Great Start Gave Matsushita Advantage ahead of Hungaroring Victory


Nobuharu Matsushita took a super Sprint race victory in Hungary - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nobuharu Matsushita secured his second victory of the 2017 campaign during Sunday’s Sprint race at the Hungaroring, with a great start propelling him to the front of the field from fourth on the grid.

Slow getaways from polesitter Alexander Albon and his fellow front row starter Norman Nato gave the Japanese racer the opportunity to take the lead, and despite a small mistake at turn four mid-distance where he briefly ran off track, he was never threatened from behind to take the victory.

The ART Grand Prix driver hopes the result in Hungary leads into a period of strong results, especially with some tracks coming up where Matsushita expects the team to have good pace.

“Degradation was quite big but I had good pace and was managing it, and in case of a safety car I just drove safely and managed the tyres,” said Matsushita on fiaformula2.com. “It was a good race, I think.

“I always have confidence with the start, and today I knew it would be good because of the grip. This morning there was a GP3 race so I put down more power, and it was a good stop.

“We’ve had some difficult weekends after Monaco, where we always had the pace but I couldn’t make it work, but I think Spa and Monza are our favourite tracks, we were quite quick last year, and I hope it will be another podium like these guys and we can continue like that.

“I want to be in the top 3 this year, so I will push!”