Jean-Eric Vergne gets going! Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) has been chasing an elusive first success since the start of the season. After getting off to an excellent start today, the French driver produced the perfect race to pull off his ...
Jean-Eric Vergne gets going!
Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) has been chasing an elusive first success since the start of the season. After getting off to an excellent start today, the French driver produced the perfect race to pull off his first win in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, ahead of Nathanael Berthon (Epsilon Euskadi) and Miki Monras (SG Formula). In fourth place, Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy) cashes in on Albert Costa's (Espilon Euskadi) retirement, to go back to the top of the overall standings.
In front of a big crowd enjoying the Budapest sun, Jean-Eric Vergne surprised pole-sitter Marco Sorensen (Motopark Academy) by getting the better start and leading him through the first corner. The Motopark Academy drivers made a hapless race start after impressing so much in qualifying. Kuba Giermaziak (Motopark Academy), obstructed by Sorensen, put his wheels on the grass and ended up hitting Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy) in the first bend. Nathanael Berthon (Epsilon Euskadi), Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) and Miki Monras (SG Formula) were only too pleased to take advantage of the situation.
Jean-Eric Vergne completed the first lap in the lead, ahead of Marco Sorensen, Nathanael Berthon, Albert Costa, Miki Monras and Antonio Felix da Costa. As Vergne pulled away, Costa was attacking Berthon while Felix da Costa looked for an opening to pass Monras.
The race order stabilised. After five laps, Jean-Eric Vergne had built up a lead of three seconds over Marco Sorensen. The Dane was now faced with an increasing threat from the chasing group of Berthon, Costa, Monras and Felix da Costa. Further back, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was pulling out all the stops to get past Nigel Melker (MP Motorsport) to move up to 9th. The Dutch driver did all he could but Adrian Quaife-Hobbs found a way through in the end.
In lap 9, Nathanael Berthon overtook Marco Sorensen. Albert Costa also made the most of the opening to get the better of Sorensen. This put the Epsilon Euskadi drivers in second and third places, five seconds back from race leader Vergne. However, on the next lap, Albert Costa was forced to halt his car at the side of the track, due to an incipient rear blaze.
Jean-Eric Vergne and Nathanael Berthon held their positions right to the chequered flag. So Vergne was able to claim his first win in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, allowing his to get moving with his championship campaign at last. The battle for podium places raged on to the very end. Miki Monras eventually made his move on Marco Sorensen, who also proved unable to hold off Antonio Felix Da Costa. The Portuguese driver's fourth place finish puts him back to the top of the overall Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship standings.
Jean-Eric Vergne: "I'm really very happy. The start went very well and the car was very good throughout. I built up a lead and I made sure I managed the end of the race. I was in real need of the win here. The start of the season has been very difficult. We're moving in the right direction, that can only be good for us moving forward."
Nathanael Berthon: "Starting from seventh on the grid, I really didn't expect to finish on the podium. I had a bit of luck at the start for sure, but nevertheless the car was really very good for this race."
Miki Monras: "I got off to a good start myself, but when I was making my bid for second place, I had to avoid a couple of drivers who were in trouble. I didn't feel too good with the car in the first few laps, but I upped the pace and felt better and better as time went on. At the end of the race I managed to get past Sorensen. It's a very good result for all the team and for myself."