P4 for Artem in Monaco
Artem Markelov followed up his Monte Carlo feature race win with a fighting fourth place in Saturday’s reverse grid sprint race. Japanese team mate Tadasuke Makino continued his unfortunate first visit to Monaco, stalling on the grid and being hit by former Russian Time driver Luca Ghiotto.
Artem did not seem to be familiar with the idea that overtaking is impossible around Monaco. Starting eighth, he was fifth by the end of lap two and took fourth when he dived down the inside of Arjun Marni at Rascasse just after half distance. He then set about Louis Deletraz, trying both the inside and outside at the first corner and then even on the flat-out ascent up the hill into Casino Square. Ultimately though, two late-race Safety Cars spoiled his challenge and he had to be satisfied with fourth as the 30-lap race finished behind the offficial Mercedes.
Artem wins in Monaco!
Artem Markelov scored a fine victory in a dramatic Monte Carlo F2 feature race – his second in three years! – and also claimed the 27-point maximum with the race’s fastest lap. Russian Time team mate Tadasuke Makino was unfortunate to be taken out when he was hit on the run to the first corner.
Artem 3rd in Monaco quali
Artem Markelov will start the Monte Carlo F2 feature race from the second row of the grid after an amazingly tight qualifying session ahead of tomorrow’s blue riband event on the F2 calendar.
In Monaco the 20-car F2 field is split into two groups of 10 and Artem topped Group A with a lap in 1m21.834s until DAMS driver Alexander Albon pipped him with 1m21.727s in the dying seconds of the session to claim pole position.
In Group B, Prema driver Nyck De Vries (1m21.737) lapped just a hundredth of a second slower than Albon to claim the other front row starting position, with Russian Time’s Japanese driver Tadasuke Makino (1m22.420s) doing an impressive job to set sixth quickest time in on his first experience of the demading 2-mile track around the streets of the Monaco Principality.
Barcelona race 2: P9 and DNF
Artem Markelov and Tadasuke Makino were left to reflect on a disappointing Barcelona sprint race. Artem, after suffering front suspension damage on the opening lap, fell down the order after lining up on pole position. Tadasuke was taken out just five laps into the 26-lap race by fellow Japanese driver Nirei Fukuzumi.
Barcelona race 1: P8&P9
Artem Markelov and Tadasuke Makino scored a double helping of points in today’s Barcelona feature race, with Artem passing his team mate on the last lap to finish eighth and claim the sprint race pole position despite starting 19th on the grid.
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Tadasuke Makino (1m28.620s) turned in an impressive performance to qualify seventh for just his third F2 start at Circuit de Catalunya, with a time that was only a quarter of a second away from a place on the front row of the Barcelona grid.
Team mate Artem Markelov (1m29.585s), meanwhile, had another frustrating qualifying Friday. Starting 19th he faces a tough feature race on a track at which overtaking is never easy. Markelov ran wide at the fast, uphill Turn 9 on his first run, in a car he found unbalanced and was never happy with.