Roberto Merhi’s Feature Race was practically perfect in every way, and the Spanish driver was opportunistic during the early phase of stops to rise through the field. His progress didn’t stop there, and Merhi picked his way through the front runners – putting excellent moves on Günther and Norris to climb as high as second. The MP Motorsport ace lost his grasp on a podium finish later on, but still claimed fourth place – and won our unofficial Twitter “Driver of the Day” award.
Starting the year with no points from Bahrain, it was a baptism of fire for the Charouz team – new to F2 for 2018. Since then, the Czech outfit has made steady progress through the F2 field, helped by the consistency of drivers Louis Delétraz and Antonio Fuoco. Although the Swiss driver suffered from misfortune in both Spielberg races, Fuoco’s presence at the front helped Charouz climb up to third in the teams’ championship – a tremendous effort.
After a tough few opening rounds for F2 rookie Tadasuke Makino, the Spielberg round was the Japanese driver’s best weekend so far in the championship. Taking advantage of qualifying tenth, Makino showed great pace and managed his tyres well to take seventh in the Feature Race, prompting an all-RUSSIAN TIME front row for the Sprint – in which he captured sixth place to score his first back-to-back points in F2.
Having failed to bother the rostrum in Le Castellet, Lando Norris enjoyed a return to the podium at the Red Bull Ring after finishing second, dropping back to save tyres before making progress in the final few laps to convert from his starting position. He’ll need to go after more top-three finishes at Silverstone, after losing the championship lead to George Russell after an uncharacteristically lowly finish in the sprint race.