Martinez stretches his lead Before getting behind the wheel of the Renault F1 R28 for the ING Renault F1 Team exhibition, in front of a big Silverstone crowd, Marcos Martinez (Pons Racing) got a good result for himself, driving to his fourth win...
Martinez stretches his lead
Before getting behind the wheel of the Renault F1 R28 for the ING Renault F1 Team exhibition, in front of a big Silverstone crowd, Marcos Martinez (Pons Racing) got a good result for himself, driving to his fourth win of the season in Formula Renault 3.5 Series, stretching his points lead in the overall standings. He finished ahead of Malaysian driver Fairuz Fauzy (Mofaz Fortec Motorsport) and British driver Oliver Turvey (Carlin Motorsport).
The reverse grid rule gave the advantage to Bertrand Baguette (International Draco Racing) and Marcos Martinez. Equal on points in the overall standings of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, the two drivers shared the front row, with the Belgian on pole and the Spaniard number 2. Marcos Martinez got the best start and led into turn one ahead of Bertrand Baguette, Daniil Move (P1 Motorsport) and Fairuz Fauzy.
The leader group stayed compact behind Marcos Martinez. Bertrand Baguette had to stave off the attacks from Daniil Move, himself under pressure from Fairuz Fauzy. Just behind them, Oliver Turvey battled it out with James Walker (P1 Motorsport), Brendon Hartley (Tech 1 Racing), Jaime Alguersuari (Carlin Motorsport) and Charles Pic (Tech 1 Racing). The situation shifted when Move went onto the grass and the Russian driver dropped back to 8th.
Fairuz Fauzy inherited third, with Turvey and Walker breathing down his throat. The battle for tenth place was just as contested, with dog-fighting between Spanish drivers Marco Barba (International Draco Racing), Adrian Valles (Epsilon Euskadi) and Miguel Molina (Ultimate Motorsport). Molina overtook Valles in lap 6, then moved up to attack Barba. Molina got the upper hand and found himself in 10th place. A 10th place shortly to become 9th as Daniil Move stopped in the pits to clear out side pods clogged with grass.
Half way through the race, Marcos Martinez had earned a one second lead. Behind him, the fight between Baguette and Fauzy was raging hard but fair. Fairuz Fauzy moved up level with Bertrand Baguette in lap 19. The Belgian driver braked as late as he could but couldn't stay on the tarmac. He came out 6th, just ahead of Jaime Alguersuari who promptly got past him as well. Ten minutes from the chequered flag, it was Marcos Martinez in command ahead of Fauzy, Turvey, Walker, Hartley, Alguersuari, Baguette, Pic and Molina.
However, the end of the race saw Marcos Martinez suffer, his wheels regularly locking up in braking. Fairuz Fauzy asked for nothing better than to come back at the leader. The Spaniard nevertheless managed to hold onto his position right up to the chequered flag. By notching up his fourth victory of the season, he reinforces his position as overall leader. Other podium places went to Fairuz Fauzy and Oliver Turvey.
Quote, unquote: Marcos Martinez: " I got a good start, but I really had to push to contain Bertrand Baguette. The middle of the race was quieter, then I had to push to the limit again at the end with Fairuz Fauzy coming back at me. It's a good result for the Championship standings. I'm going to discover the F1 on the dry now, after yesterday on the wet track. This is a fantastic experience, winning in Formula Renault 3.5 Series then driving an F1, just incredible."
Fairuz Fauzy: "My start was nothing special. It took me a few laps to get the better of Daniil Move. Then the battle with Bertrand Baguette was really fun, very fair. I tried everything I knew at the end, but Marcos Martinez did the business. This podium is very good for all the team."
Oliver Turvey: " For my first season in Formula Renault 3.5 Series, I'm happy to be on the podium a second time, and being at Silverstone is a bonus. As always, we were very well prepared for the race. Now we just need to do as well tomorrow!"