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Max Fewtrell: “It is now vital that we keep this momentum going”

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Max Fewtrell & Christian Lundgaard - R-ace GP & MP Motorsport - Red Bull Ring
Credit: Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

Max Fewtrell became the first driver in 2018 to win three times in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship, although his victory in race one at the Red Bull Ring was rewarded with only half points thanks to the race being called early due to the weather.

The R-ace GP driver had started from pole position and was leading comfortably when the race was halted after a brief safety car period as torrential rain hit the track, with the Briton claiming the win ahead of Richard Verschoor and Lorenzo Colombo.

“It is never ideal to be in the lead when it begins to rain!” said Fewtrell on RenaultSport.com.  “It was really tricky, I was lucky not to end up in the gravel and I think that nearly everyone got caught out at turn two.

“Considering the conditions, I didn’t think we could continue. I was thus rather confident during the red flag and this win once again shows that we have the pace to take pole positions and win races. It is now vital that we keep this momentum going.”

Fewtrell was unable to repeat his victory on Sunday but the Briton finished third on the road, which became second when Colombo was penalised for jumping the start.  His position, coupled with the win for team-mate Victor Martins and a third place for MP Motorsport’s Christian Lundgaard, ensured Renault Sport Academy drivers locked out the podium places.

“The key today was to either know how to hold onto your position or just go for it,” said Fewtrell.  “The objective was to outscore my rivals and that is exactly what I did.

“I am quite happy with this result, although it was rather difficult to follow the other cars. Compared to yesterday, I had to deal with severe tyre degradation and we need to analyse why.

“I have total confidence in my team and I think we will have a solid weekend at Spa next week.”

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