Pietro Fittipaldi scores victory in the second race of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and increased his driver championship lead as he now stands with 208 points.
Joining him on the podium was Alfonso Celis Jr (Fortec Motorsports), who was supported by thousands of fans and fellow Mexicans on-track, and Konstantin Tereschenko (Teo Martin Motorsport), in his first ever overall podium , who also led the rookie rankings. The legend himself, 2-time Formula 1 World Champion and 500 Indy winner Emerson Fittipaldi, joined the celebrations too by taking part in the prize giving ceremony on the podium.
Race 2 in Mexico City was for sure one of the most spectacular of the year, wrapping up in style the seventh round of the 2017 season. Fittipaldi, who started on the pole, managed his lead and increased his margin at the top of the standings. Unfortunately, Matevos Isaakyan (SMP Racing by AVF), his main championship contender, got stuck on the grid and was later involved in a contact with Roy Nissany (RP Motorsport) during the last lap, settling for fourth place which eventually handed the final podium placing to fellow Russian Tereschenko.
A turn 1 contact at the beginning of the second lap there was contact between Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF) and Alex Palou (Teo Martin Motorsport) out of contention, calling the safety-car and handing the chance to grab a valuable podium finish to Sahara Force India Formula One third driver Celis.
The Mexican all but secured second place when Rene Binder (Lotus) stopped in the pit-lane with an electronical failure. Rounding out the top-5, and finishing as the second best rookie.
With teams and drivers moving to Austin TX for the 1st ever US World Series event, Fittipaldi leads the driver rankings with 208 points versus the 193 of Isaakyan and the 178 of Celis.