Formula 2

Formula 2: Iwasa and Vesti win on the streets of Monte Carlo

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Ayuma Iwasa and Frederik Vesti took a Formula 2 win apiece at Monaco, with the latter taking over the points lead.

DAMS driver Iwasa dominated Saturday’s sprint race after an early issue for fellow Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar to initially reclaim the championship advantage, while ART Grand Prix’s Vesti triumphed from pole in Sunday’s feature race that was disrupted by a red flag.

Hitech GP driver Hadjar led from pole at the start of the sprint race before an opening lap incident at the chicane brought out the safety car. Kush Maini was tapped into a spin by Clement Novalak, with a blocked track also leaving Roy Nissany Dennis Hauger, Arthur Leclerc and Ralph Boschung stranded. 

Hadjar immediately slowed with a puncture once the safety car was withdrawn, with Iwasa taking over the lead before pulling clear and winning the 30-lap encounter by 6.678 seconds.

MP Motorsport’s Jehan Daruvala was second ahead of Hitech’s Jak Crawford. Richard Verschoor finished a further 0.5s behind while Zane Maloney came home fifth. Jack Doohan was sixth ahead of Victor Martins and Theo Pourchaire, who was the final points scorer.

Vesti was ninth ahead of Enzo Fittipaldi, who passed Amaury Cordeel for 10th in the closing laps. Cordeel retired shortly afterwards after a collision with Juan Manuel Correa sent him into the barriers. Prema’s Ollie Bearman, who struggled in qualifying, was also a late retirement with a bent suspension.

Vesti led away from pole in the feature race from ART’s Pourchaire, Daruvala and Virtuosi’s Jack Doohan. Leclerc retired early on after reporting he had lost his brakes completely, and he was soon joined by Fittipaldi, who suffered an engine failure.

Doohan then dramatically crashed out of fourth at Massenet after damaging his car by brushing the wall exiting the Swimming Pool section on the previous lap. With his car catching fire and damage to the barriers, the safety car was deployed before officials decided to bring out the red flags.

Before the stoppage, the leaders made their mandatory pitstops, with Pourchaire holding on to third despite his car falling off the jacks after being double-stacked behind his team-mate Martins.

Vesti controlled the race following the restart, but a drive-through penalty for Martins – given for not respecting yellow flags for the Doohan incident and narrowly missing two marshals – resulted in the Alpine junior finishing eighth.

Pourchaire came home 2.504s behind Vesti in a race that finished three laps early due to the one-hour time limit expiring, while Rodin Carlin’s Zane Maloney took a lonely third. Verschoor held off Hauger for fourth, within Maini sixth ahead of Roman Stanek.  Crawford was ninth ahead of Iwasa.


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