Lotus, Binder win Monza Race 1
The Lotus team took honours again today in the World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship by cruising to win race 1 at Monza with René Binder. Lining-up at the historic Italian track, home of the third round of the season, the Austrian got his maiden victory in the series as he took advantage from a five-second penalty assessed to Roy Nissany. By keeping his contender in sight and controlling the race, Binder was promoted to first place right after the chequered flag. He is now second in the driver standings with 73 points.
On the other hand, Pietro Fittipaldi had a bittersweet day. This morning, the young Brazilian scored another sensational pole position in qualifying 2 and will start at the front of the pack for the second time this weekend in tomorrow’s race 2. Unfortunately, he had wheelspin at the start of race 1, then he was hit by another car at Prima Variante and suffered from a puncture. After the tyre change, Fittipaldi had no other chance than crossing the line in 10th place, securing one point and scoring the fastest lap of the race.
In the team standings, the Czech squad maintains the leadership with 136 points. Race 2 is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:50.
“Thank you to the whole team for having rebuilt my car after yesterday’s qualifying crash. At the start, Roy went straight and then I knew he was going to get a penalty so I simply controlled the race. Winning with this car on this track feels amazing, I’m delighted I could win my first race here”.
“We started from pole position, but I’m not sure about what really happened. I had a lot of wheelspin and I lost a lot of positions, then when I was at the chicane I was hit from Alfonso and I got sideways. I was very slow in second gear, the antistall kicked in and someone touched my rear tyre. I suffered a big puncture and I had to come back to the pits to change tyres. After that I was very fast and also set the best lap of the race, but at that point it was basically over”