Russian Time endured a challenging Hungaroring Sprint race as pole position starter Artem Markelov experienced extreme tyre degradation and dropped to 13th position by the chequered flag, while team mate Tadasuke Makino brought his car home in 12th place.
The combination of a circuit on which it is very difficult to overtake, the lack of opportunity for strategic flexibility and extremely high track temnperatures all worked against Artem, who did not get the greatest of starts and was down to fourth place by Turn 1. Tada, meanwhile, spent much of the early part of the race running right behind championship leader George Russell, who had the same problems trying to pass cars as everyone else.
Alexander Albon won, ahead of Luca Ghiotto and Sergio Sette Camara.
Tadasuke Makino: «There is not a lot you can do when you start a race down the field at Hungaroring and you have to make the tyres last. It’s probably only Monaco where it is more difficult to pass and even that doesn’t have the tyre degradation that you experience here. I’m happy to have scored points in the Feature race yesterday and look forward to Spa after the summer break.”
Artem Markelov: “The start wasn’t great and in T1 I was P4, then fighting for P3 trough Turns 2/3. By lap 3 I was already struggling with the rear because we’d gone a bit too sensitive on the front for the Sprint race. But I certainly wasn’t expecting tyre degradation that early! After that I was just trying to
survive until the end and we ended up P13! Hopefully Spa will be much better than this one and Russian Time will be back on top.”
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Well, that race didn’t work out how we hoped! It was a big task for everyone to make the tyres last in hot conditions that painted a very different picture to the one we saw yesterday. Tada was in better shape than Artem at the end but neither could score points. Artem now turns his attention to his Renault F1 test on Wednesday.”