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"After that it was difficult to keep up my speed as I also started to struggle with the brakes due to the missing parts on my wing," Leimer continued. "I missed braking points which resulted in a drive-thru. Overall it was a difficult race for me today."

His team mate Nathanaël Berthon had a better day of it, but still missed out on making it onto the reverse grid that would have held out hope of a better Saturday to come.

"Today it was hard to achieve a better result than this - my team applied a fantastic strategy for me, I think we could not have done it any better," he insisted. "My start was great and I passed three cars. Then I was pushed all race long and although I am happy I finished ninth, it's a pity as I missed tomorrow's pole by one position."

Arden's Luiz Razia was hoping to keep up the pressure on Davide Valsecchi in the championship with another points finish at Monaco, only to fall foul of someone else's accident in the final quarter of the race.

"I was still on course to record another points finish until Esteban Gutierrez clipped the chicane barriers when he was running just ahead of me," Razia explained. "I guess I ran over some of the debris from his damaged wing, but that dictated another pit visit and a two-stop strategy was never going to work.

Razia finished in 15th place by the chequered flag, which gives him an uphill climb on Saturday.

"The result obviously compromises my grid position for tomorrow," he agreed. "Without the puncture I'd have started the sprint race from pole, but as always I will do whatever I can to achieve a good result."

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