Sergio Sette Camara claimed his first win of the the year in Formula 2, racing through from fourth on the grid to claim victory in the sprint race.
Sette Camara started superbly, threading his way through to take the lead courtesy of an error by ART’s Nyck de Vries made a mistake. Louis Deletraz was on course for second place until the Carlin driver suffered apparent brake failure and ended his race in the tyre wall at turn one. This triggered a late Safety Car period which promoted a few changes in the order, though a smart restart by Sette Camara kept him out of reach.
Once again tyre wear played a significant part in the race and drivers who managed it well were able to take advantage. Mick Schumacher impressed as he climbed from 18th place to fourth behind De Vries. He pressured the ART driver hard for the final podium position but a twitch of oversteer at the exit of turn three on the final lap blunted his late charge and secured a place on the rostrum for De Vries.
Yesterday’s winner Nobuharu Matsushita again ended the race in good shape, rising to sixth ahead of Latifi, Jordan King and final point-scorer Guanyu Zhou. Tatiana Calderon brought her car home 13th after stalling on the grid.
De Vries therefore extended his F3 title lead to 37 points over Latifi, who is now just eighth ahead of Sette Camara, Second place for Luca Ghiotto keeps him in touch with the points leaders. However a dreadful weekend for Jack Aitken, who came 18th and collected a penalty for a Safety Car infringement today, means he is increasingly adrift in fifth place.
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