EU 2.0: Series race two report

Valtteri Bottas - who else! Second in the first race behind Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi), Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) made a comeback today finishing head and shoulders above the rest of the field. He claims his second victory of the...

Valtteri Bottas - who else!

Second in the first race behind Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi), Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) made a comeback today finishing head and shoulders above the rest of the field. He claims his second victory of the season while Roberto Merhi scored some serious points, finishing second ahead of Andrea Caldarelli.

Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) and Carlos Munoz (Epsilon Euskadi) were both penalized four places on the starting grid after yesterday's race. The two drivers started in tenth and twenty-first positions respectively.

In the bright Nurburgring sunshine, poleman Valtteri Bottas made a perfect start to lead Roberto Merhi, Andrea Caldarelli, Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) and Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula).

Several incidents occurred in the main field. Daniel Zampieri (BVM Minardi Team) and Luciano Bacheta (Hitech Junior) collided. Then Miki Monras (Hitech Junior), hit from behind on the exit of bend on the start finish straight lost control of his car and hit the wall. The safety car had to be called out as a result.

Valtteri Bottas held onto his lead when the race restarted, ahead of Merhi and the three SG Formula cars which were locked in a ferocious battle. Caldarelli, Vergne and Ricciardo also had to contend with Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) who had joined the fight for third place.

After six laps, the situation was becoming clear. Valtteri Bottas had built up a clear lead over Roberto Merhi who was busy fending off an attack from Andrea Caldarelli. Further back, Jean-Eric Vergne led a tight pack made up of Daniel Ricciardo, Albert Costa, Antonio Felix Da Costa (Motopark Academy), Tobias Hegewald (Motopark Acedemy), Kuba Giermaziak (Motopark Academy) and Alex Morgan (Fortec Competition).

Albert Costa stepped up the pace and shook up the positions, overtaking Daniel Ricciardo on lap seven. Before long, the Spaniard was right on Vergne's wing and passed him on the following lap. Costa was now in fourth while Vergne and Ricciardo were busy holding off Da Costa, Hegewald and Giermaziak. The Motopark Academy gang was piling the pressure onto the SG Formula drivers.

Daniel Ricciardo, becoming more and more of a threat, overtook his teammate to grab fifth place. At the same moment, Antonio Felix Da Costa made a mistake and dropped back to twelfth place.

The Finn, Valtteri Bottas claimed victory for the second time this season with more than eight seconds lead over Roberto Merhi and Andrea Caldarelli. Finishing fifth today, Daniel Ricciardo still leads the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship, but Robert Merhi and Valtteri Bottas have both done well out of the weekend.

Valtteri Bottas: "We did a lot of work on the car yesterday evening as I wasn't entirely happy with the general handling in the race. It was perfect today. I was very focused at the start, mostly on the all important first bend. This win puts me back in the running. I'm hoping for a good second half of the season."

Roberto Merhi: It was a good weekend for me with lots of points. At the start I had a scare with my gearbox, then Caldarelli began to prove a threat. I was able to break away after the safety car came out and everything went smoothly."

Andrea Caldarelli: "It's a big thing to take home points compared to Daniel Ricciardo who only finished fifth. I'm confident for the Le Mans weekend as we were very quick there in collective testing last winter."

-credit: wsbyrenault.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Tobias Hegewald , Daniel Ricciardo , Albert Costa , Roberto Merhi , Andrea Caldarelli , Daniel Zampieri , Luciano Bacheta , Carlos Munoz , Valtteri Bottas , Jean-Eric Vergne