Very interesting weekend in Italy for the World Series boys.
As I mentioned earlier, Jerome Wickens, who was looking fast all weekend and retired soon after taking the lead in Race 1, took pole for Race 2 later that afternoon. Unfortunately for him, he was given a 4 grid place penalty for causing a collision with Cesar Ramos in Race 1. This put him in the mix on the opening laps of Race 2 on Sunday, eventually coming together with Albert Costa, spinning him into the gravel and out of the race. Two DNF's for the Canadian drop him back to third in the championship rankings.
New Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took the checkered flag in Race 2, but it was already known that he would be dropped back in the order. He had been handed a 10 second penalty for cutting a chicane and retaining the lead. Nevertheless, he fought off severe pressure for most of the race with a badly damaged front wing and came home first on the road.
The man supplying the pressure on Vergne was Daniel Ricciardo, who was on the pace for the first time this year in the World Series at Monza. His elevation to P1 made him the fifth different driver to claim victory in the first six races.
Alguersuari might want to employ a food taster for the remainder of the year.
After the race, he was asked if he was ready for the pinnacle of motorsport, he replied: "This is a question I am often asked and the answer is yes, I'm ready, I would be more than happy if I had to step in because a driver had food poisoning or whatever."
Also benefitting from Vergne's penalty was Alexander Rossi, who hung within a couple seconds of the leaders for most of the race once it settled down. His second place was the third podium finish for the American, moving him back up to second in the championship standings. Rossi had qualified 7th for Race 2 and benefited from some of the chaos in front of him in the opening laps.
90 - Vergne
73 - Rossi
71 - Wickens
62 - Costa
50 - Korjus
39 - Van Der Drift
36 - Ricciardo