Matheo Tuscher remains in with a chance of becoming FIA Formula Two champion aged 15 after mastering wet conditions to win the first of the two races at the season finale at Monza.
The Swiss ace started from pole position, but was beaten to the first chicane by rival Luciano Bacheta. Tuscher then ended cutting across the grass and dropping to third as Kevin Mirocha stormed into the lead.
Even though second would be enough for him to secure the title, Bacheta made a risky move on Mirocha at Ascari that failed to come off, the two coming together and the Brit running through the gravel before rejoining second. He would then out-brake himself at the second chicane, falling to fourth behind Tuscher and Christopher Zanella.
Tuscher then worked his way into the lead past Mirocha and remained in the lead until the checkered flag.
“I had too much wheelspin at the start and saw that Luciano was already alongside me,” said Tuscher. “I then braked going into the chicane but the track was really slippery, in fact I’ve never seen a track that slippery before, and I had no grip so went over it.
“After that I was P3 and just everything happened with places changing all the time! I wasn’t as quick at the start of the race but I got faster and faster and was pleased to see the checkered flag. I will do my best to do the same tomorrow but we’ll have to see.”
Zanella finished less than three seconds behind, while Mirocha crossed the line 15 seconds after the winner, with Bacheta not far behind.
Single-seater returnee Harald Schlegelmilch was a fine fifth ahead of Mihai Marinescu and Dino Zamparelli. Markus Pommer’s slim title chances ended with an eighth place finish, with Alex Fontana and Axcil Jefferies rounding out the top ten.
20.5 points separate Bacheta and Tuscher, but as Bacheta must drop one score Tuscher could still claim a remarkable title if he wins and Bacheta comes no higher than sixth.