Fittipaldi takes podium finish at Jerez Binder retains World Series V8 lead
The Lotus team scored solid points and a podium today at Jerez De La Frontera in the opening race of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 at the iconic southern Spanish circuit. After settling for P3 in qualifying due to traffic in his final attempt on new tires, Pietro Fittipaldi delivered a great start after the team spent time on Friday practicing take-offs.
The eventful first part of the race saw him move up to second place. After a safety-car situation needed to recover a stranded car, Pietro started pushing as hard as he could to catch the leader. He eventually crossed the line in P2 bringing home a valuable podium finish to make good gains in terms of the championship.
In a really hot day on-track, Austrian Rene Binder collected some really important points after starting from sixth place. Putting together a consistent race, he ended up P4 which enabled him to maintain the lead of the driver championship.
“Today we had very hot conditions. Unfortunately in qualifying we got a little bit of traffic during the fastest lap but we knew we had a good car for the race. We have been working on starts and we got a good one now, and then I caught Roy towards the end and I saw he was struggling a bit but on this track it is really difficult to overtake. As soon as you get behind someone in the fast corners it is really hard to stay behind. I was pushing and waiting for him to make a mistake but he did a good job. We took second and we will be pushing for the win tomorrow.”
“In qualifying we took P6 which was not perfect but the pack was really close. In the race I got a reasonable start and moved up to P4 immediately but Isaakyan passed me in turn 1 as I let the door a bit too open. Afterwards it was a really tough race, really hot. I had no pressure from behind so I just kept following the guys out front and ended up in a good position.”