Stoffel went into the race from ninth position and was involved in his fair share of the hard-fought duels right from the start: “That was a tough and highly eventful race for me. My car was clattered into from all sides and afterwards didn’t drive one hundred percent straight. Consequently, it was very difficult to keep it going all the way to the finish. But I’m glad that I managed to do that, because there were a lot of incidents today.”
Ian James was full of praise for Stoffel’s battling performance: “Stoffel also did a solid job out on the track. I am proud that he’s now leading the drivers’ standings.” With three out of the 14 races in the 2019/20 season now complete, Stoffel (38 points) leads the overall standings by a three-point margin over Alexander Sims (35 points).
“It’s important for us to have scored decent points again,” said Stoffel. “That’s what matters in this championship. Maybe we lost a few points today, but now we need to look ahead and do better in the next race.”
Incidentally, Stoffel also holds the lead in another classification: in Santiago, he secured the biggest fan-boost vote for the third time in a row. Nyck, too, had the benefit of additional power from the fan voting in all three races of the season so far.