Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin led from lights-to-flag to win his first Formula Renault 3.5 Series race at the Moscow Raceway. The Fortec Motorsports driver held off the challenge of Swiss driver Zoel Amberg of AV Formula to take the victory by 0.829s.
The race was delayed when front-row starter Pierre Gasly of Arden Motorsport, Oliver Rowland of Fortec (sixth on the grid) and Carlos Sainz Jr of DAMS (sixteenth) all stalled on the grid, putting all three into the pit lane for the start.
Sainz and Rowland were able to join the race at the back, but Gasly was further delayed in the pits and joined the race a lap down. Rowland was all over the back of Sainz’s car while racing for seventeenth and eighteenth position, but the two collided at the final corner, eliminating the Briton from the race on the seventh lap.
Sirotkin made a good start to lead into the first corner while Amberg took advantage of the missing Gasly to slot into a comfortable second position. The podium was completed by Pietro Fantin of International Draco Racing who managed to pass Roberto Merhi at the first corner and then progressively pulled away from the Zeta Corse driver who was busy holding off the challenge of Jazeman Jaafar; the ISR Racing driver ultimately unsuccessful in attempting to take fourth from the Spaniard.
Caterham F1 test driver Will Stevens had a quiet race to sixth for Strakka Racing, while the two Lotus drivers Marlon Stockinger and Richie Stanaway finished seventh and ninth, with the second Strakka Racing machine of Matias Lainé in between them in eighth, while Oscar Tunjo took his first point of his fledgling Formula Renault 3.5 Series career in tenth for Pons Racing.
Despite the incident with Rowland, which the stewards will investigate after the race, Sainz Jr finished down in fourteenth as DAMS’ disappointing weekend continued. He could only manage to pass Luca Ghiotto and Marco Sorensen when the two drivers made driving mistakes towards the end of the race.
Moscow Raceway Race 1 Result
|1||Sergey Sirotkin||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||40m17.408s|
|2||Zoel Amberg||SWI||AV Formula||+0.829s|
|3||Pietro Fantin||BRZ||International Draco Racing||+5.749s|
|4||Roberto Merhi||ESP||Zeta Corse||+8.099s|
|6||Will Stevens||GBR||Strakka Racing||+22.267s|
|8||Matias Lainé||FIN||Strakka Racing||+25.552s|
|10||Oscar Tunjo||COL||Pons Racing||+31.303s|
|11||William Buller||GBR||Arden Motorsport||+35.015s|
|12||Roman Mavlanov||RUS||Zeta Corse||+45.748s|
|13||Beitske Visser||NED||AV Formula||+52.322s|
|14||Carlos Sainz Jr||ESP||DAMS||+52.753s|
|15||Marco Sorensen||DEN||Tech 1 Racing||+53.216s|
|16||Luca Ghiotto||ITA||International Draco Racing||+54.137s|
|18||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Arden Motorsport||+1 Lap|
|RET||Meindert van Buuren||NED||Pons Racing||14 Laps|
|RET||Oliver Rowland||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||6 Laps|