The Final round of the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 season was completed with a spectacular 1-2 performance for Lotus today at Bahrain International Circuit. After securing the driver title with Pietro Fittipaldi in race 1, the Czech squad cruised in race 2: in addition to taking the win with Rene Binder, Lotus secured the team crown. The podium was completed by Sauber Formula 1 Team Development Driver Tatiana Calderon, also best rookie.
As the lights turned off Binder kept the lead from the pole while Fittipaldi was able to overtake Henrique Chaves for P2. On the other hand, Matevos Isaakyan, got stuck on the grid and was forced to take-off from the pit-lane.
In turn 3, Konstantin Tereschenko spun and sadly had to retire, while a second-lap contact in turn 1 with Chaves cost Alfonso Celis Jr an early pit-stop to change the nose.
On the third lap, Diego Menchaca got by Yu Kanamaru taking the virtual podium. At the beginning of the pit-window, on the fifth lap, Fittipaldi was the first man to take a tire change, followed by Isaakyan.
Lap 6 also brought Binder and Kanamaru in. The Austrian returned on-track fourth, ahead of Fittipaldi, while Menchaca was leading.
The Mexican made his way in on lap 9, followed by Calderon, but he would receive a drive-through penalty for a yellow-flag pass. The same penalty came for Kanamaru for forcing another car.
The Lotus Binder-Fittipaldi pairing thus got back atop the race. On the other hand, the Colombian female racer gained the third podium spot as she successfully defended herself from the attacks of team-mate Nissany.
Third place in points remained at stake until the closing stages. Celis Jr. was penalized 20 seconds for completing his pit-stop outside the window allowed by the rules. However, the considerable margin he had on Isaakyan still allowed him to end the season in third place.
The Sahara Formula One Force India third driver will be on-track in the FIA WEC Rookie Test, together with Champion Fittipaldi and runner-up Isaakyan.
Farewell to this series as this series has announced that it won’t be returning next year. RPM have plans in the future for a comeback.