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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

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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).

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.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 22: Race winner Theo Pourchaire of France and ART Grand Prix celebrates in parc ferme during the Feature Race of Round 2:Monte Carlo of the Formula 2 Championship at Circuit de Monaco on May 22, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Rose – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

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.

Final Classification

Liam Lawson Leads a Confident Drive To Win Second Sprint Race in Monaco

Liam Lawson led a confident drive around the wet streets of Monte Carlo this morning, making a magnificent move on Oscar Piastri up the inside of Rascasse on Lap 5 to finish on the top of the podium in the second sprint race.

Lawson was jumped by Oscar Piastri off the grid on the start as the Prema driver found more grip on the drier side of the grid but the Hitech Grand Prix driver’s confidence in the damp conditions was evident.

The Red Bull Junior driver kept the pressure on Piastri in the opening stages of the race and after battling through the Nouvelle chicane, where Piastri failed to keep his car on the track, Lawson made an inch-perfect move on the inside of Piastri on the inside of Rascasse.

The reverse-grid pole-sitter, Marcus Armstrong had an unlucky morning. After failing to make it to the grid, Armstrong started from the pitlane before retiring on Lap 3, going deep into the turn 1 runoff.

Dan Ticktum led a strong drive, putting Lawson under pressure on the safety car restart on Lap 25, after a collision between Bent Viscaal and David Beckman into turn 1.

Ticktum found his confidence behind the wheel in the second half of the sprint race, as the track dried out. The Carlin driver outbreaked Piastri into the Nouvelle Chicane, threading his car up the inside of the Prema, to place himself in second.

Juri Vips moved himself from sixth up to finish in fourth as he gained confidence in the drying conditions .

Ralph Boschung, finished in 6th after holding back Roy Nissany, Jehan Deruvala and Richard Verschoor as the track dried out. Nissany stayed on Boschung’s tail but made a number of clumsy moves and retired after making contact with the wall on lap 24.  

Uni- Virtuosi had a race to forget, pitting their drivers, Guanyu Zhou and Felipe Drugovich on lap 11 for slick tyres. The gamble didn’t pay off with Zhou switching back to wets after three laps struggling to get his tyres up to temperature.

Gianluca Petecof made contact at the start and ended his race in the barrier of Turn 1 at the race start and wasn’t the only driver to make the excursion to the runoff at turn 1 during the race.

The feature race in Monte Carlo is at 17:15 (Local Time) UTC+2 today where ART Grand Prix driver Theo Pourchaire will start on pole ahead of Robert Schwartzman and Oscar Piastri.

Provisional Classification

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

Final Classification

Theo Pourchaire Takes His Maiden F2 Pole in Monaco

Theo Pourchaire will start the Formula 2 Feature Race on Saturday from pole position after going quickest in group A of qualifying around the streets of Monte Carlo.

The challenge of Monaco was no problem for the ART Grand Prix driver, who dominated Thursday’s running. Despite cooler track conditions than those who qualified in the second half of the session in group B, The Frenchman posted a time of 1:20:985. Oscar Piastri will start in 3rd in the Feature race.

In a flurry of fastest laps at the end of group A qualifying, Pourchaire put in a dominating lap which was a far cry away from P11 in the first round of the season in Bahrain. Pourchaire threaded his car perfectly through the twists and turns of Monaco to come out on pole.

Joining the Frenchman on the front of the grid on Saturday will be Robert Schwartzman, who left the problems of Bahrain in his mirrors, putting in a time of 1:21:403 ahead of Dan Ticktum who qualified overall 4th.

Courtesy: FIA Formula 2

The Group B qualifying session saw a trade-off of fastest laps between the drivers. Current championship leader Guanyu Zhou lost out in qualifying, he was 10th overall and Juri Vips in overall 5th. The Alpine and Red Bull junior drivers will be hoping to put in a solid performance in the first revered grid sprint race on Friday in which Zhou will start on Pole ahead of Felipe Drugovich.

To avoid traffic problems in Monaco, Qualifying was split into two groups.  As decided before Free Practice, drivers who race with even numbers took part in the first sixteen-minute session (Group A) and those with odd numbers in the second sixteen-minute session (Group B). This does mean however that group B does often have a more rubbered in surface compared to group A.

The circuit around the streets of Monte Carlo is, traditionally, a difficult track for overtaking meaning that the results of today’s qualifying are crucial for the next three races. However, this year’s new format and the two partially reverse-grid sprint races will give more opportunities than ever before for drivers who did not qualify at the front of the grid to fight it out at the front.

You can watch the first FIA F2 sprint race of the weekend from 11:45am (Local Time) on Friday.