Formula 2

Formula 2: Zhou makes amends with Silverstone feature race win

Featured image credit: @fia_f2 official twitter

Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou bounced back from a difficult day on Saturday to take a dominant victory in the FIA Formula 2 feature race at Silverstone.

After a costly spin in the first sprint race, Zhou took the lead away from title rival and fellow Alpine F1 junior Oscar Piastri at the start of the feature race before taking a controlled win ahead of Carlin’s Dan Ticktum and Piastri.

Piastri ran second in the early stages ahead of Ticktum, who passed MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor at the start.

Ticktum was the first to pit on lap seven, and passed Piastri for position at Brooklands after the Prema driver emerged from his stop on the next lap.

Zhou pitted one lap later and rejoined ahead of the pair, with Verschoor leading for a couple of laps before making his stop.

The alternate strategy runners of Juri Vips (Hitech), Lirim Zendelli (MP) and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) all had spells at the front before stopping for fresh tyres, with Zhou reclaiming the lead with six laps to go.

Zhou came home 3.8 seconds ahead of Ticktum to close in on points leader Piastri, who lost many seconds behind alternate strategy runner Matteo Nannini (Campos) in the second half of the race. That dropped him well behind Ticktum and allowed Verschoor to close in.

Verschoor – who won the second sprint race on Saturday – made a couple of attempts to pass Piastri for third at Stowe and Club on the penultimate lap, but Piastri held on to claim the final podium spot.

Prema’s Robert Shwartzman, winner of the first sprint race, finished fifth which drops him to third in the standings behind Piastri and Zhou.

Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich was just 0.6s behind sixth, and only 0.3s ahead of Vips. Theo Pourchaire was eighth for ART, having been passed by Vips in the closing stages. Zendelli was ninth, with Daruvala scoring the final point in tenth.

Christian Lundgaard had a miserable race after his left rear wheel came off in the pits, incurring a 10s stop/go penalty which left the Alpine junior at the back of the field.

Race result (29 laps)

1 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 51m07.552s
2 Dan Ticktum Carlin +3.828s
3 Oscar Piastri Prema +19.342s
4 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +20.128s
5 Robert Shwartzman Prema +24.775s
6 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi +25.469s
7 Juri Vips Hitech +25.836s
8 Theo Pourchaire ART +26.651s
9 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport +27.421s
10 Jehan Daruvala Carlin +27.677s
11 Liam Lawson Hitech +39.951s
12 Marcus Armstrong DAMS +40.516s
13 Bent Viscaal Trident +44.372s
14 Ralph Boschung Campos +47.641s
15 David Beckmann Charouz +47.812s
16 Roy Nissany DAMS +49.492s
17 Jack Aitken HWA +51.977s
18 Matteo Nannini Campos +52.326s
19 Marino Sato Trident +53.708s
20 Guilherme Samaia Charouz +1m02.605s
21 Christian Lundgaard ART +1m30.203s
22 Alessio Deledda HWA +1 lap


Featured image credit: @fia_f2 official twitter

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