The Silverstone GP2 weekend continued in similarly disappointing vein to the qualifying day for Mitch Evans and Artem Markelov.
The Russian driver was involved in an opening lap collision with Nathanael Berthon that saw the Russian Time car launched airborne. Markelov required an unscheduled pit stop for a replacement nose. He was then given a 10s penalty for causing the collision and, adding insult to injury, suffered a further 10s stop/go penalty for failing to observe yellow flags.
The fortunes of Kiwi Evans were no better. After starting 20th on the grid, he battled his way into 11th place as the pit stops began, but was forced to retire when the protective cockpit head padding detached itself on the Hangar Straight.
Artem Markelov’s brave bid for his first GP2 victory came to an end at half distance in Sunday’s 28-lap reverse grid race at the spectacular Red Bull Ring. Starting fourth after his fine fifth place in Saturday’s feature race, Markelov judged the braking point for the first corner to perfection and emerged in second place.