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Formula 2: Piastri extends lead with Monza feature race win

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Oscar Piastri extended his FIA Formula 2 points lead with victory in Sunday’s feature race at Monza ahead of nearest rival Guanyu Zhou.

The Prema driver led away from pole, while Zhou moved into second off the line ahead of Hitech GP’s Liam Lawson, as Carlin’s Jehan Daruvula dropped two places to fourth.

Charouz driver Guilhereme Samaia triggered a safety car period by crashing on the opening lap.

Piastri continued to lead at the restart, while Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich snatched fourth at the first chicane from Daruvala.

Lawson took second from Zhou before a second safety car period when Hitech’s Juri Vips retired after contact from behind from Carlin’s Dan Ticktum.

The led to the majority of the field making their mandatory pitstops, with Ticktum – who had started from eighth on the harder compound tyre – leading the way after staying out.

Zhou and Daruvala were involved a frantic scrap for position following the restart, with Zhou coming out on top before setting the fastest lap to edge clear. 

Ticktum continued to lead ahead of fellow alternate strategy runner Christian Lundgaard, before the latter was passed by Piastri on fresher tyres.

Piastri closed to within a second of Ticktum before a second safety car period due to  Lawson’s fire extinguisher going off, ending his race.

Ticktum took advantage of the caution period to make his mandatory stop and emerge in 10th on soft tyres.

Piastri led away at the resumption, but ran wide at the first corner allowing Zhou to draw alongside. But Piastri crucially was able remain in front.

Ticktum went off the road after contact from Boschung, but charged up the order on his fresh tyres on rejoining.

The Briton passed team-mate Daruvala for fourth before closing in and passing Pourchaire for third on the penultimate lap.

But any of chance of Ticktum taking the fight two the front two were ended by a third safety car period, when Trident’s Bent Viscaal and Campos Racing’s David Beckmann collided.

The race finished behind the safety car with Piastri, Zhou and Ticktum completing the podium.

Pourchaire was fourth ahead of Daruvala and Prema’s Robert Shwartzman.

Richard Verschoor was seventh ahead of Lirim Zendelli, Roy Nissany and Marcus Armstrong.

 

Featured image credit: @formula2 official twitter

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