By The1nsider 5 days ago




It’s hard to argue that anyone else deserves the top spot this week! Winners in both the Feature and the Sprint races, ART Grand Prix have staked claim for this season’s title. First, George Russell displayed a mature drive from P4 on the grid to first at the flag on Saturday and took his second F2 win in a row. In the Sprint Race, the Mercedes protégé finished P4 and added 2 more points to his tally with fastest lap. With 35 points scored in Spain, Russell jumped from fifth to third in the Drivers’ Championship – 5 points behind Alexander Albon.

Jack Aitken had a less successful start to his race weekend at Barcelona: fifth on the Feature Race grid, he finished P6. However, the combative Brit darted to the front of the field at the start of the Sprint Race from P3 on the grid. The Renault Sport F1 reserve never relinquished the lead, mastering a flurry of virtual safety car periods to claim a maiden F2 win. ART Grand Prix have moved up to second in the Teams’ Championship – 21 points behind Carlin.


After a podium-less weekend in Azerbaijan, Championship leader Lando Norris came to Barcelona with the objective to get back on top. However, a tricky qualifying session left the Carlin ace to settle for eighth. In the Feature Race, he flawlessly carved his way up to third place which meant a sixth place on Sunday’s reverse grid. Once again, Norris took every opportunity he had to pass his rivals on track and to claim another third place finish at the flag. After three rounds, he is the only driver to have scored points in every single race so far. This consistency also means Norris remains at the top of the Drivers’ Championship – 13 points ahead of Alexander Albon.


The start to his 2018 campaign has not been an easy one: Luca Ghiotto came to this season with high hopes but his natural speed never translated into good results – his lowest point being Round 2 in Baku with a crash from P3. Barcelona was another story though: third in qualifying, fourth in the Feature Race and fifth in the Sprint Race: that’s 18 points added to his tally. The likeable Italian jumped from P16 to P8 in the standings and is confident this marked a turning point in his hunt for the crown – although admittedly there is still room for improvement.


The Dutch outfit has always been fighting for points so far this season. So, with a P9 and P10 result in qualifying at Circuit de Barcelona – their best result until now, hopes for strong points again were flying high. Unfortunately, as they battled for positions Ralph Boschung and Roberto Merhi made contact in the Feature Race leading to an early retirement for the Swiss and a thirteen place finish for the Spaniard. It was another DNF on Sunday for Boschung, and also a retirement for Merhi following an engine issue. It’s the first time this season that MP Motorsport leave a track pointless.


It’s the second round in a row that the British team have failed to score points. BWT Arden have put their trust in two rookies this season and Maximilian Günther showed they were right to do so in the opening race weekend at Sakhir; the German ace claimed a podium on his Championship debut and some strong points in both races. His teammate Nirei Fukuzumi has endured a few more struggles, although he took one point in Bahrain as well. Since then, it’s been tough for the squad and Round 3 at Barcelona was more of the same. They lacked pace in qualifying; Gunther retired in the Feature Race and Fukuzumi had a collision with countryman Tadasuke Makino in the Sprint Race. Surely the combination of hard work and the drivers’ talent will end this dry spell soon!


  Issue 15 F2 Feature
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