"It’s been another tough weekend,” reported Evans. "We were struggling in qualifying because the balance of our cars was not good. We couldn’t find the sweet spot we had at races early in the season; even though we tried a lot of changes from the Spa set up.”
After the disappointing Spa round two weeks ago, the Arden team found the front roll bar had broken on Evans’s car and there was also an issue with a damaged rear damper. There was the expectation of a better result at Monza where team mate Jonny Cecotto finished third in the 2012 race.
"But we were struggling in practice and qualifying on Friday. Jonny only qualified 19thand that doesn’t give you much confidence going into the racing.”
The time set by Evans was 0.69s slower than the pole position time set by Englishman Sam Bird. He made a good start, passing several cars in the long run into the chicane for the first time but second time round he was chopped by Trummer.
"I was almost alongside him at the left hand corner and he turned into me. I don’t know what he was thinking because he should have left room. My race came to a grinding halt just when I was starting to make progress.”
With the front wing damaged, Evans was forced to retire for only the second time in 17 races this season. He remains in eleventh overall in the GP2 standings with rounds in Singapore and Abu Dhabi still to come.