F3 Asia 2005

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23 May 2005 (Prema)
Formel 3 Euroseries
Round 7/8 Monaco/MC, 20/21 May 2005

Formula 3 Euro Series 2005 - R4 Monaco - Race Round-Up

First seasonal podium for Franck Perera and Prema on the city circuit of MonteCarlo. Along the streets of the Principality, Franck Perera was always among the protagonists, from the free practice session, on Thursday morning, when he finished in fifth position. Good performance for Marco, who finished the session in the tenth place. The other Prema driver, Belgian Greg Franchi was a bit behind because he had some difficulties in understanding this new circuit. During great part of the session Franck was in the second position but near the end Loic Duval and Adrian Sutil were able to overtake him while he was conditioned by traffic. Unfortunately, Greg Franchi and Marco Bonanomi were not able to occupy one of top ten positions because they could not find the necessary space in the last minutes of the session.
Races, in this type of circuit, are strongly conditioned by the position obtained in the starting grid, as there are not many places where it is possible to overtake.
Race1: There wasn't a good start for Franck Perera and Greg Franchi. Unluckily, Franck lost one position and finished in the fifth place. Marco Bonanomi was thirteenth. Greg Franchi was delayed after a contact with another vehicle in the "Grand Hotel" bend.
Race 2: Franck Perera was on the podium, after a race where he was able to maintain a good rhythm Greg Franchi and Marco Bonanomi were both involved in accidents in the initial part of the race.

Davide De Gobbi: "Finally a good result that will raise our spirit, in a prestigious circuit and in a context of considerable value. It was important for Franck to be on the podium again and demonstrate to be among the protagonists. This podium gives us the input to continue working in order to reach victory, as soon as possible."

Marco Bonanomi: "Unfortunate weekend. Everything was affected by a qualifying session, where we did not show our real potentialities. In the last minutes heavy traffic also conditioned the possibility to reach the scoring zone."

Greg Franchi: "I can't find the right words to describe this weekend. The vehicle was all right but unluckily the qualifying session conditioned everything. In the next break we must work hard in order to come near our rivals."

Franck Perera: "It was a good result for me and for the Team after a disappointing start during the present season. It was important for me to do my best here, in MonteCarlo, in front of the Formula 1 circus and Toyota, that has been supporting my career. It was a pity that in the first race I made a mistake at the start. This podium must be a good starting point for the rest of the season."



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