16 Sep Solid results for Fortec in the FR.3.5 at the Hungaroring
14th-15th September, Hungaroring – The seventh World Series by Renault, Formula Renault 3.5 event saw solid results for the Fortec team of Stofel Vandoorne and Oliver Webb, with both taking home a top ten finish. Vandoorne snatched a podium position in the second race of the weekend with a third place finish – seeing him maintain second in the championship, just 36 points behind leader Kevin Magnussen.
After a damp qualifying saw Vandoorne start in P11 and Webb P12, the pressure to get into the top ten was haltered by the wet weather looming overhead for the start of race one. A wet start to the race saw the field start behind the safety car which led the cars round for five laps.
With the challenging conditions, the restart after the safety car saw various position changes with incidents being caused by the poor visibility. Vandoorne profited from the chaos and drove though the pack into seventh, as did Webb going into thirteenth. The pair continued to fight on and stay out of trouble; Vandoorne crossed the line in fourth and Webb in sixteenth.
The second race of the weekend saw a different affair with dry conditions at the Budapest track. Vandoorne started from third on the grid after narrowly missing out on pole position. Championship rival Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) took off from pole while Vandoorne made the most of Antonio Felix da Costa’s (starting in P2) slow start to take second.
With the positions remaining unchanged, the race would be won and lost in the pits. Stoffel Vandoorne came in on lap 11, followed one lap later by Kevin Magnussen. The two frontrunners were nevertheless trumped by Antonio Felix da Costa, who stayed out till lap 13 and emerged from the pit lane just in time to snatch the lead, whilst Vandoorne took third.
Webb had a good start and was working his way up the grid showing good pace. After the pit-stop period the young driver was chasing to get into the top ten and as the chequered flag was waved crossed the line in tenth.