Palou Stuns on Formula V8 3.5 Debut to Take Maiden Victory


Alex Palou took his maiden Formula V8 3.5 win at the Nurburgring on Sunday - Credit: Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

Alex Palou stunned the World Series Formula V8 3.5 paddock by taking his maiden victory in the second race of his debut weekend in the championship at the Nurburgring.

The Spaniard, racing in place of the absent Nelson Mason in Germany for Teo Martin Motorsport, secured two pole positions as well, but after finishing outside the points in race one on Saturday due to a first lap clash with Pietro Fittipaldi and a subsequent broken front wing, it all came good on Sunday morning.

Palou kept the lead at the start of the race but fell behind Matevos Isaakyan during the pit stop cycle after the Russian timed his switch from wet tyres to slicks to perfection, but a mistake by the SMP Racing by AVF driver allowed Palou back into the lead, from where he dominated to win by 9.541 seconds.

“The race was really good,” said Palou. “We started behind safety car even it wasn’t necessary but is always good starting from Pole because it’s easy to maintain first place.

“We were really fast in wet conditions but then we were a late for the pit stop to change to slick tyres”.

“We returned to the track in P2 three seconds behind the leader but even we were fast he made a mistake so we take advantage and extended the gap to win the race so I’m really happy today!”