The cause of Stefano Coletti’s retirement seven laps into the Feature Race has been found.
Racing Engineering have diagnosed an alternator belt failure to be the reason behind Coletti’s retirement in Sochi. The team issued a press release in which Sporting Director Thomas Couyotopoulo said “It’s good to have Lello finishing on the podium again but a pity to see Stefano retiring due to an alternator belt failure that could not be anticipated.”
The Monegasque stopped out on the track on lap seven and his stricken car sparked the Safety Car to be released.
Racing Engineering’s other driver Raffaele Marciello fared much better, finishing on the podium behind Jolyon Palmer and Mitch Evans.
The Italian driver dedicated his silverware to former GP2 race winner and fellow Ferrari Driver Academy member Jules Bianchi who remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.