Artem Markelov finished second for the second time in two days in the Monza F2 Sprint race after starting seventh on the grid and leading the 21-lap race by lap six. It brings his total of GP2/F2 podiums to 16! A victory was within Artem’s grasp before a mistake into the tight first chicane allowed championship leader George Russell through, the Briton winning by just 1.05s.
Team mate Tadasuke Makino, who won yesterday’s Feature race from 14th on the grid, started eighth in the reverse grid race. The Japanese F2 rookie passed championship contender Lando Norris before he locked up under braking, flat-spotted a tyre and needed an unscheduled pitstop, dropping him down to 14th. Sergio Sette Camara took the final podium place.
Artem Markelov: "I’m happy to take 32 points for myself and the team and to stand on Monza’s podium twice, never having done that before! It could have been the top step in both races. There wasn’t much I could have done yesterday when the reverse strategy proved quicker, but today I locked the left-front braking for Turn 1 and had to run straight on, which let Russell through. My home race at Sochi is next and I’m looking forward to that!”
Tadasuke Makino: “Needing to make a pit stop put me out of contention today but the weekend has been a great one for me. Winning my first F2 race at such a track was a dream and the strong pace all weekend is good for my confidence level and shows the progress we are making.”
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): "Artem has great fighting spirit and so might not be too impressed with second when he thinks it could have been first, but 32 points from the weekend is more than any other driver and shows his level all weekend. And, as a team, we are all delighted to have helped Tada to his first win at this level yesterday. Sochi will be busy, with Artem out in both F2 and in the Renault in F1’s first free practice session on Friday!”