Da Costa ends win drought, Magnussen extends lead

By on Sunday, September 15, 2013
Formula Renault 3.5 Series

Formula Renault 3.5 Series

Red Bull youngster Antonio Felix da Costa has ended his victory drought by winning the second Formula Renault 3.5 Series race in Hungary.

It is Da Costa's first win since the opening round of the season at Monza in April.

Da Costa, whose future is likely to be decided this month, is the leading contender for the vacant Toro Rosso seat next season.

The Portuguese driver started from second place on the grid at the Hungaroring and while he dropped to third, he took the lead during the mandatory pit stop phase.

Da Costa had been forced to retire from the opening race in wet conditions, having sustained damage in a collision with Mikhail Aleshin.

The opening race was won by Nico Muller, who dominated in atrocious conditions to win by 26 seconds.

Behind him was McLaren youngster Kevin Magnussen. The Dane started from 16th on the grid but charged through the pack to finish as runner-up to Muller.

Magnussen also finished in second place in Sunday's race, extending his championship lead over fellow McLaren young driver Stoffel Vandoorne to 36 points. Vandoorne managed fourth and third place across the two races.

Potential 2014 Sauber driver Sergey Sirotkin finished on the podium in the drenched opening race but managed only 12th in Sunday's affair.

Da Costa's victory elevates him to third place in the championship, level on points with Nigel Melker.

Another Red Bull young driver, GP3 regular Carlos Sainz Jr, returned to the series with Zeta Corse and managed seventh place in the opening race.

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