Félix da Costa wins second race at Monza
|1.||A. Felix da Costa||46:24.405|
7 April 2013 – Arden's António Félix da Costa bounced back from a turbulent start to his Formula Renault 3.5 campaign by claiming victory in the second race of the weekend at Monza. The Portuguese driver ultimately took the chequered flag 2.7 seconds ahead of Kevin Magnussen, with race one winner Stoffel Vandoorne completing the podium.
Félix da Costa, who started from pole position, slipped behind Vandoorne on the run down to the first corner after a slightly sluggish getaway, but managed to regain the lead when his Belgian rival made a small mistake on the second lap. Magnussen also made his way through, signalling the start of a close battle for the victory.
After running wide on the exit of the second Lesmo corner, Félix da Costa lost the lead to Magnussen, with the latter pulling off a stunning move around the outside of Parabolica. However, his advantage would not last long, as Félix da Costa returned the favour at the first corner after tucking into the DAMS driver's slipstream.
The front two men retained their positions for the remainder of the race, with Vandoorne finishing in third place. Arthur Pic wound up fourth after a storming drive from 16th on the grid, losing tyre performance in the late stages. Nico Müller was next up in a lonely fifth, comfortably clear of the closely-matched Norman Nato and Pietro Fantin. Christopher Zanella, Oliver Webb and Mikhail Aleshin completed the top ten.
After the opening two races of the season, Vandoorne tops the standings with a total of 40 points, four clear of Magnussen and a further 11 in front of Félix da Costa.
The next round takes place at Motorland Aragón from 27-28 April