Aragon F3.5: Fittipaldi fights back with win
Pietro Fittipaldi put his title aspirations back on track with his fourth victory of the season at Aragon on Sunday, as his Lotus teammate Rene Binder crashed out on Lap 1.
After having a poor start in Saturday’s race, the Brazilian – celebrating his 21st birthday – shot off the line to lead into the first corner, as Binder was swamped by the pack from second.
Battling RP Motorsport’s Yu Kanamaru for fourth place, championship leader Binder clipped the kerb at Turn 8 and bounced into the Japanese driver’s car, retiring on the spot.
Konstantin Tereshchenko took over the lead as Fittipaldi made his mandatory pit stop, but the Russian’s car started to smoke and he was shown the mechanical black flag.
His Teo Martin Motorsport mechanics had to put out a fire on the right side of his car as he pitted, and then he went off into the barriers at Turn 5 on his outlap.
After the pit stops cycled through, Fittipaldi regained a lead he would not relinquish, with Fortec’s Alfonso Celis Jr three seconds behind and the Force India reserve driver unable to significantly close the gap.
Saturday’s winner Egor Orudzhev rounded out the podium for SMP Racing, ahead of Kanamaru, with their respective teammates Matevos Isaakyan and Roy Nissany in fifth and sixth.
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