Technical gremlins put damper on Monaco weekend

Thursday morning’s practice session got off to a cool and dry start but there wasn’t much running for the 20 year old New Zealander as his car stopped on track between turn two and three with a technical issue.

The weather didn’t hold out and it was a wet track for qualifying in the afternoon. In Monaco the grid is split into odd and even numbers to reduce the amount of cars on the track and give the drivers a better chance to get a clean lap in. Mitch, who didn’t get any running in practice got the most out of it and qualified in ninth.

The 40-lap feature race on Friday got off to a delayed start as a few cars stalled on the grid which resulted in a second formation lap followed by a reformation of the grid. Mitch started from 18th and managed to gain a few spots in the first couple of laps. At the halfway point of the race, Mitch made contact with Nick Yelloly at the new chicane and had to retire. The race was won by Stoffel Vandoorne ahead of Alexander Rossi and Sergio Canamasas.

Due to electrical issues on his car for the second consecutive sprint race in a row, Mitch was unable to start the race on Sunday having to retire on the way to the grid again, just like two weeks ago in Barcelona: "It’s been a very disappointing weekend for us. I didn’t get a single lap in practice because of the same electrical issues I suffered in Barcelona which put us on the back foot for qualifying. The feature race looked promising as I had a good pace but I got turned into while making a pass half way through the race and had to retire. Today was a déjà vu from the race in Spain - I had to turn off the car on the way to the grid and watch the race from the garage. I’m still fourth in the championship and I will push on.”

Round six takes place in Spielberg, Austria on 20/21 June.

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