Theo Pourchaire takes seamless win in Monaco to become youngest F2 race winner
Theo Pourchaire has taken his first FIA Formula 2 race win after he powered his ART Grand Prix car around the streets of Monaco, converting his Pole Position into P1 on the podium on Saturday.
Pourchaire made a strong start, keeping the Prema of Robert Schwarzman behind him, as he loomed in his mirrors, within two seconds of the 17-year-old.
A seamless pitstop for Pourchaire gave him the final piece to complete a dominant Formula 2 feature race win around the streets of Monte Carlo.
Despite starting P3 on the grid Oscar Piastri had a quiet first half of the race, unable to keep up with the pace of Schwartzman and Pourchaire.
The Prema driver was under pressure from Dan Ticktum, who continued his strong race pace this weekend before later retiring.
The Carlin driver stayed on the tail of Piastri. Ticktum tried to find space around the outside of Rascasse only to find the wall, resulting in a cruel end to his race. “I’m really, really sorry” he said on the radio.
Felipe Drugovich kept out of trouble and alternated his strategy from much of the grid to take the last position on the podium in P3.
Robert Schwarzman had another difficult race with a disastrous pitstop causing the Prema driver to plummet from second, in contention to take the win, to finish in P4.
Guanyu Zhou followed behind in P5. The Uni-Virtuosi driver stretched out his first stint and took the additional two points for fastest lap. Campos’s Ralph Boschung was behind in P6 after struggling to match the pace of the top five.
Liam Lawson pitted early on Lap 8 for his mandatory pitstop and also to change his front wing. A mistake on the right front tyre made it a slow pitstop but the Hitech Grand Prix driver still finished in the points in P7.
A Virtual Safety Car was required when Marcus Armstrong collided with Vips on the exit of Rascasse on Lap 30 bringing to an end a tough weekend for the DAMS driver.
Juri Vips made up for lost time midway through the race and continued his pace despite a sluggish pitstop but the collision with Armstrong resulted in a five second time penalty.
Lirim Zendelli caused the second Virtual safety car of the session as he ended his race in the wall on the same corner on the next lap.
Gianluca Petecof started his race from the pitlane after leaving too late to head to the grid. He received a 10 second time penalty for causing a collision with Jehan Deruvala who received a five second penalty for speeding in the pitlane on his mandatory Pitstop. Before colliding with Gianluca Petecof going into the Nouvelle chicane to end his weekend.
Jack Aitken did not get off the grid, bringing to an end a difficult return to FIA Formula 2 for the Williams Development driver after only qualifying P21 on Thursday.
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