Artem Markelov: “Second place is good for the championship!”

Artem Markelov finished second in the Feature race at Monaco - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Artem Markelov secured second place during Friday’s Feature race around the streets of Monaco, and coupled with a fifth place on Saturday moved back into contention for the championship.

The Russian Time driver was patient throughout the race on Friday but was unable to find a way passed eventual race winner Oliver Rowland, but despite this Markelov was happy with the strong pace and result.

“Not quite last year maybe, but second place is good for the championship!” said Markelov. “I tried to attack Rowland at the second restart but he was very quick and I then looked after the option tyre to try to attack him again at the end.

“I am more patient this year! I got very close but it’s hard to pass at Monaco. The team strategy was strong and I think the second place is everything we could have taken from the race today.”

Starting seventh for Saturday’s Sprint race, Markelov made up one position heading into turn one, and later pulled off an excellent move on Alexander Albon into La Rascasse to finish fifth, one place behind team-mate Luca Ghiotto.

“On the one hand, fifth is not what you aspire to, but if someone told you that you are going to make up two places around Monaco, you would probably take it!” admitted Markelov.

“I was pleased with the overtake on Albon: I came quite late and probably caught him a little by surprise. It was tight, but I made it, and the extra points for fastest lap are a satisfying bonus.”