Colton Herta wins the St-Petersburg GP, Pagenaud third – Fil Info

Young American Colton Herta dominated Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix in St. Petersburg (Florida) from start to finish, ahead of compatriot Joseph Newgarden and Frenchman Simon Pagenaud. 21-year-old Colton Herta, who started from pole position, won 4th victory of his career in this championship behind the wheel of his Andretti team car. He resisted in the second part of the race when Newgarden (Penske) started 3rd on the grid and who had opted for a different tire strategy; Simon Pagenaud (Penske) climbed to the third step of the podium, while ‘he started 4th on the grid.The race, contested in hot, 30 degrees, and sunny weather was marked by numerous yellow flags and interventions from the safety car which regularly tightened the peloton, preventing Herta from widen the gap. He finished some 2.5 seconds ahead of Newgargen and 6 over Pagenaud, the second round of the championship after the Alabama Grand Prix which was won last week by Spaniard Alex Palou. Some 20,000 spectators attended this race, contested in the streets of the city.

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