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  • Happy birthday, Tada!

    06/28/2018

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    We are glad to greet Tadasuke Makino on his 21 birthday! Be happy!
  • Paul Richard race 2

    06/24/2018

    Paul Richard race 2

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    Russian Time failed to add to its drivers’ or teams’ championship points tally after problematic races for both Tadasuke Makino and Artem Markelov.

    After finishing ninth on the road in Saturday’s Feature race, Tadasuke collected an additional two points and was promoted to eighth when podium finisher Roberto Merhi was found to have contravened the mimimum tyre pressure regulations and was disqualified. Significantly, that meant Tadasuke lined up on pole position for today’s reverse-grid race race, but continuing start problems meant that he was down to fifth place by Turn 1. His troubles worsened when throttle sensor issues led to the engine safety mode cutting in, causing the Japanese F2 rookie to retire just five laps into the 21-lap race.

    For Renault development driver Artem, more sensor issues prompted a repeat of Saturday’s starting grid problem and for the second successive day, he stalled on the line – problems that also afflicted series leader Lando Norris on Saturday and Feature race winner George Russell today.
  • Paul Richard race 1

    06/23/2018

    Paul Richard race 1 Official press release

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    There were mixed emotions for Russian Time in France today. Japanese driver Tadasuke Makino continued his impressive rookie F2 season with another points score when he finished ninth amid tricky mixed conditions that saw him narrowly miss out on eighth position and Sunday’s Sprint race pole position.

    Artem Markelov, meanwhile, was once again affected by the difficulty of getting this year’s cars off the grid as both he and series leader Lando Norris failed to get underway as the lights went out. After being pushed into the pitlane and finding himself a lap down, Artem regularly set lap times that were comparable or even stronger than the race leaders. Despite his best efforts, 15th was the result and he faces another challenging race tomorrow.
  • Paul Richard quali

    06/22/2018

    Paul Richard quali Official press release

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    Artem Markelov will start the Paul Ricard F2 feature race 7th on the grid with a best qualifying lap of 1m45.250s around the 5.84km French circuit which returns to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 1990 and makes its debut on the F2 schedule.

    Artem was eighth quickest after the first qualifying runs, with Japanese team mate Tadasuke Makino ninth, just a couple of tenths behind. But, as Artem found almost half a second on his second run to improve his starting position one slot, Tadasuke fell victim to traffic and failed to improve his time, dropping to 16th on the grid.
  • P4 for Artem in Monaco

    05/26/2018

    P4 for Artem in Monaco Official press release

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    Artem Markelov followed up his Monte Carlo feature race win with a fighting fourth place in Saturday’s reverse grid sprint race. Japanese team mate Tadasuke Makino continued his unfortunate first visit to Monaco, stalling on the grid and being hit by former Russian Time driver Luca Ghiotto.
    Artem did not seem to be familiar with the idea that overtaking is impossible around Monaco. Starting eighth, he was fifth by the end of lap two and took fourth when he dived down the inside of Arjun Marni at Rascasse just after half distance. He then set about Louis Deletraz, trying both the inside and outside at the first corner and then even on the flat-out ascent up the hill into Casino Square. Ultimately though, two late-race Safety Cars spoiled his challenge and he had to be satisfied with fourth as the 30-lap race finished behind the offficial Mercedes.  
  • Artem wins in Monaco!

    05/25/2018

    Artem wins in Monaco! Official press release

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    Artem Markelov scored a fine victory in a dramatic Monte Carlo F2 feature race – his second in three years! – and also claimed the 27-point maximum with the race’s fastest lap. Russian Time team mate Tadasuke Makino was unfortunate to be taken out when he was hit on the run to the first corner.

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