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MONACO - REVIEW
For the first time this season, Red Bull driver Marius Schoeman managed to reach the chequered flag first with Dewald Nel's race win "stolen" by a judgement error made by McLaren driver Rudolph Mare on the very last lap. It wasn't an easy race though - and Marius had to fight all the time during the gruelling 78 laps. He qualified second and only managed to take the lead from pole sitter Dewald on the 12th lap. Marius led a total of 55 laps and had to fend off 3 drivers, Mercedes driver Dewald Nel, Ferrari driver Lionel Klue and Marussia driver Samuel Tingle. A mistake on the 73rd lap cost him the lead and his Red Bull racer suffered a broken wing and left front wheel. Luckily it happened only a couple of meters from the pit, so his pit crew managed to fix some of the damage and ultimately salvaged the situation. Marius began doing a series of very fast laps, topping the sheets consecutively, but the gap was still a huge 20 seconds on lap 77 when all of a sudden the yellow flags came out in the final sector.
Rudolph Mare turned the second last corner only to find that Dewald Nel was right next to him. Dewald's collision was so severe with the wall that he went airborne and ended up on the other side of the barriers. Unable to finish his lap, Marius Schoeman crossed the line to snatch the chequered flag. Because Dewald managed to finish more than 90% of the race distance and completed 10 laps more than third placed driver Devon Phayre - he was still considered a race finisher and received second place.
Dewald Nel's Mercedes goes airborne on the second last turn of the Monaco circuit on 04 April 2014
A few other incidents were reported and will be investigated by the marshals during the week. Understandably Monaco wasn't the cleanest race this year, but so far definitely offered the most action.
Eugene van Loggerenberg and Lionel Klue both failed to score points this weekend