Hamilton wins in Monaco
Hamilton (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes) is the winner of the seventh
round of the 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series Season, held as support
race of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. The McLaren-Mercedes protégé
crossed the line 1.777 seconds ahead of his team-mate, Adrian
Sutil (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes), with Loïc Duval (Signature-Plus,
Dallara-Opel) finishing third in the 18-lap race at the narrow
and twisting 3.340-kilometre circuit de la Principauté.
battle for the win in the Formula 3 Euro Series inaugural
Monaco race was virtually over right at the start when Hamilton
made use of his pole position to take the lead. His team-mate,
Adrian Sutil, followed close behind, but there was just no
opportunity of passing the Briton. In lap seven, the Safety-Car
had to come out as Thomas Holzer (AM-Holzer Rennsport, Dallara-Opel)
had skidded into the crash barriers after exiting the Swimming
pool chicane. In lap nine, the race was restarted and
Hamilton controlled the field to take his fifth win in 2005
and the sixth in his Formula 3 Euros Series career.
the Signature-Plus team-mates Loïc Duval and James
Rossiter (Dallara-Opel) Franck Perera (Prema Powerteam,
Dallara-Opel) secured fifth place, with Fabio Carbone (Signature,
SLC R1-Opel) finishing sixth. Maximilian Götz (HBR Motorsport,
Dallara-Opel) was penalised with a drive-thru penalty for
a jump-start, thus losing his chance of scoring points. At
the end of the 18 laps, he had to settle for 15th place.
Hamilton (ASM F3): Its just fantastic! To
win here, in Monaco, is something very special. Adrian was
extremely fast and it was really difficult to keep him behind.
Today I had to work really hard to be the first to take the
Sutil (ASM F3): It was a great race and my car handled
extremely well. To complete 18 laps on a street circuit you
have to be far more focused than in a race at a regular road
track. During the course of the race, I got along better and
better as I gained additional experience lap by lap.
Duval (Signature-Plus): I made a solid start and
had no chance of passing Adrian or Lewis. After the Safety-Car
phase, I suddenly experience a suspension problem my
cars handling was extremely nervous and aggressive.
As I will be again third on the grid for tomorrows race
we will have to wait and see if I will be able secure a better
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