Moscow FR3.5: McLaren junior Vandoorne takes points lead with win
|By Peter Mills||Sunday, June 23rd 2013, 12:04 GMT|
Stoffel Vandoorne moved into a slender Formula Renault 3.5 points lead with a dominant second victory of the weekend at Moscow Raceway.
The Fortec racer, who becomes the first four-time winner of the season, finished a comfortable 11.7 seconds ahead of fellow McLaren junior driver Kevin Magnussen.
Dane Magnussen jumped ahead of slow-starting front-row man Will Stevens away from the lights, and maintained second position to the flag.
After his double dose of penalties following Saturday's qualifying, and a non-score in race one, Magnussen's result keeps him in touch with Vandoorne in the points battle.
Stevens completed the podium in third. The Briton made a much-needed qualifying set-up breakthrough as he recovering from a gearbox issue at the start of Sunday's qualifying session to grab his best starting position of the year in second.
Monaco winner Nico Muller claimed fourth, while former champion, and local star, Mikhail Aleshin charged from ninth on the grid to fifth - his highest finish of the season.
Early pitter Aleshin demonstrated some strong-arm tactics against compatriot Sergey Sirotkin. After passing the ISR driver into the last corner, the favoured overtaking location at Moscow Raceway, Aleshin squeezed Sirotkin slightly towards the pitwall to ensure he was not passed into Turn 1.
Andre Negrao repeated his race one position of sixth place for Draco.
Antonio Felix da Costa's pre-race hopes of bridging a significant points deficit to Magnussen and Vandoorne in the standings came to nought after posting a retirement.
The Red Bull junior driver slowed on lap three following first-lap contact. After pitting for a change of nose, da Costa returned to the track, only to call it quits 10 laps later.
In a race featuring little overtaking, Daniil Move stole seventh on the road from Vandoorne's Fortec team-mate Oliver Webb four laps from home.
However, the pass counted for little, as the Russian was set to land a 10-second penalty for a jump start.
Norman Nato opted for a last lap, final corner lunge on Jazeman Jaafar for the final point. The manoeuvre ended in contact and British Formula 3 runner-up Jaafar was punted into a spin. Nato limped across the finish in 10th.
Results - 33 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Stoffel Vandoorne Fortec 45m43.611s 2. Kevin Magnussen DAMS +11.788s 3. Will Stevens P1/Strakka +14.008s 4. Nico Muller Draco +22.011s 5. Mikhail Aleshin Tech 1 +33.657s 6. Andre Negrao Draco +35.285s 7. Oliver Webb Fortec +43.195s 8. Pietro Fantin Arden Caterham +44.007s 9. Daniil Move SMP/Comtec +48.236s 10. Norman Nato DAMS +49.851s 11. Sergey Sirotkin ISR +50.407s 12. Marlon Stockinger Lotus +51.487s 13. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin +54.239s 14. Nikolay Martsenko Pons +1m02.894s 15. Nigel Melker Tech 1 +1m03.271s 16. Arthur Pic AV +1m03.921s 17. Marco Sorensen Lotus +1m04.360s 18. Mihai Marinescu Zeta +1m05.384s 19. Carlos Huertas Carlin +1m07.904s 20. Will Buller Zeta +1m10.417s 21. Matias Laine P1/Strakka +1m11.772s 22. Zoel Amberg Pons +1m13.724s 23. Christopher Zanella ISR +1m31.017s Retirements: Antonio Felix da Costa Arden Caterham 13 laps Yann Cunha AV 3 laps