Magnussen eases to victory at Aragon
27 April 2013 – Kevin Magnussen backed up his impressive start to the Formula Renault 3.5 season with a win in Saturday’s race at Motorland Aragon, the Dane taking maximum points ahead of Will Stevens and Arthur Pic to move to the top of the championship standings.
In a morning qualifying session held on a wet track, Magnussen recorded the fastest time to take pole for race one from Sergey Sirotkin and Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese driver was later demoted to the back of the grid after running out of fuel at end of the session.
The track had dried out by the time race start came around, polesitter Magnussen staying ahead of the field as the lights went out. Jumping up from row three to second place at the first turn was Pic, while Sirotkin, Christopher Zanella, Marco Sorensen, Norman Nato, Stoffel Vandoorne, Nigel Melker and Will Stevens completed the top nine. From his back-row position Felix da Costa climbed up to 18th by the end of lap one.
Nico Muller was the first to bear the consequences of some keenly contested exchanges in the bunch, the Swiss driver crashing out, while up ahead Magnussen quickly settled into a groove on the Spanish track, posting several fastest laps to take nearly a second a lap out of his closest pursuer Pic. Among the leaders Vandoorne, Sorensen and Zanella all fell off the pace to allow Nato to move into fourth and take the attack to Sirotkin in third. Nipping past the Russian into second, the Frenchman then had to contend with the charging Stevens, who found his way past Sirotkin and into third. Not to be denied, the Briton caught Pic and slipped past him and into second on the last lap.
In a class of his own, Magnussen took the chequered flag by some 20 seconds from Stevens and Pic, with the remaining points placings being taken by Sirotkin, Nato, Melker, Zanella, Vandoorne, Sorensen and Mikhail Aleshin. After starting last Felix da Costa eventually finished 13th.