Guanyu Zhou takes second race win after a dominant drive in Monaco
Guanyu Zhou has extended his championship lead after winning the first sprint race in Monaco, leading a dominant drive converting his reverse grid pole into a sprint race win.
Zhou had a strong start off the line and into Turn 1 defending from Christian Lundgaard who took second position off the line (before later retiring) from Zhou’s teammate Felipe Drugovich who made it a Uni-Virtuosi 1-2.
The Alpine junior driver led a dominant drive, opening the gap to second placed Lundgaard in the First half of the race, pulling out over a two second lead. Zhou increased his gap to the rest of the grid throughout the race.
A late safety car, caused by Gianluca Petecof’s collision with the wall, eliminated Zhou’s gap to the rest of the grid but a wall judged restart and the struggling tires of fellow Uni-Virtuosi driver and second placed Felipe Drugovich led to Zhou’s second race win of the season.
Roy Nissany took his maiden podium position in F2, finishing third, after inheriting the position due to the retirement of Lundgaard running in second. Nissany defended from Campos driver Ralph Boschung in 4th after the safety car restart, to take his best ever finish.
The triumph of Lap 1 turned to heartbreak for Lundgaard by Lap 15; retiring from the race after suffering engine problems which left his ART-Grand-Prix car smoking and leaking oil around the streets of Monte Carlo.
Schwartzman continued his difficult start to the season, having collided with the wall on the first lap, which led to retirement. The Prema driver will start near the back of the field in the second sprint race.
Alessio Deledda was permitted by the FIA stewards to race in Monaco this weekend despite failing to post a time within the 107% of the fastest time set in Group B of qualifying on Thursday. He finished a lap down to the rest of the grid. The steward did not give a reason as to why Deledda was permitted to start the race
Marcus Armstrong spectacularly took 10th place from Jehan Daruvala in the closing corner of the race to start tomorrow’s sprint race from pole
Marcus Armstrong will start the second sprint race from pole tomorrow. Lights out 8:20am (Local Time) UTC+2