Formula 2

Ilott profits from teammates lack of luck to take maiden F2 win

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 04: during the feature race for the Formula 2 Championship at Red Bull Ring on July 04, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

UNI-Virtuosi’s Callum Ilott took his first ever win in FIA Formula 2 after his teammate and pole-sitter Guanyu Zhou suffered engine problems while leading.

The Ferrari Academy driver hounded his Chinese teammate for much of the race and found himself in the lucky seat as Zhou slowed and pitted with his engine dropping in power.

A late safety car for Artem Markelov’s stranded HWA machine (seemingly with the same issue as Zhou) made for an intriguing final ten laps where Ilott was expecting a big challenge from Mick Schumacher, but the German ran off the road at turn seven and dropped out of the points.

Behind Ilott came a horde of rookies, who were all tied together for the duration of the safety car restart. Marcus Armstrong benefited from a very early pit stop to gain track position and he defended resolutely from Robert Shwartzman to hold onto second.

Armstrong’s teammate Christian Lundgaard also faced a stern challenge as Dan Ticktum looked to gain on his fifth placed, but the Dane, like his teammate, held on.

Perhaps the star man was Guiliano Alesi who gained eight places on the opening lap and then used the alternate strategy to drive his way to sixth position, overtaking Louis Delétraz with just three laps to go.

Finishing eighth and starting the sprint race from reverse grid pole is Felipe Drugovich who dropped back from his front row start. His MP Motorsport teammate Nobuharu Matsushita and Roy Nissany completed the points.

Both Luca Ghiotto and Marino Sato failed to even make the start of the race with mechanical issues before the race.

There was also disaster for the Carlin team as Jehan Daruvala and Yuki Tsunoda collided at turn three on the opening lap to prohibit any chance of points.

Pos.NameTeamTime / Gap
1Callum IlottUNI-Virtuosi54:21:050
2Marcus ArmstrongART+8.856
3Robert ShwartzmanPREMA+9.291
4Christian LundgaardART+10.878
5Dan TicktumDAMS+11.277
6Guiliano AlesiHWA Racelab+12.828
7Louis DelétrazCharouz+16.267
8Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport+17.033
9Nobuharu MatsushitaMP Motorsport+17.435
10Roy NissanyTrident+19.543
11Mick SchumacherPREMA+20.049
12Jehan DaruvalaCarlin+22.008
13Pedro PiquetCharouz+24.996
14Nikita MazepinHitech GP+25.885
15Jack AitkenCampos+30.138
16Guilherme SamaiaCampos+53.934
17Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi+1 Lap
18Yuki TsunodaCarlin+1 Lap
19Artem MarkelovHWA RacelabDNF (Mechanical)
20Sean GelaelDAMSDNF (Mechanical)
21Marino SatoTridentDNS (Mechanical)
22Luca GhiottoHitech GPDNS (Mechanical)
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