Laine posted the fastest lap of the race at Spa

Finland’s Matias Laine, starting the race in eighth position after qualifying less than 0.3 seconds shy of Stevens’ best, made another outstanding launch to carve his way into the top four.

Although being re-passed for fifth on lap two, the Strakka Racing driver moved back into fourth when his team-mate pitted before then taking his own stop at the end of lap 11.

Despite encountering difficulties getting away from his pit-box, Laine returned to the track in eighth place and sensationally posted the fastest lap of the race – a time of 2m02.129 seconds – on lap 18 on his way to an eventual seventh place result.

“My start was good but after some laps the DRS stopped working, then, after the pit-stop, I stalled which was maybe something to do with the pressure drop we had,”, he commented, “After the stop I was pushing and trying really hard to recover, so I’m pleased to get the fastest lap and now really looking forward to Moscow.”

Stevens concludes the Spa weekend fourth in the championship on 68 points, just six shy of the top three, with Laine in 14thposition on 19 points. In the team standings, Strakka Racing holds fourth position on 87 points.

Next on the Formula Renault 3.5 Series schedule is a visit to Moscow Raceway in Russia over the weekend 28th/29thJune.

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