Sacha Fenestraz: “A win is hopefully just around the corner”

Sacha Fenestraz was second in race two at Pau - Credit: Marc de Mattia / DPPI

Sacha Fenestraz was disappointed that Alex Peroni was handed a grid penalty for the first race in Monaco rather than a time penalty during the final race in Pau that would have given the French-Argentine driver the victory last Sunday.

The Josef Kaufmann Racing driver was pushed onto the pavement on the opening lap around the legendary French street circuit but instead of getting a time penalty, Peroni will drop two places on the grid in Monaco, meaning the Australian kept the victory.

Fenestraz was happy to finish on the podium for a third time in 2017, but has still to be first to the chequered flag, and now sits third in the championship behind Robert Shwartzman and Will Palmer.

“It was a pretty good weekend,” said Fenestraz. “A slight mistake in the first qualifying session cost me some places, but apart from that I felt I did well.

“It’s a really hard track to overtake on, you only have one or two opportunities so it can be a bit frustrating.

“I was unlucky in the last race as when I had a chance to get through I was pushed on to the pavement. The driver was penalised for it, but rather that get a penalty in this race which could have given me the win, he lost two grid places in the next, which obviously didn’t help me.

“We really showed our pace this weekend, so although I’m happy with another podium, I’m ready to push on. A win is hopefully just around the corner.”

Fenestraz returns to Monaco this weekend for the first time since winning the first Eurocup race at the circuit in 2016, and he is hoping history repeats itself in 2017.

“We are onto Monaco next and I won there last season – it’s a track I like,” said Fenestraz.  “I’m hoping to have a better qualifying next round and will be concentrating on not making any mistakes.

“If I can do that and the pace is as good as it was this weekend, I think the season can really get going.”