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Formula 2: Sargeant takes command in Silverstone feature race

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Carlin’s Logan Sargeant scored a maiden FIA Formula 2 triumph in Sunday’s feature race ahead of Theo Pourchaire and Liam Lawson.

Sargeant led away from pole at the start, as Pourchaire climbed from fourth to second while his ART team-mate Frederik Vesti made a poor launch from the front row and slipped back to sixth. The safety car was then deployed following a terrifying crash at the end of the first lap.

Prema’s Dennis Hauger was squeezed off track by DAMS’s Roy Nissany approaching The Vale, sending him out of control. His car was then launched by a sausage kerb before making contact with the halo of Nissany’s car at speed, with both drivers walking away uninjured.

Sargeant continued to lead from Pourchaire at the resumption from Red Bull juniors Liam Lawson and Ayuma Iwasa, with championship leader Felipe Drugovich in fifth.

Vesti was the first to pit on lap nine of 29, with Charouz duo Enzo Fittipaldi and Clement Novalak also following him in. Lawson and Iwasa came in on the next tour, but a slow tyre change dropped Iwasa out of contention.

Sargeant and Pourchaire pitted shortly after, with Sargeant retaining the net lead.  On alternate strategies, Hitech GP’s Juri Vips led from Prema’s Jehan Daruvala, with Saturday’s sprint race winner Jack Doohan running third ahead of Jake Hughes.

Vips and Daruvala eventually pitted on lap 24, with a slow stop costing Virtuosi’s Doohan after coming in with Hughes on the next lap. Daruvala moved ahead of Vips in the pitlane, but Vips quickly moved back ahead into Brooklands to take ninth.

Having resumed his place at the front, Sargeant resisted late pressure from Pourchaire to take the win, with Lawson also fended off Vesti in the closing stages to seal a double podium for Carlin with third. MP Motorsport’s Drugovich snatched fourth from Vesti on the final lap, while Vips and Daruvala used their fresh tyres to climb to sixth and seventh.

Hitech’s Marcus Armstrong was eighth ahead of Doohan, while Hughes passed Fittipaldi on the final tour to grab the final point in tenth. Iwasa was 12th, while David Beckmann, substituting for the banned Amaury Cordeel at VAR, was the last of the finishers in 19th after serving a stop/go infringement for a starting grid infringement.


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