Formula 2

Red Bull-backed Liam Lawson Takes Victory in Eventful Jeddah Sprint Race

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Jeddah Sprint
Credit: Formula Motorsport Limited

After two safety cars which meant we only saw nine laps of green flag racing, Liam Lawson kept his cool to take the race win in the FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race in Jeddah.

The Carlin driver took the lead from Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jake Hughes on lap seventeen, with the Brit driver suffering on old soft tyres in the remaining laps.

While Hughes took the first podium of his Formula 2 career, he was pipped on the line by Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips who took the second step on the podium, with Hughes third.

The 2021 FIA Formula 3 champion, Dennis Hauger, started on pole position and led the rest of the pack early on until the first safety car was brought out on lap two due to Amaury Cordeel making contact with the wall.

Racing was to get back underway at the end of lap six, but a miscue from Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan saw him collide into the back of Logan Sargeant on the restart.

Then cued the controversy. With the crash littering debris across the main start straight, Race Control sent a message to all teams telling them to send their drivers through the pit-lane so the crash could be cleaned up accordingly.

Credit: Formula Motorsport Limited

However, Race Control then changed their mind and sent out another message to say that the pit-lane was closed. Prema Racing failed to tell Hauger about the change in message and the Norwegian driver followed the initial instructions.

In the post race press-conference, Lawson clarified the incident, “I think most of us initially got the call to drive through the pit-lane, but we had boards right before the pit-lane entrance that display arrows if you need to go in the pit-lane or a big X if you’re not meant to go in the pit-lane and it was pretty visible that the X was there so that was why none of us drove through.”

With the rest of the grid correctly staying out on track, Hauger exited the pits in twelth position. To make matters worse, he received a ten second stop-and-go penalty for entering the pit-lane while it was closed.

Trident’s Calan Williams inherited the lead, but lost it at the Safety Car restart at the end of lap thirteen to Hughes. The Australian then lost out to Lawson on the same lap and found himself in third position.

The hard charging Vips then made his way from sixth position at the restart, all the way up to his podium grabbing second at the end of the race.

A final Virtual Safety Car was brought out on lap nineteen after Marcus Armstrong found himself facing the wrong way at turn sixteen. The Kiwi was in the middle of a hard fought battle with DAMS’ Ayumu Iwasa before unfortunately losing out on points.

Felipe Drugovich, who will start Sunday’s Feature race from pole position, ended fourth for MP Motorsport after a late pass on Williams, while Trident celebrated a double top-six finish as Richard Verschoor ended sixth. Iwasa closed out the race in seventh, while the final point went the way of Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung, who just denied Prema’s Jehan Daruvala.

15Liam LawsonNZLCarlin47:55.487
28Jüri VipsESTHitech Grand Prix+3.166
324Jake HughesGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+3.224
411Felipe DrugovichBRAMP Motorsport+4.846
521Calan WilliamsAUSTrident+6.277
620Richard VerschoorNLDTrident+12.121
717Ayumu IwasaJPNDAMS+13.520
815Ralph BoschungCHECampos Racing+14.454
92Jehan DaruvalaINDPREMA Racing+15.237
104Marino SatoJPNVirtuosi Racing+16.040
1116Roy NissanyISRDAMS+17.390
1222Enzo FittipaldiBRACharouz Racing System+17.441
1312Clément NovalakFRAMP Motorsport+18.739
149Frederick VestiDNKART Grand Prix+20.298
1510Théo PourchaireFRAART Grand Prix+20.569
1614Olli CaldwellGBRCampos Racing+25.495
171Dennis HaugerNORPREMA Racing+51.495
187Marcus ArmstrongNZLHitech Grand PrixDNF
196Logan SargeantUSACarlinDNF
203Jack DoohanAUSVirtuosi RacingDNF
2125Amaury CordeelBELVan Amersfoort RacingDNF
F2: Jeddah – Sprint Race Classification

Liam Lawson now takes control of the championship lead ahead of Sunday’s Feature Race after previous championship leader, Théo Pourchaire was unable to make it into the points.

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