Iwasa Impresses in Mesmeric Monaco

Iwasa Impresses in Mesmeric Monaco

Iwasa Impresses in Mesmeric Monaco

Iwasa puts on the perfect performance to take the chequered flag in Monaco after overtaking a reliability-plagued Isack Hadjar.

Hadjar led the grid away, just managing to keep fellow Red Bull Academy driver, Iwasa behind.

Kush Maini and  Clément Novalak made contact at the Nouvelle Chicane. Maini tried to overtake Amaury Cordeel in front, but his defence made the Campos driver slow in the corner, catching out Novalak behind.

Both continued in the race, Novalak came into the pits to change his front wing. Drivers behind them, however, found themselves stuck at the chicane. Roy Nissany and Ralph Boschung were unable to keep their engines running, bringing out the first Safety Car of the race.

Novalak was awarded a 10 second time penalty for the collision with Maini, and a further 5 seconds for speeding in the pit lane.

Heartbreak for Hadjar out in front as he suffers a technical issue during the Safety Car restart, Iwasa capitalises on this under green flag conditions and takes the lead of the race at Sainte Devote.

Arthur Leclerc’s Sprint Race was made uncomfortable by the car bottoming out over the bumps of Monaco. He reported this while chasing Maini for P16.

On Lap 20, Jehan Daruvala was given the green light by his team to start applying the pressure on race leader, Iwasa. The gap stayed at around the 1.5 second mark with Iwasa picking up his pace to match the challenge behind.

Cordeel found the wall at Mirabeau, bringing out the Safety Car. The incident was out of shot but showed Juan Manuel Correa shaping for a move at Turn 7.

Iwasa left Daruvala behind at the restart by going early, in just a few laps his gap to the MP Motorsport driver was over 5 seconds.

Reporting technical issues Ollie Bearman pulled into the pits to retire his PREMA.

Despite Daruvala’s best efforts, Iwasa wins in Monaco with a significant lead after an impressive race from the young Japanese driver.

Image: Formula Motorsport Limited

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