and we will keep pushing.”

Webb now leaves Formula Renault 3.5 to concentrate on his European Le Mans Series campaign with the Signature-Alpine team.