McLaren Young Drivers in action: Paul Ricard Circuit
Paul Ricard Circuit: Race 2
Start-to-finish win by Kevin Magnussen in the Formula Renault 3.5 Race 2
McLaren Young Driver Kevin Magnussen displayed the dominant form that has seen him top the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship table after winning Race 2 at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France.
Starting from pole position, the Dane pulled clear of the chasing pack in the opening laps and maintained a comfortable gap through to the chequered flag.
Kevin's win was the perfect way of bouncing back from yesterday's disappointment of disqualification after a breach of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series Technical Regulations, and now stands as one of only two remaining drivers who can lift the Formula Renault 3.5 trophy.
It was a difficult day for fellow McLaren Young Driver, Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne – the only other driver who can still challenge for the title – eventually retiring due to fuel feed failure.
The Formula Renault 3.5 season now moves on to the final race of the season at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona on October 19th.
Paul Ricard Circuit: Race 1
Kevin Magnussen wins with dominant display, Stoffel Vandoorne third.
20 year old Danish racer Kevin Magnussen drove a faultless lights-to-flag victory in the opening Formula Renault 3.5 race at the Paul Ricard circuit, France. Rookie Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne came home in third place, making for another double-podium for McLaren’s Young Drivers.
Qualifying in pole position, Kevin set to business right away, fending off pressure from Antonio Felix da Costa on the opening lap and extending a comfortable lead, clocking the fastest lap along the way, before claiming victory.
Starting from second on the grid, Stoffel dropped to P4 in the opening exchanges before reclaiming P3, a position which he held until the chequered flag.
The win extends Kevin’s lead at the top of the Formula Renault 3.5 series with Stoffel in second place.
In Formula Renault 2.0, fellow McLaren Young Driver Nyck de Vries secured a good 3rd place finish in Race 1 at Paul Ricard Circuit, coming home just 2.7 behind the winner.