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Nov 18

Formula V8 3.5: Binder, Fittipaldi hand Lotus team title in Bahrain 1-2

After securing the driver title with Pietro Fittipaldi in race 1, the Czech squad cruised in race 2

The final round of the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 season was completed with a spectacular 1-2 performance for Lotus today at Bahrain International Circuit.

After securing the driver title with Pietro Fittipaldi in race 1, the Czech squad cruised in race 2: in addition to taking the win with Rene Binder, Lotus secured the team crown. The podium was completed by Sauber Formula 1 Team Development Driver Tatiana Calderon (RP Motorsports), also best rookie.

As the lights turned off Binder kept the lead from the pole while Fittipaldi was able to overtake Henrique Chaves (AVF) for P2. On the other hand, Matevos Isaakyan (SMP Racing by AVF), got stuck on the grid and was forced to take-off from the pit-lane. In turn 3, Konstantin Tereschenko (SMP Racing by AVF) spun and had to retire, while a second-lap contact in turn 1 with Chaves cost Alfonso Celis Jr (Fortec Motorsports) an early pit-stop to change the nose.

On the third lap, Diego Menchaca (Fortec Motorsports) got by Yu Kanamaru (RP Motorsport) taking the virtual podium. At the beginning of the pit-window, on the fifth lap, Fittipaldi was the first man to take a tire change, followed by Isaakyan. Lap 6 also brought Binder and Kanamaru in. The Austrian returned on-track fourth, ahead of Fittipaldi, while Menchaca was leading.

The complete article here on worldseriesv8.com

source: worldseriesv8.com

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