Callum Ilott converted pole position into race victory as he took over the FIA Formula 2 championship lead after a truly dominant display of driving.
He was able to break the DRS early on and he never looked back, eventually taking victory by a colossal eight and a half seconds over Christian Lundgaard.
The UNI-Virtuosi driver was simply in a different league to the rest who suffered more from tyre wear than the race winner and engaged in great battles behind.
Lundgaard dropped to third at the start as Dan Ticktum got off to a brilliant start but the Brit dropped off significantly during both stints and only just held on to fifteenth. He was audibly furious on the radio as a promising result faded away rapidly.
Jack Aitken made it two British drivers on the Silverstone podium as he resisted mid-race pressure from Louis Delétraz to secure third place for his Campos team.
Delétraz ran fourth for most of the race but he was overtaken on the last lap by a charging Nikita Mazepin who made the alternative strategy work as he did a week ago when he won the feature race.
Yuki Tsunoda was slightly disappointed with qualifying but recovered really well to finish sixth ahead of the PREMA duo Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman.
They will start alongside each other on the front row with Shwartzman looking to regain his championship lead from reverse grid pole position. It’s a race that PREMA should be looking for big points from the keep the rest of the field in check.
Following the Italian squad home was Ilott’s teammate Guanyu Zhou who seemed quicker than the two in front of him but he couldn’t find a way past. Felipe Drugovich secured the final point in tenth for MP Motorsport in a quiet race for the Dutch team.
|1||Callum Ilott||UNI-Virtuosi||29 Laps|
|4||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech GP||+15.020|
|10||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||+24.127|
|11||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||+26.418|
|13||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech GP||+36.114|
|16||Guiliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||+32.252|
|19||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||+74.193|
|21||Pedro Piquet||Charouz||+1 Lap|
|22||Sean Gelael||DAMS||+8 Laps|