Juri Vips wins a chaotic second F2 sprint race in Baku
In a chaotic race under the evening sun around the streets of Baku, Juri Vips displayed impressive pace, despite multiple safety cars, to get ahead of David Beckmann and Bent Viscaal.
Vips made a well calculated pass in the slip stream of Beckmann, using DRS to fly past the Charouz driver and take the top podium position.
While Beckmann had a strong restart after both safety cars, Vips was on his tail staying under a second behind.
The Red Bull junior driver was putting pressure on the top two right from the start. He made a sensational move on Bent Viscaal around the outside of Turn 1, threading himself through the perfect gap to move himself up the order.
Jehan Deruvala, battled with fellow Red Bull Junior driver Vips on the safety car restart, despite initially failing to keep up with the pace of the top three, Deruvala fought back putting Beckmann in front under pressure while defending from Viscaal and Schwartzman behind.
Dan Ticktum made an impressive come back from the back after Guanyu Zhou collided with him after locking up on the first lap. The second Safety gave the Carlin driver another chance to get himself to finish in the points in P6.
Robert Shwarzman had a consistent race and stayed out of trouble as chaos unfolded in the opening laps of the race. Schwarzman found himself in a DRS train, to finish P5.
Liam Lawson was able to fight back from starting P20, fighting with Oscar Piastri who started P19, wheel to wheel through the middle sector. Lawson finished ahead of Piastri in P7 and P8.
Theo Pourchaire had an unfortunate race after sustaining front wing damage, bringing to an end his chain of consecutive point scoring races to an end, finishing P9.
A second safety car was required as Roy Nissany collided with the rear of Richard Verschoor’s car, sending him into the barrier and out of the race.
Christian Lundgaard, although making progress in the opening laps locked up on the second safety car restart to find himself in the barrier on Turn 1.
Marcus Armstrong had yet another disappointing race after defending well for the opening laps. Armstrong found himself in the barrier after locking up trying to overtake bent Viscaal on the second Safety Car restart.