• Sochi Race 2


    Sochi Race 2 Official press release

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    Artem Markelov finished a fighting fifth in the Sochi F2 Sprint race, gaining six places from his 11th position on the grid, after radio problems compromised his result in Saturday’s Feature race. Team mate Tadasuke Makino had to be content with 11th place after the Japanese F2 rookie scored a hard-earned point on Saturday despite a first lap collision that damaged his car.
    Artem took advantage of any overtaking opportunity that came his way, including a fine double-pass of Roberto Merhi and Nyck De Vries to put himself into the top five. At that stage he was within 7s of championship and race leader George Russell, but rain just after half distance in the 21-lap race sent most of the field into the pits for wet tyres. Artem then passed Antonio Fuoco, who stayed out longer on slicks, but just lost out on fourth place after a close battle with De Vries.
  • Sochi race 1


    Sochi race 1 Official press release

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    Tenth and 11th places for Tadasuke Makino and Artem Markelov do not reflect strong performances by both drivers at Sochi. Tada scored a point despite an incident at the start that saw him forced into the barrier on the left of the main straight. He then had to cope with misaligned steering throughout the race.
    Artem, meanwhile, drove brilliantly to lead by lap 7 having started 19th on the prime Pirelli tyre after qualifying without the benefit of DRS! He outpaced those cars on the same starting tyre but was compromised by a radio problem that saw him pit too soon and suffer heavy deagradation on the option Pirelli.
  • Sochi Quali


    Sochi Quali Official press release

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    Tadasuke Makino (1m47.732s) produced his best qualifying performance of the season when he grabbed seventh place on the grid for tomorrow’s Sochi feature race, the penultimate round of the 2018 F2 season.
    Team mate Artem Markelov (1m48.568s) had a mixed day. First, was the excitement of his first F1 free practice session for the Renault F1 Team, in which he acquitted himself well. But, after rushing back to the F2 paddock he suffered electrical issues which ruined both practice and qualifying,
  • P2 for Artem Markelov in Monza!


    P2 for Artem Markelov in Monza! Official press release

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    Artem Markelov finished second for the second time in two days in the Monza F2 Sprint race after starting seventh on the grid and leading the 21-lap race by lap six. It brings his total of GP2/F2 podiums to 16! A victory was within Artem’s grasp before a mistake into the tight first chicane allowed championship leader George Russell through, the Briton winning by just 1.05s.

    Team mate Tadasuke Makino, who won yesterday’s Feature race from 14th on the grid, started eighth in the reverse grid race. The Japanese F2 rookie passed championship contender Lando Norris before he locked up under braking, flat-spotted a tyre and needed an unscheduled pitstop, dropping him down to 14th. Sergio Sette Camara took the final podium place.
  • Double podium for Russian Time!


    Double podium for Russian Time! Official press release

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    Russian Time scored a superb 1-2 in the Monza F2 Feature race with rookie Tadasuke Makino heading home Artem Markelov on split tyre strategies.
  • Monza quali


    Monza quali Official press release

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    Artem Markelov (1m31.922s) will start Monza’s feature race from fourth on the grid determined to chase his first podium finish at ‘The Temple of Speed’ as the famous 3.6-mile Autodromo is known.
    Artem was always among the front runners, just 0.04s behind practice pace setter Sergio Sette Camara and then 0.37s behind championship leader George Russell’s pole position time (1m31.546s.) Sergio Sette Camara was second quickest, ahead of Alexander Albon.