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Charles Pic powers to Monaco victory

The french man dominates the sprint race. Italian Valsecchi won the feature race on Friday.
Saturday, May 28, 2011

Charles Pic dominated his rivals from pole position to claim the sprint race win this afternoon in Monaco, leading from lights to flag in a display of cunning and speed to lead home Josef Kral and Romain Grosjean.

The Frenchman's only threat came when the lights went out: Pic had a sharp start but Kral's was even better, getting almost alongside the poleman but having to give way when the pair reached Ste Devote.
Behind them, Grosjean too was fast off the line, with front row starter Max Chilton making a poor start and local driver Stefano Coletti stalling completely, providing a road block for the rest of the field.

With Davide Valsecchi and Alvaro Parente squeezing Luca Filippi between them, the front order was settled, and was unchanged at the restart following a safety car period to remove Kevin Mirocha's stricken car from the wall on the front straight. Another safety car period for Marcus Ericsson, who jumped the kerb at the swimming pool and found the wall, also left the order unchanged at the front.

Parente was soon lamenting his lost points when he had to make a drive through for a jump start from sixth position, promoting Filippi into the points. The Italian was soon handed another point when Valsecchi missed his braking point at the chicane and had to give way to his countryman, with a fast charging Fabio Leimer just failing to also take advantage of the mistake.

But back at the front it was Pic who sailed serenely on, with Kral falling back towards the end of the race but doing enough to hold off Grosjean for second place. Filippi was next across the line in fourth, slicing inside Chilton into the chicane a few laps from home for the position, with Valsecchi following suit two laps later for fifth. Chilton held on for the final point, an apt reward for a tough day's fighting, as he led Leimer across the line as the chequered flag dropped.

The result leaves Grosjean and Sam Bird leading the championship after the Monaco weekend on 23 points, with Pic on 22, and Valsecchi and van der Garde one back on 21. With the championship standings so tight, Valencia promises to yet more excitement for both the drivers and their fans.

Monaco Sprint race Results:

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POS NO DRIVERS TEAMS LAPS TIME GAP KPH BEST
1 3 C. Pic Barwa Addax Team 30 45:50.498 131.147 1:23.839
2 14 J. Král Arden International 30 45:53.830 3.332 130.988 1:23.961
3 11 R. Grosjean DAMS 30 45:54.383 3.885 130.962 1:22.754
4 17 L. Filippi Super Nova Racing 30 46:05.085 14.587 130.455 1:23.712
5 27 D. Valsecchi Team AirAsia 30 46:17.570 27.072 129.868 1:24.083
6 24 M. Chilton Carlin 30 46:20.124 29.626 129.749 1:24.433
7 1 F. Leimer Rapax 30 46:20.344 29.846 129.739 1:24.254
8 25 O. Turvey Carlin 30 46:20.870 30.372 129.714 1:23.004
9 4 G. Van Der Garde Barwa Addax Team 30 46:21.357 30.859 129.692 1:23.644
10 16 F. Fauzy Super Nova Racing 30 46:22.083 31.585 129.658 1:24.523
11 15 J. Palmer Arden International 30 46:22.815 32.317 129.624 1:24.019
12 19 K. Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 30 46:23.288 32.790 129.602 1:24.483
13 9 S. Bird iSport International 30 46:23.645 33.147 129.585 1:22.713
14 20 R. Gonz‡lez Trident Racing 30 46:29.193 38.695 129.327 1:24.835
15 18 M. Herck Scuderia Coloni 30 46:31.016 40.518 129.243 1:24.746
16 8 ç. Parente Racing Engineering 30 46:31.185 40.687 129.235 1:24.180
17 23 J. Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 30 46:31.629 41.131 129.214 1:24.858
18 7 D. Clos Racing Engineering 30 46:33.109 42.611 129.146 1:23.421
19 5 J. Bianchi Lotus ART 30 46:42.042 51.544 128.734 1:22.891
20 26 L. Razia Team AirAsia 29 46:24.154 1 LAP 125.243 1:22.831
21 12 P. Varhaug DAMS 29 46:33.712 1 LAP 124.814 1:24.609

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