Artem Markelov finished a fighting sixth from 10th on the grid in the Spa Francorchamps F2 Feature race, with team mate Tadasuke Makino coming away with 12th place on his first visit to the challenging Ardennes track.
Artem, starting on the prime tyre, passed Deletraz into La Souce on Lap 3, and then Albon and Fukuzumi on successive laps at the chicane. He was past Ghiotto on lap 7 and then Fuoco at Les Combes two laps later. He led the race by lap 11 as the front runners on the opposite option/prime strategy started to pit. Artem made his mandatory tyre stop onto the option compound Pirelli tyre 14 laps into the race’s 25, with a Safety Car intervention coming a lap later.
Tenth when the official Mercedes pulled off, Artem passed Deletraz and Albon for the second and then spent the rest of the race battling hard with former Russian Time team mate Luca Ghiotto, whom he narrowly passed on the outside out of the final corner to cross the line sixth! The race was won by Nyck De Vries, ahead of Sergio Sette Camara and George Russell.
Artem Markelov : “I couldn’t repeat my Feature race win from last year but I gave it everything I had and it was satisfying to pull off as many overtaking moves at different parts of the circuit. I got Luca right at the end and a second row start in the Sprint race will allow me to fight again for the podium.”
Tadasuke Makino: “After a decent qualifying yesterday, unfortunately I lost four places on the opening lap. I fought hard and was able to recover three of them to finish just a couple of positions outside the points and just over 10s behind Artem at the flag. I will attack hard again tomorrow.”
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): “That race perfectly illustrated the fighting spirit that Artem brings to every race he does. He pulled off so many well-judged overtaking moves at different parts of the track and worked really hard for his sixth place. Spa is a track that all racers enjoy but it’s fast and challenging and Tada can also be pleased with his performance this weekend.”
Все знают и любят вызовы, которые приходится решать в Спа, и Тада отлично поработал, квалифицировавшись сразу за десяткой лучших. Надеюсь, он тоже сильно проведет гонку при старте с одиннадцатой позиции».