Paul Richard race 2


Paul Richard race 2

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.

Artem Markelov: “They say that to finish first, first you have to finish. I’ve got pretty good at that but, to finish, first you have to start – and that didn’t happen for me this weekend! Obviously there are some sensor issues that we need to get on top of before Austria next weekend.” 

Tadasuke Makino: «We had good pace in the Feature race and I was optimistic that, starting on pole, I would score my first F2 podium today. But, when the lights changed, the car was very slow to respond to the throttle and I was swamped by cars on the first three rows. I was holding my own in fifth position when the power started to cut in and out. Very disappointing.” 

Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Racing is sometimes like this but it was a great pity for Tadasuke after his efforts yesterday rewarded him with pole position today. Throttle sensor problems compromised both drivers today when, once again, we saw three cars fail to start properly. The leading three drivers in the championship were all hit by those problems this weekend.”

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