Formula 2

Lundgaard wins Styrian GP F2 sprint race as Shwartzman retires

Christian Lundgaard won Sunday’s FIA Formula 2 race at the Red Bull Ring as championship leader Robert Shwartzman spun out. 

Renault F1 junior Lundgaard came from third in the reverse-grid encounter to claim his maiden F2 victory ahead of DAMS driver Dan Ticktum and ART team-mate Marcus Armstrong. 

But it was a bad day for the top two finishers from Saturday’s feature race, with Prema’s Shwartzman spinning out at the first corner and Carlin’s Yuki Tsunoda retiring with a clutch issue. 

Lundgaard – who competed in FIA Formula 3 last year – immediately pounced on the first lap by passing team-mate Armstrong, who had tried to take the lead from polesitter Ticktum at the previous corner, into turn four.

Following a brief Virtual Safety Car period to recover Shwartzman’s car, Lundgaard took the lead away from Ticktum with a late move into turn three, before pulling away to win by two seconds. 

After losing the lead, Ticktum faced pressure from behind for second place from Armstrong and Prema’s Mick Schumacher. 

But Schumacher’s race ended with 15 laps to go when his fire extinguisher went off in his cockpit, forcing the Ferrari junior to pull into the pits. 

Ticktum was able to pull out nearly an 8s gap to Armstrong by the finish, with Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou finishing less than a second off a podium finish in fourth.

Callum Ilott finished fifth in second Virtuosi car, ahead of Campos Racing’s Jack Aitken.

Sean Gelael took seventh, just ahead of Hitech’s Nikita Mazepin.

Jehan Daruvala finished ninth for Carlin, with Luca Ghiotti taking the final point in tenth for Hitech.

Despite his non-finish, Shwartzman retains his lead in the championship, with Lundgaard and Ilott tied for second, five points behind.

Race results

1 Christian Lundgaard ART 36m51.582s
2 Dan Ticktum DAMS +2.063s
3 Marcus Armstrong ART +10.226s
4 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi +10.944s
5 Callum Ilott Virtuosi +11.534s
6 Jack Aitken Campos +20.458s
7 Sean Gelael DAMS +22.955s
8 Nikita Mazepin Hitech +23.632s
9 Jehan Daruvala Carlin +24.180s
10 Luca Ghiotto Hitech +27.770s
11 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport +28.392s
12 Louis Deletraz Charouz +29.247s
13 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport +32.770s
14 Pedro Piquet Charouz +34.113s
15 Giualiano Alesi HWA +41.821s
16 Artem Markelov HWA +49.240s
17 Guilherme Samaia Campos +50.818s
18 Roy Nissany Trident +1m11.311s
DNF Mick Schumacher Prema
DNF Yuki Tsunoda Carlin
DNF Marino Sato Trident
DNF Robert Shwartzman Prema

 

Feature image credit: fiaformula2.com

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