Cecotto plays down Monaco GP2 crash blame

Johnny Cecotto Jr has played down his culpability over GP2's 15-car feature race pile-up, an incident for which he was subsequently handed a one-race ban

Cecotto plays down Monaco GP2 crash blame

The Venezuelan made a poor getaway from pole and ended up outbraking himself at Sainte Devote - the first of a chain of incidents which caused the race to be halted.

He was suspended from Saturday's sprint race as a punishment for his role in the incident.

Cecotto, however, believes his mistake was not the trigger for the ensuing chaos.

"I made a mistake and made impact with the wall which ended my race," he said of the incident.

"I didn't touch any other drivers, just outbraked myself.

"There was another crash to the right of mine which caused a big pile-up. The red flag came out and my car was lifted into the truck.

"Unfortunately, the stewards deemed this my fault and I was excluded from race two."

Cecotto said the crash and resulting ban had been even more frustrating given that he had captured only his second pole in 69 GP2 starts.

"It was a shame: we worked very well in preparation for Monaco and after a lot work I think we had a very good set-up on the car," he said.

"We had prepared a decent plan for the laps in qualifying and we held to that perfectly without any problems of traffic, which gave us a perfect session.

"I could feel that the car was very good."

shares
comments
Stefano Coletti troubled by lack of feature race win in GP2
Previous article

Stefano Coletti troubled by lack of feature race win in GP2

Next article

GP2 to extend life of current car as part of cost-cutting plan

GP2 to extend life of current car as part of cost-cutting plan
The other Doohan charting his way to motorsport success Plus

The other Doohan charting his way to motorsport success

Heading into FIA Formula 2 this season, there was a lot of pressure on Jack Doohan. The 2021 F3 runner-up joined a new team for his next challenge, as well as signing up to the Alpine Academy. He told Autosport how he’s tackling the step up - with some help from his motorcycle legend father

FIA F2
Jun 16, 2022
The Brazilian F2 driver hoping to return his country to motorsport's top tier Plus

The Brazilian F2 driver hoping to return his country to motorsport's top tier

With a chaotic but “pretty much perfect” FIA Formula 2 weekend in Saudi Arabia behind him, Felipe Drugovich now leads the drivers’ standings in his third crack at the series. The Brazilian driver explains how he's improved amid some difficult years, and shares his dreams of ending his nation's absence from the F1 grid

FIA F2
Apr 1, 2022
The Red Bull junior aiming to emulate Piastri in F2 Plus

The Red Bull junior aiming to emulate Piastri in F2

Norwegian talent Dennis Hauger has a tough act to follow in Oscar Piastri’s footsteps on his graduation to F2 as the reigning F3 champion with Prema. Here’s what he makes of the task ahead of him

FIA F2
Mar 16, 2022
The other Mercedes F1 young gun facing a big 2022 Plus

The other Mercedes F1 young gun facing a big 2022

With a disappointing 2021 season behind him, Frederik Vesti makes the move up to FIA Formula 2 with a reinvigorated sense of determination. Could this finally be the breakthrough year for the talented Mercedes junior?

FIA F2
Mar 14, 2022
Ranking the 10 best drivers of an F1 junior series stalwart Plus

Ranking the 10 best drivers of an F1 junior series stalwart

DAMS has been one of the most prolific teams below Formula 1 since its foundation in 1989, launching 32 drivers into grand prix racing. Following the team's sale to ex-F1 racer Charles Pic, formally closing the book on the ownership of the Driot family, Autosport picks out its 10 best drivers during their spell with the team

FIA F2
Feb 27, 2022
How an F2 enigma hopes ‘coming home’ can reopen doors to F1 Plus

How an F2 enigma hopes ‘coming home’ can reopen doors to F1

After a disappointing 2021, Marcus Armstrong is returning to FIA Formula 2 for another shot at the title in 2022 with Hitech – this time without the backing of Ferrari. This year, he says, he’s ready to give it his all in a last-shot bid to reach Formula 1

FIA F2
Feb 19, 2022
The hardships that haven’t dented an F2 rookie’s American F1 dream Plus

The hardships that haven’t dented an F2 rookie’s American F1 dream

Faced with no options for 2021, Logan Sargeant’s Formula 1 dreams looked set to crumble. But a last-minute Formula 3 seat and a strong season secured him an F1 junior berth and a Formula 2 drive for 2022. He told Autosport how his transformative season has affected both his personality and his future

FIA F2
Jan 29, 2022
Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021

With a veritable feast of feeder series talent in 2021, FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 produced some of its most exciting racing yet. Although Prema Racing drivers once again dominated the respective series, drivers from other teams also stole the limelight to mark themselves out as stars of the future, or validate their highly-regarded standing

FIA F2
Dec 22, 2021