Russian Time achieved a double points score in the Hungaroring Feature race with Artem Markelov finishing eighth to secure pole position for tomorrow’s Sprint race, and Japanese rookie team mate Tadasuke Makino finishing ninth, less than a second behind him after an excellent drive from the back of the grid following a problematic qualifying day.
The race was started in wet conditions with a dry line emerging and drivers running the first part on wet tyres before changing to slicks. The team made a good early call with Tada, bringing him in after 12 of the 34 laps and seeing him set fastest lap shortly afterwards. Artem pitted three laps later as his wet tyres lost grip. His pace then came alive, allowing him to pick off rival cars and take that all-important eighth place on the very last lap.
The race was won by Nyck De Vries, ahead of Lando Norris and Antonio Fuoco.
Artem Markelov: «That was a race of two halves. There was not a lot of grip on the wet tyres at the start of the race and I lost some positions, but was able to make them up again when we swapped onto slicks. I managed to go inside Fukuzumi into Turn 1 and then got Merhi further around the last lap. Tomorrow looks like a different kind of race with 30C and sun forecast by race start time, so I will do everything I can to take another win from pole position.”
Tadasuke Makino: “Hungaroring is a very difficult track on which to pass and after my qualifying issues I would not have expected to be able to finish in the points again! But the weather made it a very different kind of race, I picked up five positions on the first lap and was going really well. The team did a good job strategically and I was able to finish right behind Artem.”
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Congratulations to both drivers. It’s easy to make mistakes in those conditions but Artem judged his moves really well to win us the Sprint race pole and Tada was excellent. He started from the back through no fault of his own and battled to score points for the sixth time this year – a great performance. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow!”