MONZA 2023

After an exciting 24 Hours of Le Mans, we were called back into the #9 Prema Racing machine for the last race before Summer break. Four weeks after our challenging race in the North of France, we traveled to Italy, to compete in the 6 Hours of Monza – a track on which I captured my first FIA Formula 2 podium back in 2021.

For the third time this year, our team mate Juan had to race elsewhere and therefore Filip and I were accompanied once again by Andrea, who was named to do the qualifying. He was unlucky in traffic and therefore couldn’t find pace, which left us tenth out of eleven competitors.

To be honest: we weren’t really afraid, as our long runs looked pretty promising. And hey, a lot can happen in a six-hour race. With Filip behind the wheel we started what should be our big catch-up effort. Both he and Andrea showed a fine pace, which kept us in reaching distance of the mid-pack.

It was my job to do the tough stints halfway, with old tires and a lot of fuel. Nevertheless I felt comfortable and we were able to make up the deficit. At one point I was in striking distance of the Vector Sport and tried to look on the inside of the second Lesmo corner. Unfortunately the back of our car stepped out, which lead to a small touché with said Vector car, which made the Vector driver lose control over his machine, sending him straight into the wall.

Race control deemed it an avoidable accident and I must agree they were right. Although it wasn’t on purpose obviously, Vector’s crash started with that little touch. We got penalized with a minute stop-and-go and thereafter we were not standing a chance to score a top result. We brought the car home in ninth, best we could do after such a massive penalty.

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