THE RUSSIAN TIME DRIVER DROVE A SUPERB RACE TO GRAB HIS SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON!
Artem Markelov led into turn 1 but it was fellow front row starter Ralph Boschung who stalled it on the grid with everyone avoiding him until Raffaele Marciello -who started at the back- had nowhere to go and hit into the back of the young Swiss driver. Boschung was able to keep going until lap 16 where the damage was too significant to keep going. However, Marciello’s car was too heavily damaged to keep moving so the safety car was deployed.
Shortly after the safety car there was big championship drama! On lap 7, 3rd and 4th positioned Oliver Rowland and Antonio Fuoco were battling into Turn 4. Rowland was defending aggressive and Fuoco had to lift off. All of this meant that 5th positioned Charles Leclerc had nowhere to go and spun on the exit of turn 4 and the championship leader was out!
All of this meant that Oliver Rowland had to take as many points as he could due to Leclerc’s misfortunes. Rowland was close to Alexander Albon all race but Albon’s corner exits and straight line speed was too good for the Brit to capitalize on so could only manage to finish in 3rd position and only take 10 points out of Leclerc’s lead. Alexander Albon did brilliant to finish in 2nd position as he has just come back from sitting out at Baku due to injury. However, Albon could not compete with Markelov who drove a faultless race at the front.
Luca Ghiotto had a nightmare in yesterday’s feature race after stalling in the pitlane and finishing down in 14th position. He knew that he had to fight back through the field to bring back some momentum heading into Silverstone next week and Ghiotto did just that. He gained a couple of positions in the early laps thanks to Boschung and Leclerc’s issues but after that, he overtook cars for fun and finished in an incredible 4th position.
His fellow countryman Antonio Fuoco who scored his first podium in yesterday’s feature race, had a fairly quiet race after the contact with his teammate early on. At one point, Fuoco was only half a second behind Oliver Rowland and was looking like he could grab a double podium but Fuoco soon fell into the clutches of Luca Ghiotto and on lap 24, he was demoted to 5th position.
Jordan King had a fairly solid race for MP Motorsport after narrowly missing out on reverse grid pole in the feature race, King got a good start and was up to 5th position. He didn’t have the pace of the drivers up front and behind him was a massive train of cars down to 11th position. However, only one of those cars would manage to pass the Brit which was Luca Ghiotto and King managed to grab 6th position and add 4 more points to his original tally of 39.
Like Luca Ghiotto, Norman Nato had a terrible race yesterday after the Frenchman had a car issue which resulted in Nato starting from stone dead last. But like Luca Ghiotto, Nato soared through the field and thanks to some late drama and time penalties, Nato was able to score 2 points in 7th position.
Nicholas Latifi after his strong race yesterday struggled a bit today compared to his teammates pace but crossed the line in 7th but thanks to a 5 second time penalty for speeding in the pitlane, Latifi finished in 8th position. However it could have been worse for Latifi if it was not for Nyck De Vries and Rovert Visou. De Vries passed Visou for 8th position at turn 3 on Lap 25 but Visou dived it up the inside at turn 4 but De Vries gave Visou no room and Visou was pushed onto the grass and took De Vries with him.
Sergio Canamasas finished in 9th position after the trouble to De Vries and Visou and Sergio Sette Camara finished in 10th position which could have been a weekend of so much more for the young Brazilian but it was not to be.
The Top 10:
- Artem Markelov- RUSSIAN TIME
- Alexander Albon- ART
- Oliver Rowland- DAMS
- Luca Ghiotto- RUSSIAN TIME
- Antonio Fuoco- PREMA
- Jordan King- MP Motorsport
- Norman Nato- Arden
- Nicholas Latifi- DAMS
- Sergio Canamasas- Rapax
- Sergio Sette Camara- MP Motorsport