Grégoire Saucy, again! The ART Grand Prix driver once more is absolutely unbeatable and leads Race 1 at Circuit Zandvoort from pole position t0 the checkered flag. Never is he in trouble, with a great start and an equally fantastic restart after the safety car. Behind him, his teammate Gabriele Minì, in an absolutely consistent race, being the only driver with a pace close to Saucy. Third, the first non-ART GP driver, Hadrien David (R-ace GP), again excellent in the pace, but not quite there to compete with the first two. The French driver also tried to attack Minì at the start and managed to overtake the Italian, who with great aggressiveness and capacity was immediately back ahead of David with another overtake.
Fourth in an excellent Paul Aron (Prema Powerteam), one position up thanks to an overtake on Mari Boya (Van Amersfoort Racing) at the start. Fifth is Franco Colapinto (MP Motorsport), confirming his great shape, and sixth is Isack Hadjar (R-ace GP), the new entry in the Red Bull Junior team, up two positions from the start.
Grégoire Saucy: “I am really satisfied, we need simply to continue like this. The pace is there, and if we have no specific problem as it happened in Monaco, we are definitely the fastest. So many wins and pole positions make me really happy, and tomorrow no problem, dry or wet I feel I am the fastest.”
Gabriele Minì: ” A really tough race physically. I was close as pace to Grégoire, but could not really keep it up all the race. With no safety car until the end of the race, there has been no way to rest a little and recover some energy…so a very difficult race, but for such reason, I am even happier. I know I can be fast in each corner, but the steering is really heavy, and the slower you go the heavier it is.”
Hadrien David: “I am definitely happy to be the first after the two ART drivers. We did not really have the pace to be close to them. I tried to overtake Gabriele at the start and actually managed to do so, but finally he was good at taking the position back. For tomorrow, I need to do good qualifying, hopefully in the first 3, and then do my best at the start to gain more positions in a track that makes it very difficult to overtake.”