Daniel Ticktum won the FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race on Saturday evening ahead of Jüri Vips and Robert Shwartzman, following a spell of torrential rain that postponed the morning race.
Starting on reverse pole position, the Brit comfortably lead the entirety of the race with some pressure from the Red Bull junior Vips behind him.
Meanwhile the top two championship contenders both failed to score points on a tricky damp track. Guanyu Zhou lost it on his way to the grid and was unable to take part in the race. The same fate befell his Uni-Virtuosi team-mate Felipe Drugovich, although the Brazilian’s crash was more spectacular as he hit the wall and ended his weekend’s participation completely.
Oscar Piastri failed to capitalize on his rival’s mistake, finishing ninth in a race which didn’t provide as many overtakes as Formula 2 usually offers. This was mainly down to the drying track. With the whole field on slick tyres and a single dry line, it was too risky to attempt a run down the inside into the hard breaking zones of turn two and turn thirteen.
The officials decided to start the race under safety car conditions and so Ticktum led the rest of the grid behind the safety car for two laps. When the race got under way, the front three of Ticktum, Vips and Liam Lawson started to pull away from the pack.
Vips found it difficult to overtake with DRS disabled due to the weather and was halted when the Virtual Safety Car was brought out after Bent Viscaal found himself facing the wrong way at turn fifteen. The green flag was waved a lap later and Lawson clipped the barrier at turn thirteen after a brake failure and was forced to retire, gifting Shwartzman a podium position at his home race.
After another brief VSC period, the racing was resumed and Ticktum started to open a gap up between himself and Vips behind. The Estonian started to come back at the Carlin driver in the latter stages of the race, but it was all too late.
Jake Hughes finished behind the front three in fourth for HWA Racelab, his best result in Formula 2 in just his second round of the season. Théo Pourchaire rounded the top five for ART Grand Prix, with Ralph Boschung (Campos Racing), Christian Lundgaard (ART Grand Prix) and Richard Verschoor (MP Motorsport) completing the rest of the points positions.
Jehan Daruvala was on course for points, but the Red Bull-backed Indian spun his Carlin machine late in the race and fell down the order, ultimately finishing twelfth.
|2||8||Jüri Vips||EST||Hitech Grand Prix||+4.422|
|3||1||Robert Shwartzman||RAF||Prema Powerteam||+6.638|
|4||22||Jake Hughes||GBR||HWA Racelab||+8.894|
|5||10||Théo Pourchaire||FRA||ART Grand Prix||+9.824|
|6||21||Ralph Boschung||CHE||Campos Racing||+12.994|
|7||9||Christian Lundgaard||DNK||ART Grand Prix||+13.669|
|8||11||Richard Verschoor||NLD||MP Motorsport||+14.172|
|9||2||Oscar Piastri||AUS||Prema Powerteam||+14.921|
|10||12||Lirim Zendeli||DEU||MP Motorsport||+17.268|
|13||15||Guilherme Samaia||BRA||Charouz Racing System||+28.764|
|15||20||David Beckmann||DEU||Campos Racing||+57.671|
|17||14||Enzo Fittipaldi||BRA||Charouz Racing System||+1:11.672|
|18||23||Alessio Deledda||ITA||HWA Racelab||+1:33.339|
|RET||7||Liam Lawson||NZL||Hitech Grand Prix||Retired|