• Artem 3rd in Monaco quali


    Artem 3rd in Monaco quali Official press release

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    Artem Markelov will start the Monte Carlo F2 feature race from the second row of the grid after an amazingly tight qualifying session ahead of tomorrow’s blue riband event on the F2 calendar.

    In Monaco the 20-car F2 field is split into two groups of 10 and Artem topped Group A with a lap in 1m21.834s until DAMS driver Alexander Albon pipped him with 1m21.727s in the dying seconds of the session to claim pole position.

    In Group B, Prema driver Nyck De Vries (1m21.737) lapped just a hundredth of a second slower than Albon to claim the other front row starting position, with Russian Time’s Japanese driver Tadasuke Makino (1m22.420s) doing an impressive job to set sixth quickest time in on his first experience of the demading 2-mile track around the streets of the Monaco Principality.
  • Barcelona race 2: P9 and DNF


    Barcelona race 2: P9 and DNF Official press release

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    Artem Markelov and Tadasuke Makino were left to reflect on a disappointing Barcelona sprint race. Artem, after suffering front suspension damage on the opening lap, fell down the order after lining up on pole position. Tadasuke was taken out just five laps into the 26-lap race by fellow Japanese driver Nirei Fukuzumi.
  • Barcelona race 1: P8&P9


    Barcelona race 1: P8&P9 Official press release

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    Artem Markelov and Tadasuke Makino scored a double helping of points in today’s Barcelona feature race, with Artem passing his team mate on the last lap to finish eighth and claim the sprint race pole position despite starting 19th on the grid.
  • Barcelona quali


    Barcelona quali Official press release

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    Tadasuke Makino (1m28.620s) turned in an impressive performance to qualify seventh for just his third F2 start at Circuit de Catalunya, with a time that was only a quarter of a second away from a place on the front row of the Barcelona grid.
    Team mate Artem Markelov (1m29.585s), meanwhile, had another frustrating qualifying Friday. Starting 19th he faces a tough feature race on a track at which overtaking is never easy. Markelov ran wide at the fast, uphill Turn 9 on his first run, in a car he found unbalanced and was never happy with.
  • Baku race 2


    Baku race 2 Official press release

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    Tadasuke Makino drove a good race to finish 10th in the Baku sprint race taking into consideration a down-on-power engine that left him a sitting duck on Baku City Circuit’s 2.1km main straight. Without that, the young Japanese driver, who was sixth at the end of the first lap, looked well set to add to the two points he scored in the feature event.

    The team had more engine issues with Artem Markelov’s car after a failure put him out of Saturday’s main event. With a new power unit installed overnight, Markelov was the latest to suffer the clutch difficulties that have plagued a number of drivers this year. After stalling on the grid and being started in the pitlane, Artem suffered a loss of engine power on the opening lap and was forced to retire the car. GP3 champion George Russell took his first F2 win.
  • Baku race 1


    Baku race 1 Official press release

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    An eventful Baku F2 feature race saw Tadasuke Makino finish ninth after stalling on the grid and having to start from the pitlane. Artem Markelov started 15th after a troubled practice/qualifying day and got as high as fourth before ulimately retiring six laps from the end with an engine failure.