Formula 2

Bortolotti Takes Lights To Flag Win Upon F2 Return

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Mirko Bortolotti won the opening race of the FIA Formula Two Championship in dominant fashion at Silverstone, leading from pole position until the checkered flag on his return to the series after a year away.

As the Italian made a good start off the line, his fellow front-row starter newcomer Miki Monras bogged down and was passed by Will Bratt. Bortolotti put in a series of fastest laps to secure the victory, winning with a margin of 5.3 seconds.

Bratt held off Monras to take second, while Mihai Marinescu made use of a good start to finish the race in fourth, the Romanian equalling his best ever finish. Ramon Pineiro finished fifth, resisting late pressure from returnee Tobias Hegewald.

Christopher Zanella took seventh from Alex Brundle in the middle of the race, shortly before Brundle suffered a puncture that dropped him down the order. Earlier in the race the Friday practice pacesetter Jack Clarke had also been passed by the Swiss debutant, the Briton finishing the race in eighth.

Max Snegirev finished ninth, the Russian having taken advantage of the battle between Tom Gladdis and Johannes Theobald which ended with the pair forcing each other wide and creating a gap for Snegirev to take the position. Gladdis came out on top in his battle with Theobald, finishing the race tenth. Theobald then came under pressure from Kelvin Snoeks, with contact between them putting both into retirement.

Final results after 21 laps:

Pos Driver Nat Time/Gap
1 Mirko Bortolotti ITA 39:36.405
2 Will Bratt GBR +5.337
3 Miki Monras ESP +6.929
4 Mihai Marinescu ROM +19.381
5 Ramon Pineiro ESP +26.243
6 Tobias Hegewald DEU +27.072
7 Christopher Zanella SWI +28.901
8 Jack Clarke GBR +40.496
9 Max Snegirev RUS +45.852
10 Tom Gladdis GBR +53.612
11 Armaan Ebrahim IND +54.607
12 Mikkel Mac DEN +58.323
13 Benjamin Lariche FRA +59.945
14 Thiemo Storz DEU +1:03.602
15 James Cole GBR +1:04.747
16 Jose Luis Abadin ESP +1:24.152
17 Julian Theobald DEU +1:29.379
18 Parthiva Sureshwaren IND + 1 Lap
19 Alex Brundle GBR + 1 Lap
20 Sunghak Mun KOR + 2 Laps
Ret Plamen Kralev BUL 14 Laps
Ret Kelvin Snoeks NED 12 Laps
Ret Johannes Theobald DEU 11 Laps
Ret Natalia Kowalska POL 11 Laps
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