2015 F1RWRS Monaco Grand Prix
The 2015 Monaco Grand Prix was held at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It was won by Mark Dagnall, who took the lead of the Drivers' Championship as main challenger Rhys Davies finished fourth.
Ben Fleet took the best time for Scuderia Alitalia, setting a 1:23.298. Teammate David Koczo took second and Alitalia moved on to the next session. Mecha Grand Prix and Boxtel also moved on, with Jean-Luc Schiller placing fourth and the Boxtel drivers of Spencer and Battani took 7th and 11th respectively. Hagane Shizuka, who placed third, did not advance as his teammate Marie Simon was 13th. Daniel Melrose did not pre-qualify and left the team shortly after the weekend.
Pippa Mann took pole position ahead of Martin McFry. The Stig placed third, Ron Mignolet placed fourth, and Mirko Bosevic placed fifth. David Neuberg in the Kingfisher placed 6th on the grid. Dagnall, Rhys Davies, and Nicolas were 10th to 12th respectively. Both Mechas qualified for their first race of the season. Nathanael Spencer and Poppy Whitechapel did not qualify, with Spencer being benched for three races in favour of Jari Kekkonen, and Whitechapel leaving HRT and being replaced by Melrose. Shinobu Katayama did not do well, qualifying 24th on her return to Sunshine.
McFry took the lead early in the race but retired on Lap 3, handing over the lead to Pippa Mann. Then Pippa's car also retired, giving the battle for the lead between Mark Dagnall and The Stig, which Dagnall set the pace with a two-stop strategy over The Stig's three. Bosevic was running well in second place for most of the race until his car had a water leak and retired with eight laps to go, handing second to Thomas De Bock, who was having a relatively quiet weekend. Meanwhile, Vantini nicely placed in third, Rhys Davies had a quiet race placing fourth, Barii Mori miraculously finished the race, placing fifth while doing so, and Frank Zimmer also did well placing sixth, giving HRT a much needed point.
Meanwhile, Aurelien Moll and Sammy Jones were nowhere to be seen (the later finishing behind Mecha Grand Prix driver Steven Mackintosh, while Watkinson and Al Faisal (who barely escaped not qualifying) were clumsy, and Shinobu Katayama was just miserable. After more rift with the team, she left Sunshine after the race and joined Revolution instead. This was latter followed by fellow female driver Poppy Whitechapel after her disappoinments at Holden. Melrose also decided to leave Simpson Motorsports (amidist rumors that he was fired from the team) and joined HRT, replacing Whitechapel.
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