The fourth round of the World Series by Renault brought another podium finish for the Lotus team. Marco Sørensen finished second in Sunday’s race at Nürburgring and won the rookie classification.
The Czech team scored points in Race 1 thanks to a sixth place from Sorensen. The Dane started seventh after he qualified just fifty two thousands of a second behind fourth place Nico Müller. The race was drama-free and Sorensen took eight points.
Cesar Ramos, who stands in for the injured Richie Stanaway, qualified ninth for the Saturday’s race. He was fighting for a top 10 finish but touched a rival just before the end and finished 12th.
Qualifying for the Sunday’s showdown was better for Marco Sørensen who finished second while Cesar Ramos improved to line up fifth. Changeable and unpredictable weather complicated Race 2. There was light shower at the beginning and Marco continued on slicks which turned out to be a good decision as the track dried out. However, shortly after the mandatory stop rain returned and Marco had to pit again. Thanks to a great fight back he crossed the line second and scored more points for himself and the team. Cesar ended up empty handed after he got booted off the track by a rival.
Lotus move up to fourth place with 79 points in the overall standings just six points behind third. Also Marco Sørensen is fourth with 71 points.
Marco Sørensen: “I flat-spotted my right front tyre while braking for the very first corner of Saturday’s race and felt vibrations during the whole race. However, I still managed to overtake [Walter] Grubmüller and finished sixth. Sunday was a bit like a lottery. One lap after the mandatory pitstop it started to rain and I had to pit again. I managed to fight back and I am really happy with second. We have important points and we are now looking forward to Moscow in two weeks, which is new for everyone.”
Cesar Ramos: “I made a good start on Saturday but lost few places during opening lap. I was fighting for 10th place but finished 12th after a light collision with my rival. I qualified fifth for Sunday but again lost few places after the start. In the end, one driver made a mistake and spun and I collided with him. That was end of my race.”
Bob Vavík: “From the team point of view it was another good weekend because we learned a lot and scored points. Second place is great because it was another tough weekend. Also Cesar showed good speed during his return to Formula Renault 3.5 and set great fifth time in the Sunday’s qualifying. Only problems prevented him getting points. I must say big thanks to the whole team because once again they did a great job.”