By The1nsider 2 months ago




We love motorsport for this kind of magic! Tadasuke Makino surely didn’t seem to be a contender for the Feature Race win when he started from P14. But the Honda protégé started on the Medium/Supersoft strategy – one of the only three drivers to have opted to go that route. A superb opening lap took him all the way to eighth position and he then carved his way to second place – slotting in behind his teammate Artem Markelov whom he passed for the lead on Lap 5. From then on, he drove flawlessly to build a gap of over 40 seconds to the Russian ace – a margin big enough that Makino could observe his mandatory pitstop on Lap 27 and rejoin a couple of seconds ahead of Markelov. He then kept a cool head for the final three laps to stun the rest of the field, lead a RUSSIAN TIME 1-2, and take a first F2 victory!

His teammate Markelov was also back on the podium last weekend – with P4 on the grid, he quickly got into the lead at the start. On the Option/Prime strategy, he offered little resistance when Makino attacked him on Lap 5, but was convinced he could get back into P1 when the Japanese driver was to pit for Supersofts. He was bemused to see his teammate return to the circuit ahead of him, but was pleased with a strong result for the team in the Feature Race. On Sunday, Markelov made a strong start from P7 to P3. He then passed first George Russell and later Nicholas Latifi to lead the race until a small mistake opened the door for Championship leader Russell to pass for the win. With 32 points added to his tally, Markelov is the highest point-scorer in Italy, just ahead of his home event at Sochi.


It was a weekend of highs and lows for the Championship leader. George Russell had lost so much ground to title rival Lando Norris a week earlier in Belgium, so he came to Italy with one goal: to be back on top. And things went according to plan with pole position – his fourth this season! On Saturday, on the Option/Prime strategy, he made a poor getaway and dropped to third. By the chequered, he had dropped one position lower and had to settle for fourth. But leave it to George to always fight back: in the Sprint Race, he made a strong start from fifth to second, and sure, he may have inherited the win a bit following a small mistake from race leader Markelov, but Russell was at the right place, at the right time to take a fifth win in 2018 and to extend his Championship lead over Norris to 22 points. There are four races left in the season…


It has been a strange season for the talented Brazilian so far. He’s fast. He’s a hard-worker. He’s  always 100% focused. But somehow, there’s always something getting in the way of Sérgio and a first triumph of the year. At Monza, he had qualified yet again strongly in second, but a technical glitch ahead of the formation lap meant that he eventually started from the pitlane. From there, he battled his way through the field up to seventh at the flag, setting the fastest lap of the race. The next day, he finished third – his seventh podium finish in 2018, making him the third best podium finisher of the season behind Russell (9) and Norris (8).


The Campos driver had made a lasting impression at the Autodromo di Monza in 2017, winning in the Feature Race before losing victory following a penalty. He had fought back in the Sprint Race to take the win in one of the most thrilling races of the season. This year was unfortunately another story: Luca qualified P8, but he was only tenth at the flag. The next day, he grabbed some more points with sixth place, but that was definitely not the weekend he was hoping for in front of his home crowd.


What a difference a week makes. Nyck de Vries was all the rage following two brilliant race weekends in Budapest and Spa-Francorchamps. In Italy last weekend, his weekend was the polar opposite; the Dutchman’s speed just wasn’t apparent and he was left to settle for 11th in qualifying. He finished only two places higher in Saturday’s race and a puncture rendered the PREMA driver pointless on Sunday – ending the day 17th. He will surely make good use of the four-week break to get back on track before Sochi.


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