2013 FR3.5 Round 5: Moscow
19th June 2013, 13:48 at 1:48 pm #133295
World Series by Renault returns this weekend with both the 3.5 and the 2.0 Eurocup rounds at Moscow. The only change in the driver line-up is that Carlos Sainz, Jr. will not take part this weekend (that would have meant him racing in six consecutive weekends from FR3.5 at Monaco to GP3 at Nurburgring, BTW). He will be replaced at Zeta Corse by British driver William Buller, who is currently participating in the FIA F3 European championship for Fortec. Buller becomes the sixth driver to race for Zeta Corse.22nd June 2013, 8:24 at 8:24 am #238117
Stoffel Vandoorne will start race 1 from pole position. Antonio Felix da Costa was just .036s slower and starts second, while Magnussen qualified third, 0.4s slower than the leading pair. However, Magnussen’s two best lap times have been deleting because he blocked Huertas and Da Costa – at the moment, I’m not sure how this will affect the starting grid. Anyway, Melker qualified an impressive fourth, from Buller, Webb, Stockinger and Stevens.
Race 1 will start at 11:00 UK time and is shown live on Eurosport.22nd June 2013, 8:35 at 8:35 am #23811822nd June 2013, 10:37 at 10:37 am #238119
Nasty crash for Foresti. Closed the door on Martsenko, got tipped over and went upside-down across a gravel trap, coming to rest against a tyre barrier. Yikes! Seems to be OK though.
Here it is, thanks to some speedy Youtubing by somebody.22nd June 2013, 10:54 at 10:54 am #238120
Stoffel Vandoorne wins race 1! Antonio Felix da Costa finished second and Nigel Melker completed the podium. Championship leader Magnussen overtook a lot of drivers in the first couple of laps but got stuck behind Pic. He eventually overtook him, but finished just outside the points in eleventh. Very proud to see two Dutch-speaking drivers on the podium by the way :)
Foresti’s crash looked frightening! Thank goodness he’s OK, though it looked he hurt his arm.
In other news: this apparently was Daniil Move’s 100th race in FR3.5 – though I’m not sure one should celebrate or mourn this…22nd June 2013, 11:00 at 11:00 am #23812122nd June 2013, 11:01 at 11:01 am #23812222nd June 2013, 11:07 at 11:07 am #238123
Race 2, with pitstops, is live on Eurosport 2 tomorrow (from 10.45 UK).
Eurosport seem to have remembered they have the rights to this series…
Another strong win for Vandoorne – would be nice if McLaren rewarded him with an F1 drive at the Young Drivers’ Test. Magnussen deserves a go too. Both wearing black helmets, of course.22nd June 2013, 11:41 at 11:41 am #238124
@tomsk I think it might be Vandoorne, as Magnussen ran in Abu Dhabi last year already. Or they could split the running.
Magnussen’s 11th is very good for the championship, top 3 within a race win now. Great battle between three very talented youngsters.22nd June 2013, 11:47 at 11:47 am #238125
@andae23 @wsrgo According to Forix Sunday’s race will be Move’s 100th appearance in an FR3.5 race. Today was his 97th start and 99th appearance. He had a DNQ at Monaco and 2007 and a DNS at the second race at Magny-Cours in 2010.
(Insert usual whinge about looking anything up on Wikipedia being a complete waste of time here.)
And yes, it is a joke that a driver has managed to accumulate that many starts in a feeder series.22nd June 2013, 12:06 at 12:06 pm #238126
@keithcollantine Wikipedia says he has had 93 starts. It was actually the official WSR Twitter account that said so:
I would look it up, but to be honest I really couldn’t care less :P22nd June 2013, 13:28 at 1:28 pm #238127
@keithcollantine @andae23 Well, FR3.5 used to be a rejectful series till a few years ago, so I can very much understand Move staying on year-after-year. What I cannot fathom is that now, when the stock of this series is increasing by leaps and bounds, he still found a race seat with a team that won the championship in 2006!23rd June 2013, 11:19 at 11:19 am #238128
Stoffel Vandoorne wins again at Moscow, beating fellow McLaren junior Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens. Vandoorne is now leading the WSR standings. Apart from that, Red Bull Junior Antonio Felix da Costa retired from the race.23rd June 2013, 13:23 at 1:23 pm #238129
Vandoorne is phenomenal. Where is da Costa this year? Sure, he’s had two retirements, but he’s not as frightening as last year.23rd June 2013, 15:32 at 3:32 pm #238130
I think Da Costa had the advantage of not having to race for the championship last year, while Frijns, Bianchi and Bird were getting more careful as the season progressed. That allowed Magnussen and Da Costa to race freely, which does help a little, the field being close helps as well.
There might also be a mental factor involved; he came in last year and won, won, won, and now he’s finding himself in a much tougher fight. That might have gotten between his ears as well and raised the pressure on him; countless people (myself included) imagined he’d walk away with this year’s title. If someone like Christian Horner, Franz Tost, Helmut Marko or even the big boss himself expressed that expectation too, that might cause him some concern.
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