Daniel De Jong enjoyed his debut race weekend around the streets of Monte Carlo, as the Formula Renault 3.5 Series supported the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend.
The 18-year-old Dutchman was set for an impressive top 15 finish in the race until the Comtec Racing driver outbraked himself at Ste Devote in the closing laps, forcing him to settle for 19th in the end.
De Jong's pace was all the more impressive considering the fact that he had to leave the principality in the middle of the weekend to sit a school exam back home. After free practice on Thursday he flew to the Netherlands to take his exam on the Friday before flying back to Monaco in time for qualifying on Saturday morning.
“It's an amazing place,” said De Jong. “I've always wanted to race in Monaco, it was a big moment for me to be there on an F1 weekend. It was a really tough event for me, especially as I had to fly home for my exam on Friday, but I think we did a good job and improved more and more. It was a shame I made a small mistake near the end at turn one but I'm happy, it was an amazing experience.”
The next round of the season takes place at the Nurburgring in Germany on 18th/19th June. In the meantime, with his exams continuing, De Jong's focus returns to his education.