Sorensen completes Red Bull Ring clean sweep
21 July 2013 – Lotus driver Marco Sorensen confirmed himself as a master of the Red Bull Ring on Sunday, taking his second dominant win of the weekend by 4.5 seconds to a trailing Kevin Magnussen and Nigel Melker.
A dramatic start saw Red Bull junior driver António Félix da Costa stall from eighth on the grid, with the Portuguese lucky not to be collected as the cars behind scrambled to avoid his stricken Arden car. Stoffel Vandoorne’s nightmare weekend continued, the one-time points leader suffering a spin at the first corner that dropped him to the back of the pack, and an eventual early retirement.
Up front, Sorensen had led from pole, and in a repeat of yesterday’s race began to pull out a gap to Magnussen. He was one of the last of the frontrunners to come in during the pitstop phase, but had enough pace in hand to avoid the undercut, and regained the lead once the rest of the field shook itself out. The emergence of the Safety Car following a spin at the final corner by Carlos Huertas marked the only tricky point of the race for the Dane, with Magnussen applying intense pressure at the restart. The McLaren development driver couldn’t find a way through however, lacking the ultimate speed of his rival.
After spinning into retirement on Saturday, Sergey Sirotkin drove a tactically astute race to finish fourth. The Russian, who is widely expected to secure a Formula One drive with Sauber next season, was running in ninth during the early stages, and briefly led through the pitstop phase after electing for a long first stint. Having dropped back following his stop, he proceeded to battle his way back up the pack, and on fresher rubber caught and passed Briton Will Stevens for fourth on the inside of Remus corner.
Stevens eventually finished in sixth after being passed by fellow countryman William Buller in the closing stages. Marlon Stockinger and Brazilian André Negrão were seventh and eighth respectively, while Pietro Fantin and Norman Nato completed the top ten runners.
The World Series by Renault returns to action at the Hungaroring on the 15th September 2013