Matthieu Vaxiviere produced a dominant drive from pole to win again in the wet at Aragon, completing a perfect season-opening weekend.
The Frenchman shot away quickly from the rest of the field, gradually increasing the gap over the course of the race from his Tech 1 team-mate Egor Orudzhev in second, achieving a one-two finish for the team, while they were joined on the podium by Britain?s Oliver Rowland.
The race started under the safety car due to the wet conditions and after two laps it pulled in and the racing commenced. Vaxiviere wasted no time in getting away, creating an early bit of breathing space for himself. Rowland made a positive start, jumping up to third-place from fifth on the grid getting in-front of Jake Dennis and Luca Ghiotto. Dennis dropped down to sixth as Oscar Tunjo came through, the Colombian then overtaking Ghiotto on lap four.
Pierre Gasly fell victim to Nyck de Vries, falling to ninth in the early stages then on lap six Ghiotto went off course, dropping way back down the field. Gasly was then overtaken by Ignazio D?Agosto of KTR for eighth.
Meanwhile out in front, Vaxiviere was unchallenged, increasing his lead to eight seconds as he took the flag with Orudzhev busy successfully keeping Rowland behind him collecting a maiden podium for himself in a weekend where the rookie has shown refreshing pace.
Tunjo found himself a few seconds further back ,missing out on the fight for the podium to come home in fourth with Dennis and Esteban Ocon in fifth and sixth.
Nyck de Vries finished seventh and will hope for more competitive weekends to come. In eight-place was D?Agosto followed by Gasly with William Vermont rounding off the top ten.
In the end it was a comfortable win for Vaxiviere and a superb weekend for the eighteen-year-old whose control of the meeting comes slightly as a surprise. His pre-season pace was a little inconsistent yet the 2011 French F4 Champion has proved himself at Aragon displaying his potential.
What will be most interesting to see is whether he can replicate his speed in the future in dryer conditions and to see who else will emerge on the dry track.
|1||Matthieu Vaxiviere||Tech 1 Racing||11 laps in 27:19.789|
|2||Egor Orudzhev||Tech 1 Racing||+8.451|
|3||Oliver Rowland||Manor MP Motorsport||+9.150|
|4||Oscar Tunjo||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+13.706|
|5||Jake Dennis||Fortec Motorsports||+19.604|
|6||Esteban Ocon||ART Junior Team||+21.520|
|7||Nyck de Vries||Koiranen GP||+22.884|
|9||Pierre Gasly||Tech 1 Racing||+26.737|
|10||William Vermont||ARTA Engineering||+31.959|
|11||Bruno Bonifacio||Prema Powerteam||+38.583|
|12||Guilherme Silva||Koiranen GP||+40.398|
|13||Victor Franzoni||Koiranen GP||+41.322|
|14||Ed Jones||Fortec Motorsports||+43.182|
|15||Andrea Pizzitola||ART Junior Team||+44.313|
|16||Kevin Jorg||Jenzer Motorsport||+45.505|
|17||Mikko Pakari||Fortec Motorsports||+47.793|
|18||Stefan Wackerbauer||Interwetten.com Racing||+55.675|
|19||Gustav Malja||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+56.663|
|20||Melville Mckee||Manor MP Motorsport||+58.180|
|21||Konstantin Tereschenko||Interwetten.com Racing||+1:00.393|
|22||Aurelien Panis||RC Formula||+1:02.414|
|23||Victor Sendin||AV Formula||+1:06.474|
|24||Luca Ghiotto||Prema Powerteam||+1:06.552|
|25||Alex Baron||ART Junior Team||+1:11.238|
|26||Levin Amweg||Jenzer Motorsport||+1:13.169|
|27||Benjamin Bailly||RC Formula||+1:17.507|
|28||Simon Tirman||ARTA Engineering||+1:19.691|
|29||Javier Merlo||Manor MP Motorsport||+1:24.541|
|30||Steijn Schothorst||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+1:25.974|
|31||Nick Cassidy||AV Formula||+1:32.285|
|32||Alejandro Abogado||Interwetten.com Racing||+1:49.306|
|Yu Kanamaru||KTR||+3 laps|
|Marcos Siebert||Jenzer Motorsport||+4 laps|
|Alexander Albon||KTR||+7 laps|
|DNS||Naomi Schiff||RC Formula|
|DNS||Leo Roussel||ARTA Engineering|
Series standings (points-scorers only)
|1||Matthieu Vaxiviere||Tech 1 Racing||50|
|2||Esteban Ocon||ART Junior Team||26|
|3||Egor Orudzhev||Tech 1 Racing||24|
|4||Jake Dennis||Fortec Motorsports||20|
|5||Pierre Gasly||Tech 1 Racing||17|
|6||Oliver Rowland||Manor MP Motorsport||16|
|7||Oscar Tunjo||Josef Kaufmann Racing||16|
|8||William Vermont||ARTA Engineering||13|
|9||Steijn Schothorst||Josef Kaufmann Racing||8|
|10||Nyck de Vries||Koiranen GP||8|