Monaco Street Circuit, Monte Carlo
Sunday 26 May 2013
A challenging weekend continued into the race today in the 2013 Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco, but in the final analysis we are pleased that Max Chilton came home in 14th position. Notwithstanding a penalty for an incident with Pastor Maldonado, he recovered well and went on to hunt down and overtake Van Der Garde on the penultimate lap to record the best finish of his debut season so far.
Jules Bianchi suffered all the bad luck in his home race after a problem on the grid, being collected by the barrier after the accident with Maldonado and then a brake disc failure later in the race which brought his day to an early conclusion.
Max Chilton #23
“Overall I’m pleased with a positive conclusion to the race after what has been a difficult weekend for us. I fought hard in the latter stages to ensure we had something good to take away from Monaco and naturally I am very happy that I was able to get past Van Der Garde on the penultimate lap for 14th. With regard to the accident with Pastor, Esteban made a late lunge into the chicane and I could see he was locked up so I had to take action to avoid him, which meant missing the chicane. I rejoined coming out of Turn 11 and the apex to Turn 12 was fast approaching. I was aware that someone was behind me but not alongside me. The stewards determined a drive-through penalty for me and I accept that decision. After the race I went to see Pastor to check he was okay. The incident made for a difficult rest of the race but all I could do was concentrate on the best result for the Team and, problems aside, I think we have to be pleased with the end result.”
Jules Bianchi #22
“After a tough weekend here in Monaco I was hopeful that we might have the opportunity to turn things around in the race, but it was not to be, unfortunately. On the grid at the start I had an electrical problem and couldn’t select gear, so I had to start from the pit lane. It was a bit worrying but at least I could start. For that early part of the race I was right with Max but I had to think about looking after the tyres and hope that the race would come to me. After Maldonado hit the barrier in the accident with Max, the barrier came back out at me and my nose was damaged, so I had just pitted when the Red Flag came out. I was lucky that the damage was only limited to the nose and I could continue with the race. After that I was just looking to bring the car home, but I had a failure of the right front brake disc and that took me out at Ste Devote. It’s a big shame but we have learned a lot I’m sure from some of the problems we had this weekend.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“Today’s race was incredibly eventful for the whole field and our Team was no exception. We are sorry for the problem which Jules experienced on the grid but things started to look up for us from there. Our strategy was working well and we had a to make a few late calls, including the late one to pit Max under the second Safety Car period so that he could take on a fresh set of option tyres and have a shot at Van Der Garde. Thanks to an incredible drive from Max in the closing laps, he got by on the second to last lap and ensured we had something positive to take home, because, by then, Jules was unfortunately out of the race. It was a nice reward for Max after a good recovery following the incident with Maldonado. It seems that Jules suffered a failure of the right front brake disc and for that again we must apologise to him. There is a lot to learn from and improve on after this weekend but in the main we are still happy with the result.”