Mick Schumacher has taken his first victory in Formula 2 after holding off Nobuharu Matsushita during a close sprint race at the Hungaroring.
The Prema driver made a clean start and clung to the inside line to keep Matsushita at bay. But his rival, whose strong record at the Hungaroring includes a victory over dominant 2015 champion Stoffel Vandoorne, kept him in sight all the way.
Despite some upsets further down the pack the first lap was clean and shook the pack out into closely-spaced order. Tatiana Calderon retired with broken suspension on lap eight following contact with Arjun Maini, causing double-waved yellows but no safety car while her car was retrieved from a run-off.
By the halfway point in the race, Schumacher had a secure while not necessarily comfortable lead, just over a second ahead of Matsishita who had an equivalent gap to Sergio Sette Camara behind.
Sette Camara was able to eat into that gap, however, allowing Schumacher a small amount of breathing space as he and Matsushita swapped positions at turn one.
However by lap 19 Matsushita had recovered the gap and was back within DRS range of Schumacher with nine laps to go. But Schumacher held his nerce, never giving the Honda junior any overtaking opportunities.
Both Schumacher and Matsushita’s tyres were visibly stressed by lap 24, the gap remaining at less than a second between the two. Matsushita remained on Schumacher’s tail for the final lap, within metres of each other and yet again with the second-place man in DRS range all the way to the line.
Title rivals Nicholas Latifi and Nyck De Vries finished seventh and sixth respectively, keeping De Vries on top of the championship. Dams continue to hold the teams’ lead, after Sette Camara completed the podium alongside Schumacher and Matsushita.
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