Double retirement a blow for Minardi

Minardi's gamble on running a one-stop strategy in the Monaco Grand Prix came to nothing when both cars were forced to retire from the race within a lap of each other with a fuel vaporisation problem

Double retirement a blow for Minardi

Team boss Paul Stoddart reckoned that a top ten finish was on the cars before his two cars hit problems. Verstappen was first out, coasting to a halt on the exit of the tunnel on lap 29, with Wilson joining him at exactly the same point on the track a lap later.

Stoddart admitted that the reliability of the top teams meant that Minardi couldn't have scored any points in the race, but said: "It's still thoroughly depressing to have two otherwise healthy cars parked when they could have been racing for a top-ten finish."

Wilson reckoned that the team's decision to run on a one-stop strategy, forgoing pace in Saturday's qualifying session to do so, was set to pay off until he was forced to stop.

"I think a one-stop strategy was definitely the right one for this race," he said, "and it's a great shame for the whole team to have lost both its cars in such a short period of time today."

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