Two points in a difficult Barcelona Sprint race


Two points in a difficult Barcelona Sprint race

Luca Ghiotto salvaged two points from a difficult Barcelona Sprint race for Russian Time after Artem Markelov bogged down on pole position and finished the opening lap in ninth place, where he ultimately finished.

Ghiotto finished the race where he started – seventh- after his strong second place in Saturday's feature event, with much of his race dictated by tyre management and DRS overtakes on Barcelona's long straight. Ghiotto is one of just five drivers to have scored points in all four races thus far this season.

ART's Nobuharu Matsushita won, ahead of Oliver Rowland and Nicholas Latifi.

Luca Ghiotto: «I had a good opening lap and was up to fourth but when I lost the DRS range from Matsushita I was a bit of an easy target for those behind with DRS. I was also struggling with the tyres from quite early in the race and needed to manage them to be a bit stronger at the end. Not ideal, but the points keep me third in the championship.»

Artem Markelov: «That was frustrating! It felt as if the clutch was burning out, I made a poor start and got swamped by the field into Turn 1. I tried to fight back, passed King around the outside of Turn 10 and was hanging onto Leclerc, but I paid the price with the tyres later on. Spain hasn't been kind to me and so on to Monaco, where it would be nice to win again after last year!»

Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Artem has made some great starts but on pole today, he had an issue with the clutch that we will look into. Luca had a really good first lap and made up three positions but was unfortunate with the way the DRS overtakes worked out and the need to look after his tyres. We took fewer points from the weekend than our main rivals but are just three points behind Prema and DAMS in the Teams' Championship, so onwards and upwards, hopefully starting in Monte Carlo!»

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