Lance Stroll extended his championship lead with a seventh victory of 2016 at a wet Spa-Francorchamps in a race affected heavily by the safety car.
The race began, and ended, behind the safety car, with the majority of the first half of the race seeing Stroll lead the field behind it, with only fourteen minutes on the clock remaining when the race finally got underway.
Stroll was in a league of his own when at the front of the field, building up almost a nine-second advantage when the safety car was called upon again when Weiron Tan crashed at Les Combes, moments after taking a drive-through penalty for overtaking under the first safety car.
The clock run down to zero before the action could resume again, meaning Prema Powerteam’s Stroll secured the victory, leading a team 1-2 from team-mate and his closest championship rival Maximilian Günther.
Ben Barnicoat took the final podium spot after a great battle in the few green flag laps of the race with Nick Cassidy, who was denied in making it a Prema 1-2-3 by the Hitech GP driver. Cassidy passed Barnicoat into La Source only for the Briton to re-pass the New Zealander into Eau Rouge.
George Russell secured fifth for Hitech GP after making a pass on Harrison Newey at Les Combes, but the Van Amersfoort Racing driver still managed to secure his best result of the season in sixth.
Mücke Motorsport’s German teenager David Beckmann secured seventh despite tangling with team-mate Mikkel Jensen at La Source that saw the Dane retire from the race.
Ralf Aron finished eighth for Prema Powerteam, while Carlin duo Ryan Tveter and Alessio Lorandi completed the top ten.
Spa-Francorchamps Race 1 Result
|1||1||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||38:47.746|
|2||17||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Prema Powerteam||+0.655|
|3||24||Ben Barnicoat||GBR||Hitech GP||+1.701|
|4||2||Nick Cassidy||NZL||Prema Powerteam||+2.299|
|5||12||George Russell||GBR||Hitech GP||+3.580|
|6||20||Harrison Newey||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||+5.492|
|7||8||David Beckmann||GER||Mucke Motorsport||+7.152|
|8||16||Ralf Aron||EST||Prema Powerteam||+8.311|
|12||11||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Hitech GP||+14.342|
|13||15||Ukyo Sasahara||JAP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+16.242|
|15||9||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||+20.197|
|16||6||Callum Ilott||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||+21.241|
|18||5||Pedro Piquet||BRZ||Van Amersfoort Racing||+25.937|
|RET||7||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||21||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Van Amersfoort Racing||Retired|