Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus) scored 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 were 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.
Today’s 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 put Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF) and Alex Palou (Teo Martin Motorsport) out of contention, calling in 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, was the other home hero Diego Menchaca (Fortec Motorsports) who put up a great comeback despite being forced to start from the pit-lane.
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.
Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus)
“This is kind of a second home for me and I’m really happy for how this week-end went. Two poles and two wins with all my family and my grandfather here made everything even more special. The car was perfect, the team did a great job and we are finally back in the lead after a difficult weekend in Germany”.
Alfonso Celis Jr. (Fortec Motorsports)
“To finish on the podium in front of my home crowd is amazing. People here are crazy for motorsport and I loved to race on this track. I know pretty well the two remaining tracks on the schedule, Austin and Bahrain, so hopefully I’ll be able to do what Pietro did here”.
Konstantin Tereschenko (Teo Martin Motorsport)
“I can’t even tell how happy I am now. We started almost in the middle of nowhere this season and we progressively inched closer to the podium until we reached it today. It’s a great result”.