The FIA Formula Two Feature race has concluded in Barcelona this afternoon with Carlin’s Lando Norris returning to the podium following a strong drive from eighth on the grid. Norris, who was on an alternate tyre strategy, drove well to gain positions when it mattered and took the flag in third to round off the podium. Team mate Sérgio Sette Câmara had it all to do in his race – the Brazilian had been devastatingly unlucky yesterday to suffer an engine problem during qualifying which meant he missed most of the session and was unable to capitalise on his strong free practice pace. As a result, he lined up in 14th on the grid but stormed through to seventh to take a front row start for tomorrow’s reverse grid Sprint Race.
Off the line the drama started early with Norris having to avoid a stalled car ahead; swerving well to move his Carlin car out of the way he continued his progress and was up to fifth position immediately. Sette Câmara was also making progress and up to tenth before an off for Maximilian Gunter gifted him an additional place but also brought out the Virtual Safety Car on track.
However soon enough eyes were turned towards the sky as the threat of rain started to loom. A few drops on track after a safety car period started to raise the tensions before a second Virtual Safety Car came out to add to the drama in the early stages. At a third VSC restart Norris had Jack Aitkin breathing down his neck before he pitted one lap ahead of the Carlin driver. As it was, Aitkin got the undercut which Norris set to turn around in the next few laps.
Sette Câmara jumped in the pits just a short while later and joined on track to continue his charge – by which point he was running in 12th and Norris 10th with the race leaders yet to pit for their mandatory tyre change.
Norris soon had Aitkin in his sights ahead; pulling a late breaking move the championship leader ran wheel to wheel with his rival before making the move stick and re-taking the position. However the drama continued when a fourth Virtual Safety Car was brought on track to deal with the stricken cars of Sean Gelael and Louis Deletraz who had come together at turn one.
Thankfully after the restart, the race was less frantic for the field as the clock began to count down the final minutes of the race. Norris began to put in a last lap effort for position however settled for a fantastic third place – marking his return to the podium. For Sette Câmara his brilliant recovery drive saw him take the flag in seventh place which in turn will lead to a front row start in tomorrow’s Sprint Race.
Norris said, “That was a really enjoyable race. Despite the conditions being a bit tricky it was also quite fun. It was a bit hard to judge our pace against the rest of the field, because we were on an alternate strategy, but the team did a great job and we had good pace. We started in 8th and got the podium as well as great points which is what we need for the championship even though it’s still early days.”