Stoffel Vandoorne enjoyed a clean sweep of success in Moscow, claiming his second race win of the weekend from two pole positions. The Belgian was joined on the podium by Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens. Vandoorne’s dominant performances have seen him take the championship lead from Magnussen.
In his recent interview with ‘stoodonthepodium’, Vandoorne expressed his belief that he could become only the third driver to win the series in their rookie year joining Robin Frijns and Robert Kubica on this prestigious list.
The weather looked threatening when Stoffel Vandoorne fired his Fortec into pole position; his time of 1:20.025 was similar to Saturday’s qualifying. Will Stevens qualified second ahead of Magnussen who put his disappointing 11th place finish from Saturday behind him. The drivers maintained composure despite two red flags halting proceedings.
Vandoorne was untroubled at the start and maintained his position to the first corner whilst Kevin Magnussen charged past a slow starting Will Stevens to claim second. Antonio Felix da Costa entered the pits twice, once for a replacement nose, before retiring on lap 13. Yann Cunha was also forced to watch from the sidelines after his AV Formula collided with the Zeta Corse of Mihai Marinescu.
Most drivers decided to take their mandatory pit stop early; a total of eight cars entered the pit lane at the same time. Home favourites, Nikolay Martsenko and Mikhail Aleshin entered the pit lane first whilst the top five drivers stayed out. All mandatory pit stops had to be completed by lap 17.
Stoffel Vandoorne took the chequered flag with a lead of ten seconds from Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens. Nico Müller, Mikhail Aleshin, André Negrăo, Oliver Webb, Piertro Fantin, Norman Nato and Sergey Sirotkin all finished in the points following a dramatic final lap. Less than one minute separated the top thirteen drivers, making Russia one of the closest weekends of the season so far.
Vandoorne’s dominating performance now sees him 3 points ahead of his Danish rival with eight more wins still to be contested. His two wins combined with a double points finish for his team mate, Oliver Webb, has pushed Fortec Motorsports to the top of the team championships, 7 points ahead of DAMS.
The next stop will be the Red Bull Ring in Austria in one month’s time.