Monaco Race Report for Olli Caldwell 26th – 29th May 2022

The time has come once again to race around the streets of Monte Carlo. One of the most iconic circuits on the calendar can at times produce boring racing but that certainly wasn’t the case this time.

Free Practice

Free practice was the first time Olli would be taking a F2 car around the twisty streets. With barriers bearing down on you at every turn it certainly is a challenge of the driver’s ability. Olli got some really good laps under his belt finishing practice with a time of a 1:24.843. With some solid running he was well prepared to take to the track in qualifying and lay down a fast lap. However, his top priority was to complete qualifying without damaging the car to build confidence and momentum going into the race.

Qualifying

Qualifying was split into two groups. Group A being the odd numbered cars and Group B being the even numbered cars. Olli made his way onto the track in Group B and secured some good lap times with a final time of a 1:23.498 putting him 20th on the grid of the sprint race.  

Sprint Race

The sprint race had drama from the offset with Jake Hughes failing to get off the line at the start moving Olli up one position before they even arrived at Sainte-Dévote Olli had a good race, putting in decent lap times. He kept his cool when others around him were losing theirs with one minor lock up into the Nouvelle Chicane causing a minor touch onto Marino Sato’s gearbox. Olli made his way into P16 after a safety car was thrown due to Novolak hitting the wall. Olli drove a mature race to finish the sprint in a respectable 16th place, with his fastest time of 1:24.883 on lap 7. Crucially he gained essential experience in his F2 around the unforgiving streets of Monaco.

Feature Race

Sunday gave us the excitement of the feature race. Starting 16th Olli was hungry for more experience and a good clean race. From the offset there was drama as two cars failed to get off the line on the formation lap, promoting Olli up two places. He started on the soft compound tyre and made his mandatory pitstop on Lap 8. He drove a clean, solid race and finished P15, his fastest time of 1:23.689 on lap 17, an impressive 1.2 seconds quicker than the sprint race, 0.19 off his qualifying time and only 0.4 seconds off the race winner. Olli managed to avoid all the drama that unfolded in the race, driving with maturity and avoiding any mistakes. 

Let’s not forget this was Olli’s first time around the streets of Monaco in a Formula 2 car so he can leave knowing he had a solid weekend. No doubt he will go to Baku with momentum and feeling positive.