Alexander Albon has taken a page from Artem Markelov’s motto – “Never give up!” The amiable Thai driver came to Sochi third in the standings. While all eyes were glued on the Russell/Norris fight, Albon started the Feature Race in fifth place before charging past Russell in the early stages. On the same Option/Prime strategy as race leader Nyck de Vries, both drivers came into the pits and DAMS were quick to switch to the soft tyres. This helped Albon steal an advantage over de Vries, re-emerging ahead of the rest of the pitted cars. When Antonio Fuoco – the last driver on the Prime/Option strategy – pitted, Alex took the lead and was followed home by teammate Nicholas Latifi with 11 seconds in hand. Albon’s win was his fourth of this season, helping him move past Norris in the Championship standings.
On Sunday, he kept his title hopes alive after carving his way through the field from P8 on the grid to P3 at the chequered flag. That’s 35 points added to his tally– his strongest result in 2018. He solidified his second place in the standings, but he will have to do even better if he wants to crush Russell’s spirits in Abu Dhabi!