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UNOFFICIAL F3000 INFORMATION

 FIA International F3000 Round 5: Monaco (MC), 3rd June 2000

 

QUALIFYING:

Qualifying took place early on the sunny Friday morning due to the nature of the Monaco weekend. David Saelens took his second successive pole position for Super Nova at Monaco despite crashing and was joined on the front row by Sebastien Bourdais. Reigning French F3 champion Bourdais set a stunning time in the dying minutes of the second session for Gauloises Formula/Prost junior. Championship leader Bruno Junqueira set third fastest time, while fourth fell to Jamie Davies. The Brit was competitive throughout the sessions and belied the fact this was only his second race of the year. He will have to hand his drive at Fortec back to Mario Haberfeld at Magny Cours if the Brazilian has recovered. Stephane Sarrazin (McLaren) put in his best qualifying position of the year with fifth, ahead of Enrique Bernoldi (Red Bull Junior) who is emerging as the most consistent performer behind Junqueira. Marc Hynes made the cut at his second attempt for WRT, qualifying in 20th ahead of teammate Ananda Mikola. The British F3 champion was buoyed by the news that he will probably keep his drive for the remainder of the year.

Kristian Kolby failed to qualify after spinning in the first session and breaking down on track in the second. It was the second DNQ in succession for the Danish DAMS driver who is surely suffering from low morale after a nightmare rookie season. McLaren's Tomas Enge was also a surprise non-qualifier, joined by Jaime Melo (Petrobras Junior) and Yves Olivier (Witmeur KTR). Both sessions saw a great deal of action as the inexperienced drivers got to grips with the tight track. In the first session Olivier and Viktor Maslov crashed separately at St Devote, while Darren Manning, Kolby and Melo all spun at the same corner. Jeffrey van Hooydonk crashed just before the tunnel as Senna had in 1988, while Enge bounced along the barriers entering Casino. The second session saw yet more action. Andre Couto crashed in the Swimming Pool section, while Soheil Ayari and Melo collided on the corner before the pit-straight. Bas Leinders and Mark Webber both crashed exiting the Swimming Pool. In between those incidents provisional pole-sitter Saelens shunted at Rascasse. Other drivers to spin included Webber, Hynes, van Hooydonk, Junqueira and Christijan Albers. An incident-packed race seemed sure to follow on Saturday.

RACE: JUNQUEIRA STORMS TO VICTORY

Bruno Junqueira mastered the streets of Monaco and looks to be unstoppable in his quest for the International F3000 Championship. His third win in succession has given him a 20-point lead in the standings, and none of his rivals in terms of points have been able to match him for consistency. Junqueira's hat-trick of victories is the first in the modern single chassis & engine formula. It was a difficult drive in unusually hot Summer weather compounded by the fact he was suffering from flu. He was so exhausted after the race that he had to lie down on the podium steps after the ceremony.

Junqueira benefited from a little luck once again, however, as Sebastien Bourdais and David Saelens collided at St Devote, the first corner. Saelens once again made a poor start, but refused to give way to Bourdais. The French F3 champion closed the door on the Belgian and both their races were spoilt. The Frenchman lost out the most as he spun backwards into the barrier, but Saelens was able to continue. The Belgian was demoted to fourth behind Junqueira, Jamie Davies and Stephane Sarrazin. It was the crucial moment of the race for Junqueira and Davies who stayed in the top two positions until the end of the race.

Sarrazin, at last performing in the third race of the season, then tried to pull over and retire at Portier on lap 5, his car finally failing after his fuel pressure dropped from the start. Turning to his right across the track before the tunnel, Ricardo Mauricio (Red Bull Junior) could do nothing to avoid clattering into the McLaren junior Lola. Both were forced to retire, although Mauricio made an ill-fated attempt to return to the pits. Minus his front wing, he slid into the barriers at the swimming pool.

The leading pair of Junqueira and Davies managed to pull away from Saelens with a further gap opening up to Bernoldi and Webber scrapping for fourth place. Behind them a train of cars consisted of Nicolas Minassian, Kevin McGarrity, Franck Montagny and Justin Wilson. Gaps opened and closed amongst the packs, but there were never any passing opportunities. Only Wilson managed to make up a place, a do-or-die move on Montagny at the Loews hairpin paying off.

At the front Bernoldi had pulled away from Davies who kept on his tail in the early stages. He was six seconds ahead by lap 32, but then the safety car emerged meaning he had to do it all again. Bernoldi, visibly struggling in the preceding laps, lost it at Tabac after running onto the marbles. It was the third successive failure to finish while running in the points. Another accident was suffered by rookie Marc Hynes. The reigning British F3 champion was running competitively at the time, but his car was not handling well after a first-lap clash at the tail of the field and a subsequent bash with a guardrail. Exiting the final corner onto the straight, his right rear wheel fell off and sent him first into the pitwall and then into the barriers on the other side.

After the wreckage of the two cars was cleared up, the race restarted on lap 35. Junqueira immediately began to pull away again, Davies understandably deciding discretion was the best part of valour. At the restart McGarrity passed Minassian going up the hill, the Frenchman having made an error at St Devote. Montagny then repassed Wilson for seventh with a brave move at Mirabeau. Ahead, McGarrity chased Webber hard, the Australian visibly struggling. It all got too much for the Silverstone winner at Tabac with two laps remaining. The back end of his European Arrows car stepped out and he slid hard into the barriers. It would become a familiar site over the weekend, with Arrows F1 drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Jos Verstappen crashing at the same place in the F1 morning warm-up and race respectively. Thus McGarrity inherited fourth, his first points finish since Imola at the start of last year. Minassian and Montagny clinched the final points places ahead of Wilson and Fernando Alonso. The Spanish Astromega driver set the fastest lap on the way. Only 11 of the 26 starters were still running at the race's end.

Junqueira now has a seemingly unassailable lead in the standings, 20 points ahead of Minassian with just five rounds remaining.

 

QUALIFYING:

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

1

David Saelens (B)

Super Nova

1m 29.178s

2

Sebastien Bourdais (F)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

1m 29.242s

3

Bruno Junqueira (BR)

Petrobras Junior

1m 29.349s

4

Jamie Davies (GB)

Fortec

1m 29.400s

5

Stephane Sarrazin (F)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

1m 29.446s

6

Enrique Bernoldi (BR)

Red Bull Junior

1m 29.529s

7

Mark Webber (AUS)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

1m 29.531s

8

Ricardo Mauricio (BR)

Red Bull Junior

1m 29.600s

9

Nicolas Minassian (F)

Super Nova

1m 29.685s

10

Kevin McGarrity (GB)

Nordic

1m 29.870s

11

Bas Leinders (B)

Kid Jensen Racing

1m 29.890s

12

Franck Montagny (F)

DAMS

1m 29.908s

13

Fernando Alonso (E)

Astromega

1m 29.966s

14

Andrea Piccini (I)

Kid Jensen Racing

1m 30.006s

15

Soheil Ayari (F)

Coloni

1m 30.101s

16

Justin Wilson (GB)

Nordic

1m 30.108s

17

Fabrizio Gollin (I)

Coloni

1m 30.212s

18

Darren Manning (GB)

Arden

1m 30.280s

19

Andre Couto (MAC)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

1m 30.468s

20

Marc Hynes (GB)

WRT

1m 30.584s

21

Ananda Mikola (RI)

WRT

1m 30.974s

22

Christijan Albers (NL)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

1m 31.030s

23

Fabrice Walfisch (F)

Astromega

1m 31.124s

24

Andreas Scheld (D)

Fortec

1m 31.161s

25

Jeffrey van Hooydonk (B)

Witmeur KTR

1m 31.170s

26

Viktor Maslov (RUS)

Arden

1m 31.323s

Non-qualifiers:

27

Kristian Kolby (DK)

DAMS

1m 31.449s

28

Tomas Enge (CZ)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

1m 31.498s

29

Jaime Melo Jr (BR)

Petrobras Junior

1m 31.675s

30

Yves Olivier (B)

Witmeur KTR

1m 35.067s

(All cars Lola B99/50-Zytek)

 

RACE RESULT:

Pos

Driver

Team

Time (after 50 laps)

1

Bruno Junqueira (BR)

Petrobras Junior

1h:19m:08.755s

2

Jamie Davies (GB)

Fortec

1h:19m:10.353s

3

David Saelens (B)

Super Nova

1h:19m:16.480s

4

Kevin McGarrity (GB)

Nordic

1h:19m:17.010s

5

Nicolas Minassian (F)

Super Nova

1h:19m:19.910s

6

Franck Montagny (F)

DAMS

1h:19m:20.514s

7

Justin Wilson (GB)

Nordic

1h:19m:21.177s

8

Fernando Alonso (E)

Astromega

1h:19m:22.039s

9

Jeffrey van Hooydonk (B)

Witmeur KTR

1h:19m:23.446s

10

Fabrizio Gollin (I)

Coloni

1h:20m:08.309s

11

Andreas Scheld (D)

Fortec

- 2 laps

12

Mark Webber (AUS)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

47 laps; accident

R

Christijan Albers (NL)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

35 laps; spin

R

Enrique Bernoldi (BR)

Red Bull Junior

31 laps; accident

R

Darren Manning (GB)

Arden

30 laps; accident

R

Marc Hynes (GB)

WRT

30 laps; accident

R

Andrea Piccini (I)

Kid Jensen Racing

17 laps; accident

R

Soheil Ayari (F)

Coloni

17 laps; accident

R

Ananda Mikola (RI)

WRT

9 laps; spin

R

Andre Couto (MAC)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

8 laps; engine

R

Bas Leinders (B)

Kid Jensen Racing

7 laps; spin

R

Stephane Sarrazin (F)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

4 laps; fuel pressure/collision

R

Ricardo Mauricio (BR)

Red Bull Junior

4 laps; collision

R

Sebastien Bourdais (F)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

0 laps; collision

R

Fabrice Walfisch (F)

Astromega

0 laps; gearbox

R

Viktor Maslov (RUS)

Arden

0 laps; accident damage

Fastest Lap: Alonso (1m30.539s)

Key: R=Retired, DQ(x)=disqualified from position x.

(All cars Lola B99/50-Zytek)

 

Scoring: 10-6-4-3-2-1.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Standings after Round 5 of 10

Pos

Driver

Team

Points

1

Bruno Junqueira (BR)

Petrobras Junior

38

2

Nicolas Minassian (F)

Super Nova

18

3

Mark Webber (AUS)

European Formula (Arrows junior)

14

4

David Saelens (B)

Super Nova

8

5

Fabrizio Gollin (I)

Coloni

7

6=

Darren Manning (GB)

Arden

6

 

Jamie Davies (GB)

Fortec

6

 

Justin Wilson (GB)

Nordic

6

 9=

Jaime Melo Jr. (BR)

Petrobras Junior

4

 

Andre Couto (MAC)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

4

11=

Sebastien Bourdais (F)

Gauloises Formula (Prost junior)

3

 

Enrique Bernoldi (BR)

Red Bull Junior

3

 

Jeffrey van Hooydonk (B)

Witmeur KTR

3

 

Kevin McGarrity (GB)

Nordic

3

15=

Stephane Sarrazin (F)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

2

 

Tomas Enge (CZ)

mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior)

2

 

Franck Montagny (F)

DAMS

2

18

Soheil Ayari

Coloni

1

 

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