Round 4 will be recalled as “The Artem Show”! It’s no secret that the Russian ace loves driving on the tricky circuit of Monaco, and once again his slick driving skills were put to good use, firstly qualifying with a P3 result – his best of the season by far. In the Feature Race, Markelov was handed the lead following contact between Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries. On the Prime/Option strategy, the Russian driver pushed hard to build a big enough gap to Sean Gelael, the first runner on the Option/Prime strategy. After his pitstop, Markelov emerged ahead of the Indonesian and flew to a second win in 2018.
On Saturday, he muscled his way past Gelael and Roberto Merhi to move up to fifth. He then made a bold move on Arjun Maini to leap one place higher. Markelov homed in on Louis Delétraz and tried every trick in the book to try and pass the Swiss driver, but to no avail. Still, it was an on-track battle that will go down in history! With 35 points scored at Monte Carlo, Markelov leaps from 6th to 2nd in the Championship.