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Monaco FR3.5: Nato and DAMS rule in Monaco

Norman Nato converted his pole position to a maiden victory in Monaco. He was joined on the podium by Marco Sorensen and Jazeman Jaafar.
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Norman Nato successfully converted his pole position into a maiden victory at the Formula Renault 3.5 round in Monaco.

The pole-sitter, who outpaced his team mate Carlos Sainz Jr for the first time this year, maintained his lead to the first corner. Sainz Jr did initially secure second place on the grid in the split qualifying but faced a two place penalty for impeding Arden Motorsport's Pierre Gasly. As a result, Jazeman Jaafar and Marco Sørensen were promoted to second and third respectively.

It was Sørensen, in the sole Tech 1 Racing challenger, who got the better of Jaafar in the early stages, overtaking the Malaysian to match his 2013 finishing position in the Principality. Jaafar faced strong opposition from a fast-finishing Sainz Jr but the Spaniard was unable to clinch his third career podium and saw the chequered flag thirteen seconds behind his race winning team mate.

Oliver Rowland took fifth place, negotiating the streets of Monte Carlo for the first time in race conditions. He was closely followed by Zoel Amberg and 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion, Pierre Gasly. Will Stevens, Roberto Merhi and Meindert Van Buuren completed the top ten to take the final remaining points of the weekend.

Matias Laine and William Buller finished thirteen and sixteenth respectively but both face penalties for exceeding the track limits.

The hotly-anticipated Monaco round ended in retirement for Sergey Sirotkin and Matthieu Vaxiviere. Problems at the start, and a spin by the Russian, saw them unable to complete the race distance.
by Katie Grimmett


Tagged as: Monaco , Formula Renault , dams , Nato

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