Maiden GP3 victory for Nyck de Vries in Monza

Nyck De Vries (NED, ART Grand Prix) 2016 GP3 Series Round 7 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy. Sunday 4 September 2016 Photo: /GP3 Series Media Service ref: Digital Image _L0U5538

Having shown great consistency all season ART Grand Prix‘s Nyck de Vries finally claimed his maiden GP3 Series victory in the Monza Sprint Race.

Starting from the front row, the Dutchman passed his team-mate Alexander Albon on lap six to take control of the race. The podium was completed by Trident‘s Antonio Fuoco.

Starting his home race from reverse grid pole, Fuoco retained the lead at the start with Albon ahead of de Vries. The positive start for the Italian did not last for long with Albon passing into Turn one on the second lap with de Vries and Nirei Fukzumi following suit – before reclaiming fourth place from the Japanese driver.

A safety car period was called following contact between Series leader Charles Leclerc and team-mate Fukuzumi – following the race the Japanese driver was deemed at fault and has been handed a three place grid penalty for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Arden International‘s Tatiana Calderon was also caught up in the accident and had to pit for a new nose cone – but her day went from bad to worse when she was found to have been speeding in the pit lane and was handed a five second time penalty.

When racing resumed Albon led de Vries, Fuoco, Jake Dennis and Jack Aitken.  On lap six de Vries saw his opportunity and passed Albon for the lead of the race.

Behind the leading group, the battle for sixth place was heating up between Alex Palou and Sandy Stuvik with the pair battling it out corner after corner, with Arjun Maini soon joining in on the fun.

In the battle to be top Arden, Aitken had a look at his team-mate into Turn 1 on the penultimate lap but had to run wide and lost ground. Out front, de Vries’ lead was up to almost two seconds as he romped away to his maiden victory.

The battle for sixth place raged on as Maini passed Palou on the line to claim the place.

When the chequered flag was shown, de Vries took his much awaited debut victory, with Albon second ahead of Fuoco, Dennis, Aitken, Maini, Palou and Artur Janosz.

In the Drivers’ Championship, Leclerc now holds a 24 point advantage over Fuoco with Albon in third. The Teams’ title is all wrapped up for ART with Arden and Trident completing the top three.

GP3 returns to track at the end of the month with the Series making its first visit to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on September 30th – October 2nd 2016.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza Race 2 Results

14Nyck de VriesNEDART Grand Prix30m24.854
23Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix30m26.595
35Antonio FuocoITATrident30m31.236
49Jake DennisGBRArden International30m32.615
511Jack AitkenGBRArden International30m33.185
620Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport30m36.845
722Alex PalouESPCampos Racing30m37.118
86Artur JanoszPOLTrident30m37.358
917Ralph BoschungSUIKoiranen GP30m37.787
1027Jake HughesGBRDAMS 30m38.764
1126Santino FerrucciUSADAMS 30m39.570
1228Kevin JörgSUIDAMS 30m41.740
1323Steijn SchothorstNEDCampos Racing30m42.415
1424Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing30m45.463
158Sandy StuvikTHATrident30m45.812
1610Tatiana CalderonCOLArden International30m46.127
1714Matthew Parry GBRKoiranen GP30m46.876
1818Akash Nandy MASJenzer Motorsport31m28.425
197Giuliano AlesiFRATrident30m47.474
2016Matevos IsaakyanRUSKoiranen GP19m36.225
212Nirei FukuzumiJPNART Grand Prix3m27.221
221Charles LeclercMONART Grand Prix3m27.830