Marco Sørensen produced clean sweeps of pole position in both Saturday and Sunday's races at the Red Bull Ring, driving to an impressive victories in both races at the Red Bull Ring. The Dane took victory ahead of Nigel Melker (Tech 1 Racing) and his compatriot Kevin Magnussen (DAMS), with the latter regaining the championship lead following the retirement of Stoffel Vandoorne (Fortec Motorsports).
In Race 1:
In an eventful start to the race, Marco Sørensen managed to hold his lead, while overtaking manouvres and collisions happened behind him.
The safety car was introduced on lap 10 to allow Riccardo Agostini’s car to be removed, and again a short time later after a collision.
Unruffled by events around him, Sørensen eventually took victory ahead of Melker and Magnussen. Marlon Stockinger finished in P8, his highest position of the season so far.
Marco Sørensen: "I hope this victory can be the turning point for our season. We really didn’t have any luck at the start of the year. We need to finish the season in this vein, and work hard and do our best. I’m delighted with this win, which is my first since Spa last year."
In Race 2:
Melker was the fastest man in qualifying, but the Dutchman had his best lap deleted for blocking Magnussen. Marco Sørensen was duly promoted to pole position, with Melker alongside him on the front row.
Sørensen held his lead from the start, with Magnussen passing Melker after Stoffel Vandoorne had spun at turn one.
When the pit window opened, the majority of the drivers used the opportunity to make their stops. Melker pitted on lap seven, with Sørensen and Magnussen following two laps later. The race order remained unchanged, and Sørensen soon stretched his lead.
The Lotus driver, however, had his advantage wiped out on lap 22, after the safety car was introduced to remove Carlos Huertas’ car from the track following a spin.
Magnussen pushed hard after the restart, but Sørensen held on to win the race. Marlon Stockinger also added to his best weekend of the season so far by finishing in his highest position, P7.
Marco Sørensen: "It felt like a pretty long race! We weren’t sure how to make our stop at the right time without taking too many risks. It seems we made the right decision. I’d like to thank my team for supporting me when things haven’t been so good. I now can’t wait to go to Budepest and see if we can continue this run."