Félix da Costa claims second race win
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15 September 2013 – Arden Caterham's António Félix da Costa claimed an impressive victory in the final Formula Renault 3.5 race of the Hungaroring weekend, jumping his rivals during the mandatory pit-stop phase to record his second win of the season.
The Red Bull junior driver, who is effectively auditioning for a seat with Toro Rosso for the 2014 Formula 1 season, fell from second to third as the lights went out, holding station behind pole-sitter Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne in the early laps.
But such was the pace advantage held by Félix da Costa, he could afford to wait for the leaders to pit first in order to give him a chance to run in clear air. After posting his fastest laps at the crucial time, the Portuguese emerged from his own stop just ahead of Magnussen. An attempt by the Dane to retake the lead on the outside of Turn 2 was batted away, and from thereon in the Arden Caterham pilot never looked threatened.
Magnussen soaked up increasing pressure from Vandoorne to hang on to second and extend his title lead, while Nigel Melker utilised an early stop to rise from tenth to fourth. Race 1 winner Nico Müller was next up, followed by André Negrão and Marlon Stöckinger. Carlos Huertas, Marco Sørensen and Oliver Webb completed the top ten.
With the eighth round of the season completed, Magnussen leads the standings on 199 points, with Vandoorne 36 in arrears. Félix da Costa shares third with Melker.
The Formula Renault 3.5 field reconvenes at Paul Ricard from September 27-29