Roberto Merhi: victory at last! No stranger to the podium and in the running for the title, Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) just lacked a win. Starting in pole position, the young Spanish driver led from start to finish beating Valtteri Bottas...
Roberto Merhi: victory at last!
No stranger to the podium and in the running for the title, Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) just lacked a win. Starting in pole position, the young Spanish driver led from start to finish beating Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) and Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula).
At the start, Valtteri Bottas attempted to surprise poleman Roberto Merhi, but the Spaniard held on and stayed ahead of the Finn. Starting seventh, Daniel Ricciardo was third at the end of lap one. Tobias Hegewald (Motorpark Academy) was in fourth, just ahead of Andrea Caldarelli.
Roberto Merhi made a quick get away while Valtteri Bottas tried to contain Daniel Ricciardo. In the meantime, the Australian was steadily losing ground. A little further back, Tobias Hegewald was also increasing his lead over his pursuers, Andrea Caldarelli, Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) and Dean Smith (Fortec Motorsport).
As always in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, back in the main pack, the action was heavy going. Carlos Munoz (Epsilon Euskadi) Nicolas Marroc (TCS Racing) and Miguel Otegi (Iquick) collided, forcing the safety car to come out shortly after mid-point in the race.
After the restart, the race order remained the same. Merhi meanwhile had to watch out as Bottas, Ricciardo and Hegewald had caught up while safety car was out. These four promising young drivers quickly opened up a gap between themselves and the rest of the field. On his home track, Tobias Hegewald was proving more and more threatening to the leader of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Daniel Ricciardo.
Roberto Merhi, who led from start to finish, finally claimed victory in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. His win came ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Danial Ricciardo which puts Merhi back in the running for the title, even if this seventh race only marks the halfway point of the season.
Roberto Mehri: "I won last summer at Spa in the Italian Formula Renaut 2.0 Series, but today is my first international win. I worked hard over the summer in preparation for the second half of the season. It paid off today. I drove well here last year, so I knew that this circuit could be bring me success. I hope that this win will bring more. It's good motivation for things to come!"
Valtteri Bottas: "I knew that the start was going to be important. I tried to sneak ahead, but Roberto managed to keep hold of first place. It's good to score points today. I'm starting in pole tomorrow. I'm hoping to get back to winning. I've got a busy day tomorrow. I'm driving in three races!"
Daniel Ricciardo: "I did badly in qualifying, and started from the fourth row, so I knew it was going to be tough. I took risks at the start, as it's always more difficult overtaking later on. You need to know how to score points, and this third place is important for the Championship. Tomorrow I'm in fifth, so I need to make the most of the start again."