Artem Markelov claimed his third race win of the 2018 Formula 2 Championship season, with the Russian’s victory in the Sprint Race at the Red Bull Ring moving him to third overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
After charging to a hard-fought eighth-placed finish from 18th on the grid in Saturday’s Feature Race, the RUSSIAN TIME driver had a much easier run in Sunday’s race with a lights-to-flag run to victory.
The main mover of the race was yesterday’s Feature Race winner George Russell, who finished a superb second to take the lead of the Drivers’ Championship standings. The Mercedes junior driver started from seventh place and immediately overtook his title rival Lando Norris into Turn 1.
He made the same moves to get by Antonio Fuoco, Alexander Albon and Sergio Sette Câmara to progress to third place over subsequent laps.
Two laps later and he overtook Markelov’s teammate Tadasuke Makino to move into second place and lay 2.5 seconds behind the race leader.He was unable to make up ground on Markelov, who was the quickest driver in the field and went on to win by almost six seconds.
Makino held on to third place for a while, but struggled with wearing tyres and lost ground over the final laps to finish in sixth place behind Sette Câmara, Albon and Fuoco.
Norris, the incumbent championship leader, similarly had his own problems managing tyre wear and fell out of the points to cross the finish line in eleventh place.
|2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Race of Austria – Sprint Race Results (28 laps)|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result||Pts|
|1.||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||28||36:41.950||17|
|2.||George Russell||ART Grand Prix||28||+ 5.600||12|
|3.||Sergio Sette Câmara||Carlin Motorsport||28||+ 8.543||10|
|4.||Antonio Fuoco||Charouz Racing System||28||+ 17.188||8|
|5.||Alexander Albon||DAMS||28||+ 17.925||6|
|6.||Tadasuke Makino||Russian Time||28||+ 22.580||4|
|7.||Santino Ferrucci||Trident Racing||28||+ 24.588||2|
|8.||Nicholas Latifi||DAMS||28||+ 27.286||1|
|9.||Nirei Fukuzumi||BWT Arden International||28||+ 28.046|
|10.||Arjun Maini||Trident Racing||28||+ 28.655|
|11.||Lando Norris||Carlin Motorsport||28||+ 30.190|
|12.||Maximilian Günther||BWT Arden International||28||+ 30.800|
|13.||Luca Ghiotto||Campos Vexatec Racing||28||+ 32.189|
|14.||Nyck de Vries||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||28||+ 32.953|
|15.||Ralph Boschung||MP Motorsport||28||+ 36.952|
|16.||Roberto Merhi||MP Motorsport||28||+ 38.895|
|17.||Roy Nissany||Campos Vexatec Racing||28||+ 44.100|
|18.||Jack Aitken||ART Grand Prix||28||+ 44.249|
|Not Classified||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|DNF.||Louis Delétraz||Charouz Racing System||23||+ 9.648|
|DNF.||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||22||Mechanical|
Points are awarded to the top 8 classified finishers in the Sprint Race on a 15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale.
Artem Markelov is awarded an additional 2 championship points for posting the fastest lap of the race by a points’ finisher.
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