Matthieu Vaxiviere is certainly consistent without really getting the reward for his driving talent. Today however was one of those good days and he won his second race of 2016 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Taking advantage of a poor start from pole sitter Louis Deletraz, Vaxiviere found his way to the front immediately and would not be passed, scoring the win by just under one second.
Deletraz managed to take second, although there was a scare as minor contact with Egor Orudzhev threatened briefly to ruin his race. Orudzhev racked up yet another retirement and ended his race in the pits on lap 9. Tom Dillmann maintained his championship lead by finishing third, another solid effort considering his car dropped into anti-stall mode at the start, costing him two positions.
A decent drive from Alfonso Celis netted him fourth, a good confidence boost for the Force India junior, who has had a very indifferent year. Home favourite Rene Binder unfortunately retired, after a clash with Celis, which resulted in a safety car towards the end of the race, and gifted Celis a two place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.
Dillmann takes a 34 point advantage into race 2 ahead of Louis Deletraz, with Roy Nissany in third.