Artem Markelov took a straightforward victory in the Formula Two sprint race at the Red Bull Ring, finishing over five seconds ahead of George Russell.
Yesterday’s winner Russell worked his way up from eighth on the grid to finish second and take the lead in the drivers’ championship. Lando Norris, who had led point standings since the season began, had a difficult race and slipped out of the points in the latter stages.
The podium was completed by Sergio Sette Camara, who passed Markelov’s team mate Tadasuke Makino late in the race. Antonio Fuoco and Alexander Albon later demoted Makino to sixth. Santino Ferrucci and Nicholas Latifi completed the points scorers. Norris came in 11th behind Nieri Fukuzumi and Arjun Maini.
A late clash between Sean Gelael and Louis Deletraz produced the race’s only retirements.
At the halfway stage in the championship Russell now leads the standings on 132 points. Norris is 10 points behind and Markelov 38 adrift of the new leader.
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