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May 28, 2017

Monaco magic eludes Pertamina Arden in FIA F2

Norman Nato and Sean Gelael endured a luckless weekend at Monte Carlo despite showing strong pace throughout qualifying

Uniquely to Monaco, Thursday was the day that the FIA Formula 2 qualifying sessions took place. During qualifying Norman was putting pressure on other drivers from the first lap and by the end Norman finished 3rd within his group and Sean was sixth in his group. This meant, for the Feature Race, Norman was 6th on the grid and Sean would line up in 10th.

 The Feature Race on Friday started off with the formation lap which turned into an extra formation  lap where Sean, had a bit of bad luck, and stalled on grid meaning he then started from the pit lanes.
The race then started with a strong start for Norman. By lap 7 there was a stopped car at the entrance of the tunnel and the Safety Car was deployed by lap 11 the Safety Car was back in and the race restarted.

After a few more laps and Norman was putting more and more pressure on King to take P5. Due to Deletraz and Visoiu making contact on lap 21 meant a second Safety Car was deployed, Norman took this as a good time to make a pit stop on lap 24. Unfortunately, Norman had to come back into pits again and retire due to mechanical gremlins.
Sean moved up to 10th. The Indonesian driver made his mandatory pitstop on lap 39 - gaining some ground on fresh tyres, Sean moved up and he finished the race in 13th position.

Saturday afternoon saw the start of the F2 Sprint Race due to the tough day yesterday the Pertamina Arden drivers started slightly further back on the grid. Sean was starting from 13th and Norman would start the race from 18th.
The start was a clean one and all drivers survived the opening laps - however, during lap 4 Norman unfortunately was span out of the race after contact with Leclerc and was forced to retire.

Sean kept pushing and was in 13th position throughout the majority of the race. As the tyres worn down over the race, Sean made better use of his tyre management and with five laps to go he managed to gain one more position - just missing out on points and ended the race in 12th position.

Monaco race week was a tough weekend, where the magic of Monaco evaded Norman and Sean. Both drivers will be back in action and pushing hard for the next round of the FIA F2 Championship at Baku on the 24-25 June.

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