Having largely squandered an opportunity to cut into Robert Shwartzman’s championship lead at Silverstone one week ago, Callum Ilott hit back with a commanding win from home in today’s feature race.
Ilott held his lead from pole position while Christian Lundgaard alongside got away poorly. Dan Ticktum shot through from fourth on the grid to take second, but that rapid getaway was the prelude to a frustrating afternoon.
Ticktum slithered wide at Chapel early in the race, allowing Lundgaard back through into second. The DAMS pilot lost further positions over the following laps before diving for the pits for fresh rubber.
Jack Aitken, who’d started third, came in at the same time, but was held in his box as several other cars passed by, costing him valuable second. Lundgaard also came in from second, but despite getting on fresh tyres sooner he was unable to disrupt Ilott’s progress towards victory.
Schumacher ran long after inheriting the when the others pitted before him. He eventually pitted on lap 20, falling to 12th, and leaving Ilott’s way to victory clear.
Like Ilott, Lundgaard and Aitken also finished where they started. Nikita Mazepin rose three places to fourth, followed by Yuki Tsunoda and Schumacher.
Ticktum’s mood worsened as he slipped further down the order. Following a three-wide move involving Artem Markelov and Louis Deletraz he exclaimed: “Next time that [censored by FOM] pulls a kamikaze move like that I’m going to crash with him, I tell you that, I will never give him that much respect ever again.”
Matters worsened for Ticktum when he Shwartzman passed him for eighth place, securing the vital reverse-grid pole position which will give the Prema driver an opportunity to hit back at Ilott tomorrow.