We were promised a great battle for second in the Series Standings. Unfortunately, teammates and rivals Jack Aitken and Nirei Fukuzumi never really had the pace to take their fight to the front of the field. The Japanese driver looked stronger than the Briton after he qualified P6, but he messed up his start and dropped down the order. He then made a small contact with Giuliano Alesi, and was unable to move up the field, classifying P15. He crossed the line on Sunday one place higher, but nowhere near his 2017 standards. The Honda protégé was still pleased on Sunday night to take home a trophy for third place in the Drivers’ Standings. It was a disappointing weekend for Aitken too: the Renault development driver lacked pace in free practice, qualifying and Race 1, where he took P14 at the flag. In Race 2, he finished tenth on the line but classified P8 following time penalties handed to Niko Kari and Bruno Baptista. Aitken’s cheeky smile returned at the Prize Giving Ceremony, when he was awarded the trophy for 2017 Runner Up.