Isaakyan takes V8 3.5 lead at Nürburgring
17 July 2017 – Matevos Isaakyan moved to the head of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship after taking a win and a second place during the category's visit to the Nürburgring.
Isaakyan shared victories with series debutant Álex Palou, who took pole for both races, and made amends for a lap-one clash in the opener by sweeping to the win in the wet, second affair.
Isaakyan streaked clear in dry conditions while Palou made contact with Pietro Fittipaldi, who came home only seventh after being delayed in the incident.
Force India reserve driver Alfonso Celis Jr. and Egor Orudzhev both profited to finish on the podium, the latter holding off the advances of Roy Nissany.
The second race was affected by wet weather and Palou moved clear following two early Safety Car periods.
However, as the circuit dried, Isaakyan opted to pit for slicks earlier than his rival, and the additional minutes on dry tyres enabled him to surge ahead when Palou made his mandatory stop.
Unfortunately for Isaakyan, he undid his hard work by running wide into Turn 1, dropping to third, behind Palou and Konstantin Tereshchenko.
Tereshchenko, though, carried a 10-second time penalty for a pit lane infraction, which elevated Isaakyan into second and Orduzhev to third, as Palou surged to victory.
Isaakyan's podium, combined with just sixth for Fittipaldi, enabled the Russian to take the lead of the standings, with six drivers covered by less than a win's worth of points.
1. Matevos Isaakyan - 163 points
2. Pietro Fittipaldi - 158 points
3. Egor Orudzhev - 155 points
The next round of the season takes place in Mexico on September 2/3