In a season that is already unpredictable, both podiums at Baku welcomed a full set of fresh faces; all six drivers featured on the rostrum claimed a first podium finish in 2018. We recommend you look into a crystal ball to try and figure out how the rest of the season will unfold!
Sérgio Sette Câmara thought he had done the hardest part after fighting for second place in the Sprint Race. After the chequered flag, the Brazilian ace could not rejoin parc fermé and had to park his stranded Carlin machine on track before jumping in a fire truck, then literally running to the podium. It was found later that his car had insufficient fuel and he was disqualified from the results.
Trident are a hard-working team, so imagine their disappointment after a pointless Round 1. It looked like Baku might be a repeat after Santino Ferrucci was disqualified from P5 on Friday after his car failed to pass a tyre pressure control. His teammate Arjun Maini then suffered an engine issue on Saturday. But true to their fighting spirits, both drivers took their cars home to P5 and P6 on Sunday – Maini ahead of Ferrucci – to claim the team’s first points in 2018!
Antonio Fuoco claimed a first podium finish for newcomers Charouz Racing System in Baku’s Feature Race from P12 on the starting grid. The Czech team definitely has got the speed as also demonstrated by Louis Delétraz who finished P10 from P20 in the sprint race. Now all they need is a little bit of luck too!