Liam Lawson led a confident drive around the wet streets of Monte Carlo this morning, making a magnificent move on Oscar Piastri up the inside of Rascasse on Lap 5 to finish on the top of the podium in the second sprint race.
Lawson was jumped by Oscar Piastri off the grid on the start as the Prema driver found more grip on the drier side of the grid but the Hitech Grand Prix driver’s confidence in the damp conditions was evident.
The Red Bull Junior driver kept the pressure on Piastri in the opening stages of the race and after battling through the Nouvelle chicane, where Piastri failed to keep his car on the track, Lawson made an inch-perfect move on the inside of Piastri on the inside of Rascasse.
The reverse-grid pole-sitter, Marcus Armstrong had an unlucky morning. After failing to make it to the grid, Armstrong started from the pitlane before retiring on Lap 3, going deep into the turn 1 runoff.
Dan Ticktum led a strong drive, putting Lawson under pressure on the safety car restart on Lap 25, after a collision between Bent Viscaal and David Beckman into turn 1.
Ticktum found his confidence behind the wheel in the second half of the sprint race, as the track dried out. The Carlin driver outbreaked Piastri into the Nouvelle Chicane, threading his car up the inside of the Prema, to place himself in second.
Juri Vips moved himself from sixth up to finish in fourth as he gained confidence in the drying conditions .
Ralph Boschung, finished in 6th after holding back Roy Nissany, Jehan Deruvala and Richard Verschoor as the track dried out. Nissany stayed on Boschung’s tail but made a number of clumsy moves and retired after making contact with the wall on lap 24.
Uni- Virtuosi had a race to forget, pitting their drivers, Guanyu Zhou and Felipe Drugovich on lap 11 for slick tyres. The gamble didn’t pay off with Zhou switching back to wets after three laps struggling to get his tyres up to temperature.
Gianluca Petecof made contact at the start and ended his race in the barrier of Turn 1 at the race start and wasn’t the only driver to make the excursion to the runoff at turn 1 during the race.
The feature race in Monte Carlo is at 17:15 (Local Time) UTC+2 today where ART Grand Prix driver Theo Pourchaire will start on pole ahead of Robert Schwartzman and Oscar Piastri.