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Kevin Magnussen wins the final race of the season
20 October 2013
The fog had faded and the sun came out for the final race of Formula Renault 3.5 championship at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Kevin Magnussen had already been crowned champion but the Dane remained fully focused on securing another win this weekend.
“I do not want to think about second and third”, he told
following his win yesterday.
With 44 minutes and one lap remaining of the season, all drivers were determined to put their case forward for a 2014 seat. Magnussen started on pole followed by Stoffel Vandoorne, Arthur Pic and Will Stevens and Nico Müller.
Unlike race one, it was a clean start. Arthur Pic jumped Vandoorne to gain second place however the Belgian would regain his position one lap later. Müller also moved up one position on Will Stevens however the Briton's pit stop strategy would see a reshuffling in the order once again.
Race two required a mandatory pit stop for all drivers. Magnussen was first of the front runners to pit gifting Vandoorne with an open track. One lap later, the Belgian followed suit and changed his tyres.
A poor pit stop from Arthur Pic took him out of podium contention and into the gravel. The Frenchman was forced to retire as a result. AV Formula were put under investigation for an unsafe release following Pic's retirement.
Sergey Sirotkin was the first faller, retiring from the race after just three laps following a coming together with William Buller. The stewards are currently investigating the incident. This could be the final time the Russian drives a 3.5 litre model as a step up to Sauber F1 for 2014 looks more and more likely.
Stoffel Vandoorne kept pace with the championship winner until the Dane began to pull away; the runner up set out with a point to prove. Will Stevens would take another podium for P1 Motorsports, behind the two pace setters.
Nico Müller just missed out on another podium, finishing fourth. He was followed by Magnussen's team mate, Norman Nato and Carlos Sainz Jr whose early pit stop strategy pushed him up the finishing order.
Marco Sorensen's car was severely damaged in the first corner incident yesterday but the hard work of his mechanics took the Dane further up the points. He would finish seventh. Nigel Melker, Marlon Stockinger and Oliver Webb took the last remaining points.
Will Stevens added a fastest lap to his second podium of the weekend, a time of 1:32.313 set on his ninth rotation of the circuit. As the chequered flag fell on the season, Kevin Magnussen's dominance continued.
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