Dominant Kvyat takes victory at Monza
7 September 2013 – MW Arden driver Daniil Kvyat took a commanding lights-to-flag victory in the opening GP3 race of the Monza weekend, the Russian demonstrating untouchable pace to finish over six seconds ahead of Nick Yelloly and Facu Regalia.
A spin from Regalia towards the end of the formation lap preceded a start that was laced with mayhem. Although most of the front-runners cleared the first chicane without incident, a late-braking Dino Zamparelli speared into team-mate Tio Ellinas, putting the Cypriot out of the race. A spate of spins followed, with shards of carbon fibre flying across the track as the field entered Curva Grande. Conor Daly became the prime victim of the debris, the championship contender retiring with a flat rear tyre.
Kvyat had pulled out a huge leading margin by the end of the opening lap, with Yelloly and Regalia slotting into the remaining podium positions. The Red Bull junior driver never looked like being troubled and, having taken pole in this morning’s qualifying session by half a second, he held a definitive pace advantage over the rest of the field for the entire race. By taking his second successive Feature Race victory, the 19-year-old has further reeled in current points-leader Regalia in the title race.
Further back, Lewis Williamson battled his way up from tenth on the grid to claim an impressive fourth, followed closely by Alexander Sims. Kevin Korjus took sixth ahead of Jack Harvey, while Patric Niederhauser finished eighth to claim the reverse grid pole. Red Bull youngster Carlos Sainz Jr. and Patrick Kujala rounded out the top ten.
The second GP3 race at Monza begins at 09.25am local time (GMT +2) on Sunday