McLaren Young Drivers in action: Moscow
Sunday: Moscow Qualifying and Race 2 Report
Stoffel does the double
McLaren Young Driver Stoffel Vandoorne has taken the points lead in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship after a dominant second victory at Moscow Raceway.
After securing his second pole of the weekend in qualifying by over four tenths, the 21-year-old Belgian finished 11.7s ahead of the rest of the field and in doing so became the first four-time winner of the season. Stoffel also recorded his second fastest lap of the weekend to make it a full set in Moscow.
Fellow McLaren Young Driver Kevin Magnussen put a disappointing Saturday behind him to secure a solid haul of points and keep in touch with Vandoorne in the championship race. Having qualified in third place, Kevin made a great overtaking move at the start to take second place, which he maintained until the chequered flag.
In Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 action, Nyck de Vries qualified in 18th and gained two places to finish in 16th place.
The trio's next racing will take place in Austria on 20th and 21st July.
Saturday: Moscow Qualifying and Race 1 Report
Stoffel reigns supreme in Moscow
21-year-old Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne produced a stunning performance to win the first Formula Renault 3.5 race at Moscow Raceway.
The McLaren Young Driver secured his second pole position of the season in the morning qualifying session and got a great getaway off the line. By the end of the first lap he had already built up a healthy lead and extended it to a full 6.7s at the chequered flag.
The win means he cuts the points gap to current championship leader Kevin Magnussen. 20 year-old Kevin, also part of the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme, finished today's race in 11th. However this was largely due to being relegated from third to 17th on the grid after having his two fastest laps in qualifying wiped out for blocking.
Nyck de Vries qualified in seventh place in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Group A, ending the first race in tenth position.
Friday: Moscow Free Practice Report
Magnussen sets the pace in practice
Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time in Friday morning's Formula Renault 3.5 practice at Moscow Raceway.
The current points leader of the series showed searing pace as he went 0.556s quicker than his closest competitor. The Dane then followed that up with another impressive performance in the afternoon session where he finished third and less than a tenth off the fastest time.
His closest rival in the championship and fellow member of the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme, Stoffel Vandoorne, performed well in the morning session securing fourth place. However he endured a frustrating afternoon where he had to settle for 15th position.
Also in action in Moscow was Nyck de Vries who finished fifth in the first and second Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 tests.