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Juri Vips Takes F2 Win in an Incident Filled Baku Feature Race.

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.

Full Classification

More to follow.

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. 

Schwartzman leads a dominant drive to win the first sprint race in Baku

Robert Schwartzman has won the first F2 sprint race in Azerbaijan after leading a dominant drive as Dan Ticktum charged up the order to finish P2.

Schwarzman executed the safety car restart perfectly down the long pit-straight of Baku and built up a comfortable two-second gap to those behind.

The Prema driver dominated from start to finish to take his first win this season, making a good start off the line covering off Jehan Deruvala behind.

Dan Ticktum had strong pace around the streets of Baku, getting past both Marcus Armstrong and Ralph Bouchung after the safety car restart. The Carlin driver continued his excellent pace, challenging both Jehan Deruvala and Guanyu Zhou to get himself into second.  

Guanyu Zhou also had a strong race being able to hold back Marcus Armstrong behind in the opening laps. The Uni-Virtuosi driver set his race alight by the 8th Lap, using the long pit straight to his advantage and breezing past Jehan Deruvala with DRS.

It was first lap drama around the streets of Baku as Liam Lawson, who was hit by Felipe Drugovich behind, ending his race in the wall of the first corner of the first lap. Piastri then retired under the safety car on Lap two.

 The Racelab teammates of Jack Aitken and Alessio Deledda were also both out by the second corner of the race.

Theo Pourchaire took the extra two points for the fastest lap and made positive progress after losing out to Juri Vips on the safety car restart. The 17-year-old was able to get the place back in two laps. His race gained momentum, keeping pressure on the top five.

Ralph Boschung struggled to hold onto the pace of the top five, being passed by both Tiktum and Armstrong as well as being put under pressure from Theo Pourchaire but the Campos driver was able to get past Armstrong in the closing laps.

Marcus Armstrong had a largely strong race but was unable to keep the Pourchaire and Ralph Boschung behind to finish P7.

Provisional Classification

Liam Lawson excels in Baku to take maiden pole ahead of Juri Vips

Liam Lawson has taken pole in Azerbaijan beating his fellow Hitech GP teammate Juri Vips by 0.138s.

Lawson set a time of 1:54:217 in the second run around the streets of Baku and will start from the front of the grid in the Feature race on pole.

Vips Lost over four-tenths in the middle sector on Lawson’s time and will undoubtedly be frustrated after setting the fastest time in this mornings Practice session.

Meanwhile, Robert Schwartzman will start from pole position in tomorrows reverse grid sprint race after clinching P10 in the last run of the session.

The conditions were warmer than in this morning’s practice session, with track temperatures as high as 52°C and the drivers took two warmup laps to get the tyres to temperature.

Oscar Piastri had a session characteristic of his performance this season,qualifying P3 ahead of Monaco’s feature race winner, Theo Pourchaire.

Pourchaire had a positive first run, setting fastest laps from the offset, but failed to match the pace of the two High Tech GP drivers in front as the track developed in the closing minutes of the session.

Dan Ticktum also had a positive first run and made a solid attempt at keeping himself in the top five as the lap times got faster, Ticktum opted to get out near the front of the pack in the second run in the hopes to avoid traffic.

Marcus Armstrong had a positive qualifying session after a difficult weekend in Monaco. The Ferrari Driver academy junior took P6 and matched the pace of Ticktum in front.

Guanyu Zhou ran out of sequence in both runs, getting himself into the top ten, to qualify P8 and will start from P3 in the first sprint race.

Christian Lundgaard had a good first run putting himself in P3 but lost out in the second run to qualify P12.

Marino Sato Qualified P19 but will receive a three-place grid penalty from the stewards at the first sprint race for an incident during practice this morning. In addition, the Japanese driver will receive two penalty points.

Roy Nissany did not qualify after hitting the wall at high speed at turn 14 at the end of Free Practice, the team were not able to have his car ready for the qualifying session.

The first race of the weekend is at 11:25am on Saturday morning (Local Time).