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Red Bull Ring second race results: P4 and P11

07/03/2016

Red Bull Ring second race results: P4 and P11

Italian Raffaele Marciello increased his GP2 championship lead to 10 points with a fine drive to fourth place in the Red Bull Ring sprint race.

Team mate Artem Markelov had to be content with 11th place from 18th on the grid after his incident in Satuday's feature race. The young Russian tried a bold early stop for slicks as the track dried, which could have paid dividends had an ensuing safety car period lasted a lap longer.

The race saw an all-British podium with Jordan King ahead of Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn. After four rounds the drivers' championship is tight, with Marciello on 66 points, from Mitch Evans, 56; Norman Nato, 55, and Markelov and Rowland with 54.

Raffaele Marciello: «I was very strong initially and without the second of two safety cars I think it was another podium for sure. After the second one I struggled a bit with the rear tyres but fourth is good for the championship, and we can be happy with the weekend overall. Consistency is important and the team is working well.»

Artem Markelov: «For the first six laps or so I was struggling a little and just trying to keep the car on the road. I then made progress but had a spin at Turn 3 and so we gambled on an early change to slicks. If the last safety car had been a lap longer I would have been looking good!»

Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Raffaele drove a good race, attacking when he had the pace and pulling off a lovely pass of Nato in Turns 6/7, then defending when the tyres started to go off. Stopping Artem early could have been inspired but it didn't quite work out for us. It's very satisfying that we are the only team to have scored points in both races at every round and now lead the teams' championship by 20 points as we head towards three races in the next four weekends.»

 




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