Formula 2

Vips doubles up to announce title challenge

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Credit: FIA Formula 2

After winning his first FIA Formula 2 race yesterday, Juri Vips wasted no time in doubling his tally in the feature race in Baku after championship leader Guanyu Zhou failed to score.

Vips started on the front row in second and he made the decisive move immediately, getting a better start than Hitech GP teammate and pole sitter Liam Lawson to overtake the Kiwi into turn one.

And despite some mild late race pressure from Oscar Piastri, The Estonian Red Bull junior controlled the pace of the race and rightfully claimed his second win of a stellar weekend.

Piastri had a five second penalty for an unsafe release however so Vips’ victory was never in serious danger but Piastri was still classified second as the duo were the class of the field.

The Australian was comfortably clear of PREMA teammate Robert Shwartzman who lacked the outright pace on the medium tyres but he made the most of the supersofts to make several clean overtakes on his way to third place.

Saving the day for UNI-Virtuosi was Felipe Drugovich who stayed calm and made the right moves to finish fourth while teammate Zhou struggled all race for speed and could only manage 13th which saw his points lead slashed to five points over Piastri.

Ralph Boschung kept himself out of trouble for a super fifth for Campos while Liam Lawson and Dan Ticktum battled back from penalties to score valuable points.

Lawson got ten seconds worth for excessive blocking at the pit exit on the opening lap on Théo Pourchaire while Ticktum was given the same punishment for a three-wide incident that saw the Frenchman and Marcus Armstrong out of the race.

Lawson was able to fight his way back to sixth while Ticktum came home eighth with the fastest lap behind Carlin teammate Jehan Daruvala who continues to build his points total under the radar.

Christian Lundgaard managed to salvage two points from another tough weekend in ninth ahead of Lirim Zendeli for MP Motorsport.

Pos.NameTeamLaps/Gap
1Juri VipsHitech GP28 Laps
2Oscar PiastriPREMA+6.152
3Robert ShwartzmanPREMA+12.623
4Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi+22.400
5Ralph BoschungCampos+24.418
6Liam LawsonHitech GP+26.207
7Jehan DaruvalaCarlin+28.081
8Dan TicktumCarlin+29.801
9Christian LundgaardART+34.058
10Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport+36.167
11Jack AitkenHWA Racelab+36.993
12David BeckmannCharouz+39.973
13Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi+47.934
14Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport+48.794
15Marino SatoTrident+55.485
16Roy NissanyDAMS+55.825
17Bent ViscaalTrident+56.970
18Guilherme SamaiaCharouz+1 Lap
19Alessio DeleddaHWA Racelab+1 Lap
20Théo PourchaireARTDNF (Damage)
21Marcus ArmstrongDAMSDNF (Crash)
22Matteo NanniniCamposDNS (Mechanical)
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