Brazilian driver Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus), becomes the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 Champion, thanks to the second place gained in race 1 in Bahrain. Pietro, grandson of two times Formula 1 Champion Emerson, this puts his name besides great champions like Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz Jr, and more recently Oliver Rowland and Tom Dillmann. Rookie Henrique Chaves (AVF), was the winner of race.
One of the most thrilling race in World Series Formula V8 3.5 history gave the title to Fittipaldi and maiden win to Chaves.
At the beginning of the installation lap, the unexpected drama: Matevos Isaakyan stalls on the grid and he’s forced to enter the pit-lane. At the start, Chaves takes the leadership, while Rene Binder loses positions. Fittipaldi is in second position, followed by RP Motorsport trio, which was led by Roy Nissany. Binder gets back to 4th as he passes Yu Kanamaru during lap 4. Alfonso Celis Jr. and Konstantin Tereschenko battle for P7 during lap 6.
Meanwhile Isaakyan gets out of the pit-lane replaced the transmission. Under the chequered flag, positive debut in 5th place for Tatiana Calderon (RP Motorsports), Development Driver for Sauber F1 Team.
The race ends without any other change on top, except a puncture at Binder’s rear left tyre during lap 20, due to a contact with Kanamaru’s front wing in turn 2.
The final stage of 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 Season will take place tomorrow.
The last race will decide the second and third places in the championship: the two drivers will be awarded with a WEC Rookie Test.