In a chaotic feature race Hitech Grand Prix driver Juri Vips had a dominant drive as Liam Lawson and Oscar Piastri saw time penalties take them out of contention for the win.
Vips was able to get past Oscar Piastri on the main Pit Straight on Lap 9 after the mandatory pitstop left Piastri in front. The Prema driver was awarded a five second time penalty from the stewards for an unsafe release later in the race.
While Piastri closed in on Vips in the closing laps of the race, the Red Bull junior driver was able to stay ahead without Piastri’s penalty.
Rain overnight meant the track and air temperature around the Baku Street Circuit was much cooler than in the previous two sprint races on Saturday.
Both Hitech GP drivers had a strong start off the line, but Vips had an excellent launch, putting pole sitter Liam Lawson on the back foot.
As chaos unfolded up and down the grid, Oscar Piastri was able to get past Lawson on the first lap. But Lawson made a brave move on the Prema driver on the first safety car restart.
Lawson received a ten second time penalty, which he served at his mandatory pit stop, for forcing Theo Pourchaire off the track on the first lap. “I didn’t do anything to Pourchaire” he said on the radio.
Staying out of trouble, Robert Shwartzman had good pace in the feature race finishing P3, making up positions one by one on the long straights of Baku. The Prema driver was unable to catch his teammate Oscar Piastri as the grid spread out on the closing laps.
A safety car was required on the first lap when Marcus Armstong was sent into the wall, ending his race along with Theo Pourchaire. The incident, which resulted in a ten second time penalty for Dan Ticktum, saw Ticktum, Armstrong and Pourchaire go three-wide into the corner.
Ticktum however, recovered to P8 after his ten second stop and go passing David Beckman and Christian Lundgaard.
Felipe Drugovich made up seven places, avoiding the chaos of the first half of the race. With Drugovich getting ahead of Ralph Boschung.
Championship leader Guanyu Zhou had a difficult race with poor race pace, unable to make much progress around the streets of Baku.
The start was aborted as Jack Aitken and Matteo Nannini both had to be pushed into the pitlane after they both lost power. HWA Racelab however, were able to restart Aitkens car and on an alternate strategy made their mandatory pit stop on Lap 23 to finish P11.
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