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May 24, 2017

FIA F2 heads to the Monaco Grand Prix

Pertamina Arden drivers Sean Gelael and Norman Nato will take to the glamorous streets of Monte Carlo

Monaco Grand Prix is one race that every driver dreams of winning. A combination of precision driving, technical excellence and sheer bravery is required to win in Monte Carlo. 

The race is held on a narrow course, laid out in the streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine, and includes the famous harbour. With many elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel – making this course one of the most demanding tracks in FIA Formula 2 Championship.

The Monaco GP is different from all other rounds due to the fact the F2 practice session is run on the Thursday instead of the Friday. Traditionally, this was because the streets were then opened to the public on Friday afternoon before the races started on Saturday.

Last year qualifying was spilt in to two groups. Fresh from his maiden win in Spain, Norman set the quickest time in Group A ending up second on the gird. Sean was in Group B, finished 8th leaving him 14th on the grid heading into Race One.

Norman then took the lead in turn one in the Feature Race. Nato then pitted on laps, 29, 30 and 31 respectively meaning he dropped back to finish second on the podium. Sean Gelael finished 13th in the feature race. During the Sprint Race Norman Nato started on the grid in 7th. He then overtook Oliver Rowland to finish 6th. Unfortunately, Sean Gelael crashed out on lap 8.

This year Norman and Sean will be hoping for another strong performance. They have been working hard leading up to the jewel in the crown event. Currently Norman is in 9th place and Sean is 19th after two rounds in the driver standings.

Formula 2 starts on Thursday 25 May for qualifying and practise with the Practice Race at 11:00 (GMT+1). With the first of the two F2 races takes place on Friday and the sprint race on Saturday.

Monaco Grand Prix Timetable:

Thursday 25th May

Qualifying Group A -15:15 (GMT+1)

Qualifying Group B -15:39 (GMT+1)

Friday 26th May

Race One -10:30 (GMT+1)

Saturday 27th May

Race Two -15:10 (GMT+1)

Both of the FIA F2 races will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports F1 as the support races to the Formula One World Championship.

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