Antonio Felix da Costa got his season back on track with his second Formula Renault 3.5 win of the year at the Hungaroring.
The Red Bull junior, who is trying to earn a Formula 1 graduation to Toro Rosso for next year, slipped from second to third at the start but took the lead during the mandatory pit stops.
With championship leaders Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne out front in the early laps, da Costa was giving chase and proved to be the quickest of the trio as they pulled away from the rest of the field. He then waited for both of the McLaren F1 juniors to pit to give him clear track, and he emerged from his own stop just ahead of them.
Magnussen attacked on the outside into Turn 2 but da Costa held firm, and from there he drove away to a comfortable winning margin of more than six seconds.
The battle for second remained tight between title rivals Magnussen and Vandoorne, but it was the championship leader who hung on to extend his gap back to the Belgian rookie in the points race to 46.
Behind the leaders, Nigel Melker capitalized on an early stop to vault up the order, converting 10th place on the grid into fourth by the finish. He was made to work hard for that position by Nico Muller in the closing stages, but the race one winner couldn’t quite find a way by and had to settle for fifth place.
Results - 28 laps:Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Antonio F.da Costa Arden Caterham 45m40.876s 2. Kevin Magnussen DAMS +6.547s 3. Stoffel Vandoorne Fortec +7.230s 4. Nigel Melker Tech 1 +18.802s 5. Nico Muller Draco +19.128s 6. Andre Negrao Draco +22.016s 7. Marlon Stockinger Lotus +24.252s 8. Carlos Huertas Carlin +29.469s 9. Marco Sorensen Lotus +29.864s10. Oliver Webb Fortec +31.073s11. Norman Nato DAMS +44.567s12. Sergey Sirotkin ISR +44.871s13. Mikhail Aleshin Tech 1 +51.204s14. Pietro Fantin Arden Caterham +51.949s15. Matias Laine P1 +52.844s16. William Buller Zeta Corse +53.228s17. Lucas Foresti Comtec +54.154s18. Zoel Amberg Pons +54.727s19. Christopher Zanella ISR +55.918s20. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin +58.007s21. Yann Cunha AV Formula +1m07.540s22. Carlos Sainz Jr. Zeta Corse +1m13.012sRetirements: Daniil Move Comtec 24 laps Nikolai Martsenko Pons R 22 laps Arthur Pic AV Formula 13 laps Will Stevens P1 1 lap