Artem Markelov finished sixth in the Silverstone F2 feature race with Japanese team mate Tadasuke Makino ninth on the road but relegated to 12th by a 5 second time penalty for an infringement during a Virtual Safety Car period.
Artem started eighth on the grid but was hampered throughout by intermittent issues with the throttle safety mode sensor in Turn 1. When the car was working as it should, Artem was quick, pulling off a good pass of Nyck De Vries and finishing right on the tail of a fourth-place fight between Louis Deletraz and former Russian Time team mate Luca Ghiotto.
The race saw a second 2018 victory for Alexander Albon, ahead of championship leader George Russell and Antonio Fuoco.
Artem Markelov: «The throttle problem was costing me a rev drop in Turn 1, which was affecting me all the way to Turn 2, meaning I was vulnerable at some points and got overtaken. I kept fighting though, got past De Vries and picked up another position when Sette Camara retired. Hopefully we can solve the issue for tomorrow and I will be able to fight harder.”
Tadasuke Makino: “Starting 17th, we adopted the reverse strategy and ran the prime tyre first. That meant that when the leaders on the option Pirellis pitted, I led my first F2 race and actually set the fastest lap to that point. It was the right strategy call and I was into the top 10 and heading for points for the third successive race before my time penalty spoiled that.”
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Both drivers had really strong races that would have been even better if not for Artem’s throttle problem and Tada’s VSC issue. Off the track, England have done their bit in the World Cup and Russia are up tonight! I’m just a bit worried that if we meet next week and it goes the wrong (or right!) way, the boys might not bother fitting Artem’s wheels in Budapest!”