Having taking pole position on Thursday, an ecstatic Théo Pourchaire converted it into his first FIA Formula 2 victory by controlling the feature race from the front.
The 17-year-old is the youngest ever race winner in Formula 2 as a result, taking that record away from Lando Norris, and he always looked in control of the situation, even when Robert Shwartzman was putting him under pressure early on.
Behind the magnificent ART rookie, Oscar Piastri found himself yet again in second as he profited from others’ misfortune. Shwartzman first had a bad pit stop which saw him drop behind Piastri and Carlin’s Dan Ticktum but it wouldn’t end there.
Piastri locked up after one of many virtual safety cars ended which opened the door for Ticktum to try and overtake. He was forced to the outside at La Rascasse but Piastri braked later and Ticktum was ran out of road. He stalled the car next to the barriers where Marcus Armstrong and Lirim Zendeli’s races ended in similar fashion.
Inheriting third after a fantastic drive was Felipe Drugovich who made the most of an early pit stop to jump a number of cars in the pit cycle, as well as benefitting from Ticktum’s downfall.
Shwartzman had to settle for fourth after PREMA’s poor stop but that is still good points for the Russian who really needs it in the championship. Especially as title leader Guanyu Zhou managed to claim fifth for UNI-Virtuosi to lead Piastri in the standings by 16 points, thanks to securing the fastest lap on the final tour.
Ralph Boschung had a quiet afternoon in sixth while Liam Lawson was able to salvage seventh ahead of his Hitech GP teammate Juri Vips. The Estonian also had a poor stop while in the fight for the lead.
Roy Nissany came home ninth to secure more points for DAMS after Armstrong’s luckless weekend while Richard Verschoor took the final point in tenth.
|1||Théo Pourchaire||ART||42 Laps|
|7||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||+31.288|
|8||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||+37.051|
|10||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||+49.513|
|15||Guilherme Samaia||Charouz||+1 Lap|
|16||Gianluca Petecof||Campos||+1 Lap|
|17||Alessio Deledda||HWA Racelab||+1 Lap|
|18||Jack Aitken||HWA Racelab||+2 Laps|
|19||Dan Ticktum||Carlin||DNF (Crash)|
|20||Lirim Zendeli||MP Motorsport||DNF (Crash)|
|21||Marcus Armstrong||DAMS||DNF (Crash)|
|22||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||DNF (Crash)|