FR3.5: Nico Muller victorious in Monaco

ImageNico Muller successfully converted his pole position into a maiden victory in Monaco with Marco Sorenson (Lotus) and Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin) completing the podium. The Swiss is the fifth separate winner from as many races this year.

Nico Muller was able to retain the lead to the first corner, whilst Sorenson quickly jumped a place to take second from Jaafar despite the narrow circuit proving to be an obstacle for overtaking in the past. The Dane attempted to catch the leader but could not chase down his Draco International Racing model.

This win is the third for Draco International in Monaco. They previously won with Christian Montanari(2005) and Pastor Maldonado (2006).

Kevin Magnussen (DAMS) negotiated the streets of the Principality effortlessly, pulling of a stunning overtaking manoeuvre on the Zeta Corse of Carlos Sainz, the Red Bull Junior’s first race in 2013. Sainz failed to control his car around the challenging Piscine section gifting Magnussen with a vital opportunity around Rascasse.

It was a double blow for the Spainard when his car lost all momentum allowing the Arden Caterham of Antonio Felix da Costa to outpace him on the exit of the fifth corner.

Jaafar, who qualified second and finished third overall, had a quiet race. Meanwhile, Nikolay Martsenko (Pons), Sergey Sirotkin (ISR), Pietro Fantin (Arden Caterham), Norman Nato (DAMS), Christopher Zanella (ISR) and Marco Stockinger (Lotus) all retired.

Stoffel Vandoorne, who received a five place grid penalty following a yellow flag error in practice, started tenth and finished ninth. His team mate, Oliver Webb, retained his grid position to finish just outside the points in eleventh.

In his most recent, exclusive, column for ‘stoodonthepodium’, he expressed nothing but joy at the prospect of firing his engine in anger on the famous street circuit.

“After a year racing in the USA and doing some street tracks [in Indy Lights], I hope that I am well prepared for Monaco and look forward to roaring through the streets of the Principality”.

For Fortec Motorsports, who won the series with Robin Frijns last year, it was a quiet race following a dramatic practice session for the Belgian.

The real battle of the day came courtesy of championship leader, Magnussen, and his rival Felix da Costa. The two championship contenders battled hard for fourth place. The Dane won over his Portuguese competitor but the wheel to wheel racing continued right to the chequered flag.

This battle has ensured Magnussen maintains his championship lead as the drivers prepare for Spa in June. If the Formula Renault 3.5 race was anything to go by, the Grand Prix around the Principality is guaranteed to be exciting.

Full race classification

As seen on The Sideline Agenda

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