Pietro Fittipaldi took a hugely important victory today in Aragon, in a reversal of fortunes with team-mate Rene Binder, whose title chances took a hit by an early retirement.
In typical Lotus trend, one of the cars was again slow off the line, and Binder got swallowed up by the pack. Later on in the lap, he lost control into turn 8 and hit the unsuspecting Yu Kanamaru, who survived unscathed. Binder however crashed into an early and damaging retirement, and in the process lost the lead of the championship to Fittipaldi, who gave himself a wonderful 21st birthday present.
In a relatively processional race thereafter, Alfonso Celis was the only real threat but never got close enough to challenge, and took a comfortable second ahead of Saturday’s victor Egor Orudzhev, who this weekend recaptured some of his best form and closed the gap in the title standings.
Fittipaldi leaves the weekend with a fourteen point margin ahead of Binder, with Celis and Roy Nissany close up in third and fourth.
The next rounds are on the 15th and 16th July at the Nurburgring.