There were other star drives in Pau, besides Billy Monger’s. Fortec Motorsports’ Cameron Das finished eighth in the grand prix despite staying on slick tyres throughout the wet race.
“Slicks was an agreed decision with the team before the race started,” Das said. “Could’ve gone in our favour, but it didn’t obviously. It was the hardest race I’ve ever had to do. I was inch-perfect everywhere, no mistakes, or else I would be in a wall. We didn’t have any crashes at Pau, which is an achievement in itself, and not a lot of other people can say that. So I’m really proud of that race.”
One team that wasn’t as happy with the result was Motopark, which had locked out the top four spots in qualifying for the grand prix but ended up with only one of its drivers on the podium. It had opted to stay on slicks, and poleman Julian Hanses led the first half of the race.
“First of all, I think when you start 1-2-3-4, it would’ve been a very bold move to call them in to pit early for wets,” said Motopark team boss Timo Rumpfkeil.
“For quite a long time the lap times were equal between the wets and the slicks, so we thought we could hang around. The initial plan was to stick with slicks unless there was a safety car, and I think third, fourth, fifth would still be possible. At that time it was only Billy, Kjaergaard and Aldo Festante which were quite close. The others lost a lot of time because they pitted under green.”
Motopark’s domination ended when Liam Lawson went to overtake team-mate Hanses at the Turn 13/14 chicane and the pair collided.
“We actually called in Marino Sato but there was quite a poor pitstop from us. It took a long time, and we called him in under green. As the safety car came, due to ourselves, we pitted with Yuki Tsunoda and put him on wets.”
Once racing resumed, Tsunoda climbed up the order and was on the tail of the top by the final lap.
“One lap more lap in the race, probably would’ve ended different. Not the result we wanted, but this place also pulls its own kind of stories”, added Rumpfkeil.