Fastlane Magazine - page 4

Matevos Isaakyan
Imola, Pau, Red Bull Ring, Spa-
Francorchamps and Monza. It seems
yesterday when everything got started, but
the Formula Renault ALPS series already
lined-up for five of its seven rounds of 2014.
The first part of the season flowed away
tightly but smoothly before the well-deserved
break after Monza in June. The summer
break will be useful for many driver in order
to recharge their batteries and line-up again,
and ready to impress, for the closing stint
scheduled between September and October
between Mugello and Jerez de la Frontera. A
stint that will also deliver the name of the
2014 Champion. The list of possible
candidates is getting shorter and shorter,
with a name clearly on top of it: Nyck de
Vries. The Dutch racer was the dominator of
the early part of the year, scoring all the
points he could and now he's leading the
championship with seventy points more than
his closest rival. But his strengths are not
limited to that as he's probably the top man
of the field given his long F.Renault 2.0
experience as he's at his third year. Putting
him at the top of the list is thus a logical
choice. Behind him, a fight developed
between several drivers and there hasn't
been a clear contender able to recover the
points that Koiranen Racing driver rarely lost
along the way. It could have been Matevos
Isaakyan, but in the Monza round, the
Russian JD Motorsport driver didn't take the
occasion and leaving way to Charles
Leclerc. The young Monaco-based driver,
fielded by Fortec Motorsport, is growing up
well and fought for wins after progressively
improving his experience as he's at his first
season in open-wheel racing, in a process
that required some time. Now he's second in
points, followed by Isaakyan closely. On the
other hand, the latter can recriminate for
missing Round 1 due to age limits as he was
still not 16.
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