By The1nsider 3 weeks ago




What’s better than claiming your first F2 win? Doing it on the most prestigious circuits of all, in Monte Carlo! But the Czech team did even better than that; they sealed their maiden victory with a 1-2 as Antonio Fuoco crossed the finish line ahead of the pack. His teammate Louis Delétraz was third at the flag, but a post-race penalty applied to both Fuoco and Lando Norris meant the Briton dropped behind Delétraz in the final classification.

This result is a tremendous reward for the newcomers who had showed strong pace since the start of the season, but had lacked a bit of luck and experience so far. Delétraz – who enjoyed a first F2 podium finish – has jumped eight places in the championship, making him the most improved driver on the grid.


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.


It was a weekend of bests for Roberto Merhi. He qualified 9th – his finest result so far, before starting from eighth after Sergio Sette Camara who had qualified P4 was found unfit to race. Merhi expertly took his MP Motorsport car to third at the chequered flag, culminating in his and the Dutch team’s first podium finish of the season! In the Sprint Race, Merhi took seventh place and added 2 more points to his tally. With a total of 17 points taken in Monaco, the Spaniard and MP enjoyed their strongest race weekend of 2018.


What will it take for Luca Ghiotto to finally get a bit of luck? Fifth on the starting grid, the Italian was hit at the start by Antonio Fuoco (who received a drive through penalty for causing a collision). This meant an early retirement for Ghiotto who was left to start from the final row on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Campos driver, he couldn’t manage to avoid a stalled Tadasuke Makino at the start, crawling home in 10th place after pitting for quick repairs. Ghiotto will certainly want to put this weekend behind him.


To quote George Russell himself, it was a weekend to forget for the Briton; an engine failure in free practice meant the ART driver had only lapped the Monte Carlo circuit 4 times before he went to qualifying. With only 16 minutes to find the limits and a red flag in the final stages courtesy of Sérgio Sette Câmara, Russell had to settle for seventeenth position. He eventually started from P16 after the Brazilian driver from Carlin was withdrawn from the event following an injury. Russell’s weekend went from bad to worse with one crash in each race. Expect him to bounce back next month at Le Castellet!


  Issue 16 F2 Feature
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