McLaren junior Kevin Magnussen has sealed the Formula Renault 3.5 2013 championship with a win in the penultimate race of the season at Catalunya.
The Dane maintained his lead off the line and then held on to it after the restart, which took place after a 15-minute safety car period.
The safety vehicle emerged on-track during the opening lap, following a series of collisions in the first few corners, including one where Nigel Melker ended up tipping Marco Sorensen‘s car over. The raggedness of the drivers would echo later on in the race as well, when Nikolay Martsenko lost the car during an overtaking attempt, ending the day for Mikhail Aleshin and Christopher Zanella.
Following the restart, Magnussen led the remainder of the race, albeit coming under some pressure from an on-pace Will Stevens. The Briton got especially close to first when the DAMS driver ran wide in the closing stages, but the intrigue was short-lived, as Magnussen controlled the race from that point on.
With Stevens taking second, Stoffel Vandoorne picked up the final podium spot. Antonio Felix da Costa took fouth, overtaking Will Buller during the last laps after a race-long battle.
Benefiting from numerous retirements, Zoel Amberg took his career-best finish in the series with sixth place. The same milestone was achieved by Matias Laine, who crossed the line in seventh.
Daniil Move, Pietro Fantin and Oliver Webb rounded out the top ten.
Update: Nikolay Martsenko will receive a two-place grid penalty for tomorrow’s race.
|1||Kevin Magnussen||DAMS||27 laps in 46:32.366|
|2||Will Stevens||P1 by Strakka Racing||+0.849|
|3||Stoffel Vandoorne||Fortec Motorsports||+11.582|
|4||Antonio Felix da Costa||Arden Caterham||+23.899|
|5||William Buller||Zeta Corse||+29.431|
|6||Zoel Amberg||Pons Racing||+30.196|
|7||Matias Laine||P1 by Strakka Racing||+33.363|
|8||Daniil Move||SMP Racing by Comtec||+37.209|
|9||Pietro Fantin||Arden Caterham||+42.491|
|10||Oliver Webb||Fortec Motorsports||+43.543|
|11||Lucas Foresti||SMP Racing by Comtec||+46.306|
|12||Nico Muller||International Draco Racing||+1:14.850|
|13||Nikolay Martsenko||Pons Racing||+2 laps|
|Mikhail Aleshin||Tech 1 Racing||+4 laps|
|Christopher Zanella||ISR||+4 laps|
|Sergey Sirotkin||ISR||+13 laps|
|Arthur Pic||AV Formula||+15 laps|
|Andre Negrao||International Draco Racing||+18 laps|
|Carlos Sainz, Jr.||Zeta Corse||+25 laps|
|Nigel Melker||Tech 1 Racing||+27 laps|
|Marco Sorensen||Lotus||+27 laps|
|Marlon Stockinger||Lotus||+27 laps|
|Carlos Huertas||Carlin||+27 laps|
|Norman Nato||DAMS||+27 laps|
|Yann Cunha||AV Formula||+27 laps|