30 Sep Vandoorne takes podium finish at Paul Ricard
28th/29th September 2013, Paul Ricard – The French circuit of Paul Ricard played host to the World Series by Renault event this weekend and for the Formula Renault 3.5 squad their eighth round was filled with highs and lows. Championship contender Stoffel Vandoorne took a stunning podium place finish in race one, only to finish outside the points in race two when he suffered from a mechanical problem. Team-mate Oliver Webb fought hard all weekend, finishing thirteenth in race one and twenty-second in race two.
The first race of the weekend saw a battle play out up front as the championship contenders fought to take the lead. Nico Muller (International Draco Racing) who qualified fourth had the misfortune of stalling before the formation lap, allowing Vandoorne in third to pull out a significant gap.
Vandoorne was soon battling for the lead with rivals Kevin Magnussen (DAMS) and Antonio Felix Da Costa (Arden Caterham) and the trio traded fastest times in the opening laps. The order then remained unchanged and Vandoorne crossed the line in third, however post race was promoted to second after Magnussen was handed a penalty for a breach in the technical regulations. Behind, Webb had had a stunning start and had climbed into thirteenth as the chequered flag was flown.
Race two took place on the Sunday and the teams hopes for more points were high. Taking off from seventh on the grid Vandoorne was once again on the charge, however a misfire slowed his pace and continued to get worse as the race went on. The team then took the decision to retire as it was deemed to dangerous to continue. Team-mate Webb also had problems and crossed the line in 22nd.