Ezequiel Montero has now won his 10th Grand Prix of the season after dominating the SRHF1 2018 Singapore Grand Prix last Thursday night. Pole Position went yet again to the Argentinian but it was Carlos Reina who surprised everyone after knocking down Argenis Riera from the front row and setting himself for a start next to the Renault driver.
After leading 59 laps, the Renault pit-wall looked nothing but concerned with the Argentinian's car when multiple brake failures started to occur. Montero saw his 60-second lead over Scime diminish in a matter of two laps when it was reported that two brake discs had failed. Luckily for the Renault driver, his lead was so large that he could cruise his car to victory. Scime would end up in a carreer best second place and Sanabria would round up the podium for Renault with a third place finish.
As it's usually the case around the Marina Bay Street Circuit, there were 10 retirements, but the most notorious one came from Deuce Michaels, after losing power in the back straight, he drifted into the race line only for Otto Acosta to crash heavily into the rear of the Haas. Acosta was running in third at the time and had to pit for a long repair, luckily, he was able to continue the race and grab the last point.
Montero now leads the Drivers Championship by 87 points over missing Cory Mackey. Renault have extended their lead over Ferrari to 47 points with 6 races to go.
Next up, Sochi. Will we see the Ferrari drivers back again? Will Cory Mackey make a return and put an end to Montero's winning streak? All questions to be answered on September 27th for the SRHF1 2018 Russian Grand Prix.
Ezequiel Montero left to the Milan Malpensa airport a happy man with a hattrick on his bag with Pole Position, Win, and Fastest Lap during the SRHF1 2018 Italian Grand Prix. Richard Walcott managed to secure second place 31 seconds behind the Argentinian while Benny Fascelli took the last step on the podium to the delight of his home fans. For a while, it looked like Fascelli was going to get second place but it looked like the Sauber strategy team got it wrong and fitted the Italian with a set of Supersofts during his presumable only stop, that meat that he had to stop once again for Mediums to avoid a disqualification.
The midfield was hard fought by Cardozo, Sanabria, Higgins, Scime, and Reina. This is where most of the race unfolded with Cardozo ending in 4th, Scime in 5th a few seconds behind, Sanabria in 6th just one second behind Scime, and lastly Higgins in 7th after a last-lap attempt to overtake Scime resulted in him spinning out at Ascari and seeing the checkered flag with a broken car. The stewards, later on, handed Scime a 20-second penalty for a previous incident with his teammate at the approach to turn 1.
Richard Haynie came in a distant 8th after suffering from a collision into the braking zone of turn 2 with Aron Gimenez which sent him from the midfield all the way down to almost last place very early in the race. Carlos Reina finished in 9th after being close to the podium for a while but a few mistakes towards the end of the race cost him a huge amount of points. Last to score a point was Aron Gimenez who was penalized with 15 seconds for his maneuver on Haynie which ultimately cost him one position.
Ferrari had a dismal display during the race with both star drivers missing-in-action. With both Cory Mackey and Ivan Georgiev not present for the Tifosi, Ferrari had to put behind the wheel Adam Freitas and Keyter Bautista. Bautista nearly ended up with a point in 11th place while Freitas' race ended prematurely on lap 12. With this result, Renault has now taken the lead of the Teams Championship.
This race marked Mat Harto's comeback after a long stint off the tracks. The British had been recovering from a wrist surgery who forced him out from 8 races. He managed to drive with a broken rear suspension after a heavy collision from Deuce Michaels on lap 1 destroyed his chances at a race finish.
We now have 7 races to go and Montero holds a commanding 62 point lead over Mackey. His defense of the title is all but secured at this point.
Next up, Singapore. Will the turmoil at Ferrari continue after the season departs European soil? Will we see Mackey and Georgiev back on track again to put on the fight to Renault? Stay tuned for the SRHF1 2018 Singapore Grand Prix from the Marina Bay Circuit on September 13.