Lotus, Binder make the double at Monza
The Lotus team completed a sensational weekend at Monza as René Binder secured his second straight win and stormed to the top of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 drivers standings with 98 points. After celebrating his maiden victory at the end of Saturday’s race 1, the Austrian did it all again thanks to a clever strategy by the Czech squad.
Binder was called back to the pits for his mandatory stop on lap 8, anticipating an imminent safety-car situation. When René rejoined the track, he was sixth but he then just had to wait for his rivals to make their stops. By lap 14 Binder was leading with an enormous margin on the rest of the pack, managing the situation well until the chequered flag.
Pietro Fittipaldi was on pole position after a fantastic qualifying performance yesterday morning, but he had some issues at the start. The young Brazilian was fourth at the end of lap 1 and he began a great recovery, but the neutralization and a successive yellow flag compromised his full comeback towards the podium. By the way, today’s result confirms that Pietro is among the main contenders for the championship as he stands with 76 points.
Lotus also increased their lead in the team standings going up to 173 points. The next World Series Formula V8 3.5 meeting is scheduled at the Spanish track of Jerez de la Frontera, on the 27th and 28th of May weekend.
“My start was so and so, but I was second and I controlled the situation well because we were on used tyres after the qualifying crash on Friday. It wasn’t easy but I was able to match the pace of the other cars, then the team made a perfect strategy call deciding to make the pit-stop just before the safety-car came out. It’s been a great weekend”.
“This time the start was a lot a better, even if we lost some positions again. Then I was able to recover up to second place and I was catching the leader quite easily, but unfortunately the safety-car came out and René pitted. I was behind Nissany when Celis went off at Ascari and the yellow flag forced us to slow. The time I lost helped Kanamaru to stay in front of me after the pit-stop, and without any DRS left it was impossible to pass him. It’s a shame but now we need to focus on next race”.