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.
Artem ran a long first stint on Pirelli’s Prime tyre, at which point he led on the road, then had to wait until the end of one of four Virtual Safety Car periods in the race to switch to the Option rubber with just four laps remaining. He then managed to claim the additional two points for the race’s fastest lap as he took the chequered flag. Tadasuke, meanwhile, ran the Option tyre for 15 laps of the race’s 36 laps before stopping to go onto the Prime tyre. George Russell won his first F2 race, ahead of Nyck De Vries and Lando Norris.
Artem Markelov: «The car felt very different compared to qualifying, but then it has felt different at all the races! It seems like we have a chassis imbalance and will make changes for Monaco where, hopefully, it will work better. Eighth position gives me pole for tomorrow and I’m aiming to make a good start and open a gap to the guys behind.”
Tadasuke Makino: «I followed up Azerbaijan with more points but I felt as if I was struggling a little during my Prime tyre stint, I don’t really know why. The car felt bettter on the Option tyre and at the end of the race there was nothing I could do to resist Artem on his fresh Option rubber.
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «That was strong damage limitation for Artem after his difficulties in qualifying. Taking the extra points for fastest lap was particularly good and he has an opportunity to build on today with pole position for tomorrow’s Sprint race. Realistically I don’t think we could have hoped for anything more. Congratulations to Tadasuke too – his second successive feature race in a solid points-scoring position.”