With four out of nine rounds completed – and two weeks to go until the next encounter at Austria’s Red Bull Ring – it’s time for a recap of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series season to date. From his debut at Motorland Aragón through to the maiden podium in Budapest, here are the highlights from each of Gustav’s races so far this year.
Motorland Aragón – Race 1
Gustav qualifies a sensational second for his first-ever FR3.5 race, but is eventually excluded from the results following a technicality surrounding the floor of his Strakka Racing car. Instead, he has to start from 20th and last on the grid, but still manages to immediately open up his points account following a series of overtaking moves.
Motorland Aragón – Race 2
Aragón is hit by torrential rain, and the race is red-flagged. After stalling in the pitlane ahead of the restart, Gustav is mistakenly held stationary by the stewards for a full lap while his rivals tour the circuit, effectively dropping him out of points contention. Once back out on track, Gustav at least puts on a good show to again make it past several rivals.
On his first visit to the narrow streets of Monte Carlo, Gustav qualifies strongly to line up right behind more experienced team-mate Tio Ellinas for Sunday’s sole race. However, the promise ultimately comes to nothing when both Strakka Racing drivers are eliminated in typical Monaco kerfuffle at the first corner.
Spa-Francorchamps – Race 1
Gustav transforms another solid qualifying performance to eighth place in the first race of the weekend in Belgium; his best result thus far in FR3.5.
Spa-Francorchamps – Race 2
An engine issue leaves Gustav vulnerable on Spa’s long straights, and he drops back as the race progresses. A slow start and a poor pit stop do little to help his cause.
Hungaroring – Race 1
In a flashback to the events of Spain, Gustav again has to line up dead last on the grid as the field reaches Budapest – this time after completing just two laps in qualifying. On a weekend of strong pace, however, he repeats his Motorland Aragón drive through the pack to salvage some valuable championship points – on a circuit notorious for its limited overtaking possibilities.
Hungaroring – Race 2
At last, it arrives – the first podium of the season. A good start, but primarily strong race craft at the first corner, set Gustav up for third place – and top rookie honours behind sophomore drivers Oliver Rowland and Matthieu Vaxiviere. Next stop Red Bull Ring!