Racing is tough but sometimes things just go your way. António Félix da Costa (POR - Arden Caterham) put in a great drive from 4th on the grid in Renault 3.5 Race 2 at the Hungaroring to start the last lap 2nd. That was converted to victory when Kevin Magnussen (DEN – Carlin) retired on the last lap.
“I was handed the win after Kevin Magnussen retired,” said the 21 year old Portuguese Red Bull Junior. “I feel sorry for him, but that’s racing, and it happened to me last week in the GP3 Series. This is a first victory for me and for Arden Caterham, so it’s obviously a great day for us. This isn’t my favourite circuit, but I won both races here in GP3 and now I’ve got my first victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.”
“It has been a very good weekend for all of us, with some minor weaknesses in qualifying. But the pace in the races was very good, and I was able to improve by several positions in each of the races.”
It was a beautiful summer day in Hungary and just as on Saturday for Race 1, Robin Frijns the championship leader was sitting on pole for the 4th time in the season having qualified 7 thousandths of a second quicker than Kevin Magnussen in a session in which 16 drivers were separated by less than a second.
Arthur Pic (Dams) and Antonio Felix da Costa lined up on the 2nd row, while Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) and Sam Bird (ISR), Frijns’s main title rivals, started in 7th and 9th respectively.
As the lights went out, Frijns stayed glued to the starting grid, allowing Magnussen to take the lead ahead of Felix da Costa, Will Stevens and Sam Bird. Marco Sorensen got away in 5th ahead of Arthur Pic, while Frijns slipped down to 7th, just in front of Jules Bianchi. The order changed again on lap 3 when Bianchi was overtaken by Kevin Korjus. Frijns gained a place the following lap by overtaking Pic, a move that saw the championship leader climb into 6th.
It was a 30 lap race with a mandatory pitstop but that only shook up the order temporarily. With all the drivers having made their stops, Magnussen regained the race lead, with Felix da Costa, Sorensen, Stevens, Bird, Pic and Frijns chasing behind.
There was not a great deal of action and although FdC took a few tenths out of Magnussen's lead he only shaved it from 6.6 seconds after the pit stops to 3.066 going onto the last lap. That should have been plenty for the Dane but he had a gearbox oil leak and was forced to stop on that final lap.
Félix da Costa grabbed victory for the first time in the competition. Sorensen finished 2nd and Stevens 3rd to complete an all-rookie podium. Frijns was 5th and strengthened his championship lead with a 24-point advantage at the top.