Alfonso Celis Jr finally demonstrated why Force India puts such faith in him as a reserve driver with a wonderful drive on Friday afternoon in Spa.
Celis got a great start and moved clear into Turn 1, unlike Pietro Fittipaldi next to him, who frankly looked like he had pulled into reverse and immediately dropped to the back of the field. Rene Binder briefly held second however was quickly usurped by Egor Orudzhev and Roy Nissany, who proved to be the only threat to Celis, keeping within five seconds for the majority of the race, with Orudzhev over twenty seconds behind in third.
Behind them, Binder was struggling to keep the car on the road, frequently locking up and eventually running wide enough to allow Diego Menchaca into fourth. Binder appeared to run significantly less wing than the cars around him, which paid dividends along the straights however made things very difficult into the bends.
Unfortunately this was the only real action around the circuit, and sadly shows the need for more entries than the twelve cars that started this race.
For Celis however, this was a timely reminder to some of the skeptics that he is a talented racer, and with the confidence of a win behind him, he may now demonstrate his true form.