Ivan Georgiev has captured his first win of the year after leading his teammate to a 1-2 finish in France.
It was all red at the Circuit Paul Ricard when the Italian team set the fastest time during Tuesday Practice, claimed Pole Position at the hands of Cory Mackey, and secured a 1-2 finish including the fastest lap of the race last Thursday.
The race gave us an interesting fight for all steps of the podium with Georgiev, Montero, and Mackey fighting since the start all the way through to the chequered flag. Georgiev managed to lead the race for 30 laps to end at the top of the podium. Meanwhile, his teammate, made a pass on Ezequiel Montero with 2 laps to go to secure the 1-2 finish for Ferrari. Montero had to settle for a third place after dropping 14 seconds behind Mackey. Acosta would be best-of-the-rest in a league of his own finishing 29 seconds behind the lead and making good use of the Hard compound during his third stint. Magasrevy would fend off Higgins after a race-long battle with the Haas driver to finish in 5th by less than a second ahead of the American. Richard Walcott opted for a longer stint with the Hards going for 28 laps, at the end this cost him dearly when he had to make 2 more stops which put him in 7th, it was nonetheless a good result for the Bermudan after starting in 16th place. Fisher would be the first of the Renaults in 8th after having to cope with severe tire degradation. Daniel Sara made his return to finish in 9th after chasing down the leaders in the early stages of the race. Rounding up the point-scoring positions we have Jeff Oppenheim who has once again managed to score points for Toro Rosso.
Outside the top 10, we have Jacobo Cardozo, who was getting really close to Oppenheim but with a few laps to go a radio messages from the SRHF1 pit wall informed him of low fuel so he had to turn the engine down and missed out on the points. In P12 we have Richard Haynie, this was quite a surprise given his performance so far this season. Apparently, a late minute setup change severely affected his car, or so we heard after the race. The Ghost David Carney finished in the spooky 13th place after being in the points for most of the race. In P14 we have The Huntsman Craig Hunter finishing 2 laps down.
This race only gave us three retirements, The Captain John Cook on lap 22 from P16, Mike Conger on lap 48 from P15, and late in the race Jacobo Cardozo running out of fuel on the last lap from P11.
With this result, Georgiev is now leading the Drivers Championship by 10 points ahead of defending champion Ezequiel Montero. His teammate is 12 points behind the Argentinian in 3rd. Argenis Riera is somehow still in 4th but dropping after missing out a few races. Then we start with the best-of-the-rest with Acosta, Magasrevy, Walcott, Fisher, and Haynie all fighting for the fifth spot. Carney would round up the top 10 in the standings with 33 points.
In the Teams Championship, Ferrari has a commanding 33-point lead over Mercedes. Williams sits a distant 3rd yet they have a comfortable 30-point gap over SRHF1. Renault sits in 5th just 4 points behind SRHF1.
There is no time to rest as we now move to Spielberg for a back-to-back race. Will Ferrari keep their dominance? Will we see a new winner emerge at the Red Bull Ring? Will Renault use 10 sets of tires during the race? Stay tuned this Thursday for the SRHF1 2019 Austrian Grand Prix!