Ghiotto Proves Overtaking Prowess Again at Silverstone

Luca Ghiotto finished second on Sunday at Silverstone - Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/FIA Formula 2

Luca Ghiotto once again showed his fighting spirit during Saturday’s Feature race at Silverstone, with the Russian Time driver climbing from thirteenth on the grid to claim sixth position.

The Italian admitted to struggling with the balance of his car during Friday’s qualifying session but found it more to his liking on Saturday, and found himself making good moves up the field, with the last two on Nicholas Latifi and Jordan King securing himself sixth.

“The car felt better than in qualifying and I was able to drive an attacking race,” said Ghiotto. “I was quickly up into the top 10, then managed to pass Latifi and then King with a good move into Village, getting myself into the top six.

“That was important to give myself a decent starting position for [the] sprint race, when hopefully I can score more strong points.”

Starting from third on the grid on Sunday, Ghiotto moved up to second on the opening lap, and maintained that position until the chequered flag to maintain his fifth place in the championship standings, despite feeling he struggled with his tyres more than the drivers around him.

“After yesterday, when my pace was as good as anyone’s, I thought I could win today, so I’m not entirely happy with second,” said Ghiotto. “But today I didn’t have the same pace, which may have been down to the tyres.

“Of the top five I was definitely struggling most, so I think second is the best I could have done. I knew that Rowland, behind me, had a penalty, but it was still important to stay second on the road and hold off the cars behind him.”