Chennai MRF Challenge: Fittipaldi wins, Schumacher on podium

Championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi took a fine win in the opening race of the MRF Challenge finale as Mick Schumacher finished on the podium at Chennai.

Fittipaldi extended his lead in the championship after picking up a win in the first race of the weekend, keeping Harrison Newey at bay for the 15-lap race.

The Brazilian was unchallenged at the start, but Newey started to close in before he ran out of laps towards the end to make a move on Fittipaldi.

Behind the top two, a battle brewed for the final place on the podium between Alessio Picariello and Mick Schumacher.

The young German lost two places at the start after he was pushed onto the grass but drove a good race to leapfrog Tarun Reddy first and then Picariello to finish third.

"I am pretty happy, for sure. The two guys were a bit quicker than I [was] and so they had gone from the start," said Schumacher after the race.

"I had to pass few people first and also managed to get closer to Tatiana Calderon who was quick, I am pretty happy to be third now.

"Yeah, I would happy to show my tricks on the track, I like this track," he added. 

Championship contender Calderon improved from her grid slot of seventh to finish fifth ahead of Indian Reddy, who lost three places during the race.

Aleksanteri Huovinen, Arjun Narendran and Karthik Tharani had off moments in the race as Nerses Isaakyan finished seventh with fellow countrymen Nikita Troitskiy eighth.

Australia's Dylan Young and British driver Max Fewtrell completed the top 10.

Race results:

Pos.

Driver

Gap

1

Pietro Fittipaldi

-

2

Harrison Newey

1.714

3

Mick Schumacher

15.641

4

Alessio Picariello

17.495

5

Tatiana Calderon

19.903

6

Tarun Reddy

23.368

7

Nerses Isaakyan

28.679

8

Nikita Troitskiy

29.616

9

Dylan Young

32.084

10

Max Fewtrell

32.564

11

Enzo Bortoleto

34.091

12

Laura Tillett

41.973

13

Karthik Tharani

55.736

14

Arjun Narendran

56.736

DNF

Aleksanteri Huovinen

8 laps

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Series Indian Open Wheel
Event MRF Challenge: Chennai
Track Madras Motor Race Track
Drivers Tatiana Calderon , Pietro Fittipaldi , Tarun Reddy , Mick Schumacher , Dylan Young , Harrison Newey , Alessio Picariello , Laura Tillett
Article type Race report