Tough Sprint race for Martinius in Monaco


McLaren Driver Development Programme recruit Martinius Stenshorne experienced a mixed first race outing around the Principality in today’s FIA Formula 3 Championship Monaco Sprint race.

Making up an impressive 12 places from his starting slot, the 18-year-old Norwegian Hitech Pulse-Eight driver finished out of the points in 16th overall, however set the third fastest lap overall.

With the lap count limited on Thursday due to rain, Martinius went into Friday qualifying with very little running under his belt. Martinius’ session was then compromised by a technical issue on his first potential fastest lap and a red flag on his second. The unfortunate sequence of events would drop him down the order in his group and put him 28th on the aggregated grid for the Sprint race.

Sun and little cloud cover created perfect racing conditions for Saturday’s Sprint, however the race was far from perfect for the field. Multiple safety car periods and stoppages caused by multi-car pile ups and then stranded cars meant Martinius’ progress through the field was limited. He focussed on his own race and getting to grips with the track to finish 16that the flag fall.

The 27-lap Feature Race starts at 08:00am local time onSunday morning.