Nick Yelloly Satisfied With Sixth From First Barcelona Race

Nick Yelloly (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)
Nick Yelloly (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)

Nick Yelloly continued his superb star to his Formula Renault 3.5 career with his second sixth place in succession.

What's more, the Pons driver finished second in the rookie class behind Alexander Rossi.

Yelloly began the weekend well by setting the second fastest time in the collective test on Friday, but was seventh in a hugely disruptive qualifying session which saw two red flags.

However, the 20 year-old-made an impressive start and was up to fifth at the end of the opening lap and began to pressurize championship challenger Jean-Eric Vergne.

He then fended off the advances of Kevin Korjus as the race reached its conclusion and on lap 26 the pair touched, with Yelloly tipping the over-optimistic Korjus into a spin.

The collision, which was deemed a racing incident by the stewards, allowed the Brit to continue and despite losing a place to Sergio Canamasas whilst he and Korjus tangled, went on to take his third top six finish and his fourth rookie podium visit in his first five races.

He said: “We tried a different set-up in Friday's free practice, which wasn't really to my liking so we switched it back for the second and the car was much better managing a promising second place. In qualifying this morning I really struggled to get a clear lap in between two red flag periods and ended up seventh. It's very hard to overtake here and I knew that qualifying would be crucial to get a good finish.

“I made a good start to get up to fifth but over the last 20 laps or so, the rear tyres went off and I was suffering with oversteer. I lost a place to Korjus when we touched, but I'm happy to have taken another podium finish in the rookie class in only my fifth World Series by Renault race. Now we'll study the data, then consider our options with regards to set-up for tomorrow's qualifying and aim for another top six finish and podium to round out the season.”