Huertas takes first win at wet Aragon
28 April 2013 – Competing in his second season in discipline, Carlos Huertas secured his first Formula Renault 3.5 win in race two at Motorland Aragon. The Colombian mastered the wet conditions to top the podium from Sergey Sirotkin and Stoffel Vandoorne, while Kevin Magnussen finished ninth and retains his lead in the championship.
Interrupted on several occasions, the morning’s qualification session took place in the rain and ended with Norman Nato grabbing his first Formula Renault 3.5 pole from Huertas and Sirotkin. Responsible for a red flag, Magnussen was relegated to last place on the grid after having his only time wiped out.
The rain continued to fall in the afternoon, prompting the race director to order a safety car start, though the cars of Arthur Pic and Marlon Stockinger were left stranded on the grid, ruling them out of the race start proper, on lap three. Nato promptly got his braking all wrong at turn one and went off. Though able to rejoin the race, albeit at the back of the field, the Frenchman was nonetheless handed a drive-through for dangerous driving.
Taking over at the front, Huertas began to set a fierce pace to leave his pursuers trailing, while both Antonio Felix da Costa and Magnussen launched impressive recovery drives behind him, the Dane working his way into the points as early as lap six.
Vandoorne’s unsuccessful attack at the end of the pit straight allowed second-placed Sirotkin to increase his advantage over the Belgian, though the two would continue their dice all the way to the chequered flag. Christopher Zanella’s race ended prematurely as he went off, before Nigel Melker nipped past Antonio Felix da Costa and into sixth on lap 13, with Marco Sorensen then stealing past Mikhail Aleshin and moving into the points in tenth place.
Race leader Huertas made untroubled progress to take the flag from Sirotkin and Vandoorne, with Will Stevens, Nico Muller, Nigel Melker, Antonio Felix da Costa and Andre Negrao behind them. Completing the top ten were the two Danes, Magnussen and Sorensen, in that order.