What an eventful Monaco weekend for us!
Two podiums sounds like a pretty good time in the Principality. Yes, there were a couple of shunts but we won’t hold that against the most challenging and glamorous track in the world!
Here at Carlin HQ we have a little bit of a tradition when it comes to our trophy collection. Every year we take all the trophies as we win them throughout out the season and line them up on Trevor’s desk. So far we’re looking like this.
At the end of every season the desk is cleared and the trophies are put in a more permanent position around the factory. The empty desk at the start of the season motivates us to keep pushing every year, and so we never take for granted those shiny pots that our drivers bring back!
And already this year we’re pleased to say that each one of our five race teams has walked away with trophies from their respective championships. Which is a nice haul considering that we’re only just into June!
Max Chilton added silverware to the collection around the narrow streets of Monaco this weekend with a strong second GP2 race of the weekend to finish on the second step of the podium. His highest ever finish in the feeder series now sees him move up to fourth in the championship standings.
The GP3 boys also had a weekend which saw them on the podium. A strong second race for Antonio Felix da Costa also ensured that he took home a trophy for second place. His team mates unfortunately bore the brunt of the challenging circuit with Buller and Brundle both retiring from the final race of the weekend after a collision at St. Devote.
The Formula Renault 3.5 team were also out competing in Monte Carlo, with Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens, however Magnussen was squeezed on the first corner – (again at St. Devote – now renamed Carlin Corner) forcing a retirement while Will battled well in the mid-field coming through to finish 12th.
And so the cars made their way back – well, two thirds of them did. The Formula Renault 3.5 cars took off for Spa where they’ve been on track today. Also out in Europe is the Formula Three team who are in Austria for the next round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. And joining championship regulars Sainz and Buller will be Jazeman Jaafar who picked up his first win in the series last time out at Brands Hatch, becoming the first Malaysian to win such an event in the process.
So another busy weekend awaits us. Isn’t that always the way? Although we wouldn’t change it for the world.