Artem Markelov finished a fighting fourth in the reverse-grid Silverstone sprint race after once again having to contend with electronic issues that affected both gear-shifting and DRS operation. The Silverstone weekend is his fourth double-points score of the season after Bahrain, Monaco and Austria.
Japanese rookie team mate Tadasuke Makino raced hard and showed good pace on the way to 11th place. He finished just 6s behind Saturday race winner Alexander Albon, who claimed the final point for eigth place on a Silverstone circuit at which overtaking is not easy.
The race was won by Max Gunther, who took his second Sprint race podium, ahead of championship pace setters George Russell and Lando Norris.
Artem Markelov: "I’m sure I could have had a fifth 2018 podium today. Once again I had electronic problems. When I was trying to overtake De Vries I lost time when the gearbox went into neutral from second gear. I also had trouble with the DRS only working intermittently, so again it’s been a tricky and slighty frustrating weekend from the technical point of view."
Tadasuke Makino: "Silverstone is a fast track and satisfying to drive but overtaking is not straightforward. I was happy to get past Aitken’s ART car and open out a 4s advantage by the end of the race. Although I didn’t score points today, that shows what good pace we had: my quickest race lap was only two hundredths slower than Artem’s."
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): "We may not have been on the podium this weekend but the pace has been strong from both drivers. Artem battled hard when his electronic problems allowed him to and Tada’s quickest race lap was faster than the race winner’s and the fifth best overall. Let’s hope we can go to Budapest and have a trouble-free weekend on the electronic side. Artem is still just 23 points behind second place in the championship and Tada has finished in the points five times already in his F2 debut season."