TEAM NEWS: Max Chilton gave Hitech Racing it’s second fourth place finish of the weekend in the sixth round of the British Formula 3 International Series at Monza on Sunday. The 17 year-old made a superb start from his record-breaking pole position to take the lead into the first corner.
For nine laps the BRDC Superstar gradually extended his advantage over the chasing pack on a track made greasy by light rain. The Reigate teenager was looking good to take a record-breaking victory as the youngest ever winner of a British F3 race.
Meanwhile his team-mate Walter Grubmüller, who took fourth place in round five, also looked likely to produce another strong result in the sixth round. After a storming start again enabled him to make up several places, the young Austrian was tagged by another car on the opening lap and pitched into a spin dropping him back to 19th.
A first corner accident which had previously eliminated six cars brought out the safety car and at the restart Walter again made good progress through the field.A superb recovery allowed him to claw his way back up and he was soon battling with front-row starter Matteo Chinosi and Croft race winner Brendon Hartley.
As Max extended his lead at the front to over a second and half, Walter’s race ended abruptly when he collided with Hartley on lap nine, forcing them both out on the spot. As the track dried, Max saw his healthy advantage rapidly reduced and he was gradually reeled in and passed by eventual winner Sergio Perez, who takes his second race win in succession, Esteban Guerrieri and Atte Mustonen.
David Hayle; “The day didn’t produce the results we had hoped for unfortunately. After qualifying on pole with Max, we had high hopes of his first victory and when the conditions were slippery it suited him and the car very well. But as the track dried, it allowed everyone to close up and they were able to slipstream past on the straights.
“Walter’s retirement in the race was very disappointing after his superb performance in Saturday’s race. He showed a lot of pace and again today was looking good for at least seventh place if not higher. Still we must put all that behind us and look forward to Rockingham next weekend.”
Walter Grubmüller: “It was a very disappointing end to the weekend. After a great race yesterday and another good start in today’s race, I felt able to get another strong finish. I made up several places at the start but then got spun out on the first lap and had to do it all again. Then I was having a battle with Chinosi when Hartley and I collided. There didn’t seem to be any visible damage but I just couldn’t restart it.”
Max Chilton: “I had an awesome getaway and was able to pull out quite an advantage early on while the others were all fighting behind. I was gutted though to see the safety car come out as I’d already built up a good lead. I’m fairly certain that without that I could have held on to the advantage.”