Formula 2 star Victor Martins finished eighth at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday but almost had a horrible moment with a fire marshal around a corner.
Jack Doohan’s car had crashed and caught fire, and firefighters jumped onto the track to deal with the blaze. As fire chiefs extinguished the fire, Martins failed to slow down under caution and nearly struck one of them.
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F2 officials red-flagged the race while stewards tended to Doohan’s car and in hopes of avoiding another nearby incident. Later, Martins received a direct sanction for his actions.
Martins finished in the top 10 just ahead of Jack Crawford and just behind Roman Stanek.
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Martins moved into F2 after winning the Formula 3 Championship last season. He too won the Formula Renault Cup in 2020 before moving to F3. This season, he is 15th in the standings.
Frederik Vesti won Sunday’s race, narrowly beating Martins’ ART Grand Prix teammate Theo Pouchire and Zane Maloney.
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«P1 in the main race in Monaco,» Vesti said, via the F2 website. «What a day this is and what a weekend, pole position too, which is good! We are also leading the Championship, which is also good. I want to thank Mercedes and PREMA for the support, the car is mega. Now «It’s time to keep pushing, we already have a race weekend next week in Barcelona. Let’s stay fit and keep pushing.»