Raffaele Marciello: “A podium is a good result”

Raffaele Marciello - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Raffaele Marciello moved into the top five in the GP2 Series championship standings with a pair six finishes around the streets of Monaco last weekend.

The Italian continued the Russian Time team’s impressive start to the season, with both himself and team-mate Artem Markelov finishing inside the points in all four races of the 2016 season so far.

Marciello admitted the first race of the weekend on Friday was somewhat of a procession, with the former Ferrari Driver Academy driver finishing sixth.

“Monaco is always a bit processional and I got the maximum from the race, picking up a couple of places when cars ahead crashed or retired and not being passed by anyone – except Artem!” said Marciello, who saw team-mate Markelov move from fifteenth on the grid to win the Feature race.

Starting from third place on the grid for the Sprint race, Marciello gave as much as he could to challenge Marvin Kirchhöfer for second, but was unable to do anything about the German, instead being forced to settle for third.

“You have to be patient in Monaco and hope that the guy in front makes a mistake, but unfortunately that didn’t happen with Marvin today,” said Marciello.

“I felt that potentially I had stronger pace but a podium is a good result and moves me into the championship top five.”