Formula V8 at Nürburgring: Maiden victory for rookie Alex Palou
Alex Palou (Teo Martin Motorsport) converts his second pole position of the weekend into his maiden Formula V8 victory today at Nürburgring. The Spanish driver, who debuted in the World Series Formula V8 3.5 this weekend, won the race ahead of yesterday’s winner Matevos Isaakyan (SMP Racing by AVF) and his SMP Racing teammate Egor Orudzhev.
Because of wet conditions, the race started behind the Safety car. Palou didn’t repeat yesterday’s mistake from the start and he defended his lead in the opening lap. The race was interrupted in the early phase by another SC intervention after Giuseppe Cipriani’s spin on the track.
Palou stayed in the lead until the obligatory pit stops, when he lost the first place to Matevos Isaakyan. On lap 12, Isaakyan missed the braking point in Turn 1 and went over the gravel, dropping to P3 behind Palou and Konstantin Tereshchenko.
Tereshchenko crossed the finish line as the second-placed driver but the 10-second penalty because of pitstop infringement put him out of podium to P4. Alfonso Celis Jr was penalized because of same reason, being demoted from P7 to P8 after the race. Roy Nissany finished fifth, ahead of Pietro Fittipaldi and Yu Kanamaru.
Matevos Isaakyan is a new championship leader after six rounds and twelve races. He collects 163 points, five more than Pietro Fittipaldi. The next round is scheduled for September 2-3 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico.