FR3.5 » 1 January 1901
Jousse wins at last.
Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Jousse maintained his concentration to the end, finally taking a long-awaited first win of the year, and moving back into second spot in the standings as a result. Even though the championship has already been decided in favour of the absent Giedo van der Garde - the Dutchman trying his hand in GP2 Asia - the battle for second continues to rage between Jousse and Carbone, the Brazilian finishing fifth in the race.
“I have been waiting a long time for this victory, and it feels good, especially as it's important for the team and driver standings," Jousse admitted, "I saw Bonanomi's roll and was scared that he would crash into me, but I then took advantage of a mistake by Aleshin…and the end of the race was a lot calmer.”
Between the contenders, a brake-affected Aleshin held off repeated attacks from Carlin colleague Wickens to claim second spot, while Albuquerque claimed fourth. Alvaro Barba, James Walker, Charles Pic - despite not having set a qualifying time - Alexandre Marsoin and Duncan Tappy rounded out the top ten.
“Carlin Motorsport prepared the cars well today," Wickens confirmed, "After the first safety car, I didn't think that I would do any better than fourth place, but I quickly caught up with the leading group. I did everything I could to overtake, but I had to make do with third place.”
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