Daruvala victorious in another incident-packed F2 sprint race

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Jehan Daruvala scored his second Formula 2 win, leading every lap in the afternoon sprint race at Monza while cars clashed behind him.

David Beckmann started on pole for the second time today, after having been at the front for the morning’s sprint race as well. As with the earlier race, he was mugged by the second-placed driver into turn one, Daruvala taking the lead and heading down the track from the main pack.

Fourth-placed Bent Viscaal beat Jüri Vips into third place at the first corner. There was a brief yellow flag period after Christian Lundgaard, who had started eighth, spun on track. He was able to continue but from the very back of the race.

This morning’s winner, Théo Pourchaire, had started 10th due to the partially-reversed grid and once again moved himself up the order rapidly. He had moved up to seventh by the second lap, passing Oscar Piastri and Guanyu Zhou, the drivers who had shared the podium with him earlier.

On lap three the race was neutralised with a Virtual Safety Car as Jake Hughes’ HWA car was tagged by team mate Alessio Deledda, ending Hughes’ race and leaving his car stranded by the side of the track. It was relatively quickly retrieved but there was enough time during the virtual safety car running for Guilherme Samaia to also pull his car to a stop by the side of the track and retire from the race.

Daruvala kept the lead from the restart on lap five, immediately making distance between himself and Beckmann. Pourchaire was briefly under pressure from Piastri, on his journey up the order but their battle was relatively short.

By lap 13 Beckmann and Viscaal were fighting, allowing Daruvala to extend his lead ahead of them. Beckmann hung on to second place but the battle delayed the two of them enough to bring Robert Shwartzman in range behind them.

Piastri was able to finally pass Pourchaire on lap 14, prompting a major lock-up for Pourchaire which also allowed Zhou through for eighth place. From then on, Pourchaire seemed to be struggling for any grip at all on raggedy and flat-spotted tyres, slipping further down the order during the remaining laps.

Beckmann and Viscaal’s fight for second ended up with Beckmann running wide and rejoining ahead of Viscaal, prompting him to need to give back the place. Beckmann’s error put him in reach of Shwartzman, who cleanly took the final podium place on the penultimate lap.

Daruvala crossed the line with a more than five second lead, Viscaal and Shwartzman following him in second and third. Piastri, who will start tomorrow’s feature race from pole position, therefore narrowly increased his championship lead over Zhou, the pair following Lawson, Beckmann and Vips home.

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Formula 2 Italy race two results

PositionCarDriver
16Jehan Daruvala
224Bent Viscaal
31Robert Shwartzman
47Liam Lawson
520David Beckmann
68Juri Vips
72Oscar Piastri
83Guanyu Zhou
921Ralph Boschung
1010Theo Pourchaire
115Dan Ticktum
1212Lirim Zendeli
1311Richard Verschoor
149Christian Lundgaard
1517Marcus Armstrong
1614Enzo Fittipaldi
174Felipe Drugovich
1816Roy Nissany
1923Alessio Deledda
2025Marino Sato
DNF22Jake Hughes
DNF15Guilherme Samaia

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6 comments on “Daruvala victorious in another incident-packed F2 sprint race”

  1. Missed the race due to motoGp qualifying, finally he got a win and hopefully it will boost his confidence.

    1. Where do you watch the F2 live action?

      1. In India Eurosports airs F2 along with MotoGP. Star sports has Formula E and Formula 1.

      2. Forgot Eurosports also airs W series and Sony-Ten sports has rights for Extreme E in India.

  2. I just wish Daruvala is more consistent with his performances. It’s his second year in the category. I hope Red Bull keep him in their junior team for one more season.

  3. British fans of the website not so happy as none have even come out to comment. It is your sport, alright, but the dominance has to end one day when the dominated billions rise and challenge you in your niche sports.

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