Romanian race pilot Mihai Marinescu has raced in the first stage of the World Series by Renault season in Barcelona and has registered a good result despite lacking financial backing.
Mihai Marinescu had the chance of being offered an almost free of charge place within Austria’s Interwetten Racing team. Marinescu ranked 13th in the second race after being forced to drop out of the previous race.
Mihai started the second race from the 22nd position after being penalized for dropping out of the previous race. Immediately after the start the Romanian driver won five positions. In the second lap the car’s engine inexplicably stalled. Marinescu managed to restart it after 10 seconds but lost 5 positions.
The Interwetten Racing driver continued the race and reached the 17th position ahead of the compulsory pitstops. After that he reached the 8th position. Because it started to rain Mihai Marinescu returned to the pits in order to change his tires, eventually finishing the race on the 13th position.
World Series by Renault is one of the most important schools for Formula 1. Fernando Alonso, Heikki Kovalainen, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel and Sebastian Buemi have all competed and left their mark on this competition.