01 Jul Sergey takes maiden win
In front of his countrymen, Sergey Sirotkin took his maiden victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this weekend. Starting from pole, his first in the category, in Saturday’s first race of the weekend the Sauber F1 Team reserve driver was joined on the podium by Zoel Amberg (AVF) and Pietro Fantin (International Draco Racing).
Earlier in the day, Sergey Sirotkin won his first pole position in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, beating defending Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion, Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsports). Zoel Amberg and Pietro Fantin qualified on row two.
The start procedure was aborted because three cars remained blocked on the starting grid, they were the top three in the championship standings: Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly and Oliver Rowland. When the lights went out, Sergey Sirotkin maintained the lead and pulled out a small lead from Zoel Amberg. The Swiss driver also pulled away from Pietro Fantin, who was in a scrap with Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) and Jazeman Jaafar (ISR).
On lap seven, Oliver Rowland’s race ended in a gravel trap, following contact with Carlos Sainz. Meanwhile, Zoel Amberg closed the gap to Sergey Sirotkin, but the Russian answered to maintain his lead at one second.
At the end of lap 29, Sergey Sirotkin crossed the line to take his first triumph in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
Commenting after the race Sergey said: “Thank you to everyone. This is incredible. It is the best moment of my life! The season got off to a bad start, but the team made good use of the short break to bounce back. And there is no better place to do it! We started strong in practice and it moved on today. It wasn’t easy to manage the temperature in the rear tyres, but we came through. Thanks to the entire team, really!”