Artem Markelov won the feature race in Monaco ahead of Sean Gelael and Roberto Merhi.
Shortly before the race it was announced that Sette Camara wouldn’t have been competing because of a hand injury sustained during yesterday’s qualifying session incident.
The race started off immediately to an accident as Fuoco drove straight across Ghiotto’s path and forced the Campos into the barrier. The Charouz driver was only handed a drive through penalty for this accident and will start tomorrow’s race from reverse pole.
Ferrucci stalled, unfortunately losing his excellent grid position advantage. Albon held onto the lead ahead of de Vries, with Markelov and Maini behind them. These four drivers exchanged the fastest lap of the race in the first part of the race.
While Gelael and Norris became the first drivers to pit, Russell made a mistake during an attempted overtake and ran wide into the barriers at Rascasse, losing his front wing and stalling, being forced to retire.
At a quarter of the race distance, Norris was chasing Gelael but Boschung, who had just pitted, came out on track ahead of both of them. The Indonesian dived to the inside at Mirabeau and took the position; Norris tried the same at Anthony Noghes where the braking zone is much shorter and clipped the MP car which skidded into the barriers sideways breaking both suspensions on the left side. This was what triggered the second Safety Car period after the previous one to recover Ghiotto’s car.
On lap 14 de Vries turned into the pit lane behind the Safety Car but Albon, despite being in front, turned in too but a fraction of a second later. He might have been called in at the last second or he saw his rival pitting and decided to do the same. Either way, the pit entry was too narrow and de Vries hit the rear of Albon, sending him into a spin and a stall. The DAMS was later restarted by the pit crew but their race was pretty much over.
Norris was handed a drive through for colliding with Boschung, and de Vries, after cutting the Nouvelle chicane, experienced car problems which caused him to lap eight seconds slower than anyone else, and within a couple of laps he retired in the pits.
His team mate was within the pit stop window of the race leader, Markelov, who thus started pushing very hard, increasing the lead on Maini to around eight seconds. The top seven gradually pitted, with Maini exiting just a few inches ahead of Norris but maintaining position despite the cold tyres. Markelov pitted with seven laps to go, and rejoined clearly ahead of Gelael.
Latifi briefly led, and he wanted to stay out as long as possible to take advantage of a potential Safety Car period; but at this point the positions were decided, and in the final laps every driver was lapping three seconds slower than the fastest lap, set only a minute beforehand. No one wanted to risk losing points in Monaco: Markelov turned around his fortunes after some bad races; Gelael and Merhi could celebrate their first F2 podium; Deletraz took his first points, Aitken overtook his team mate in the standings and Maini scored his best finish to date; Norris extended his championship lead despite starting 17th, with Albon, de Vries, Russell and Camara leaving the track with zero points.
|1||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||42 laps||25 + 2|
|3||Roberto Merhi||MP Motorsport||+15.489||15|
|14||Tadasuke Makino||Russian Time||+2 laps|
|Ret||Alexander Albon||DAMS||+20 laps||0 + 4|
|Ret||Nyck de Vries||Prema||+23 laps|
|Ret||Ralph Boschung||MP Motorsport||+31 laps|
|Ret||George Russell||ART||+37 laps|
|Ret||Luca Ghiotto||Campos||+42 laps|
|DNP||Sergio Sette Camara||Carlin|
Fastest lap points
|1||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:22.990||38|
|1||Lando Norris||United Kingdom||88|
|3||George Russell||United Kingdom||62|
|5||Jack Aitken||United Kingdom||49|
|6||Nyck de Vries||Netherlands||46|
|7||Sergio Sette Camara||Brazil||46|
|17||Santino Ferrucci||United States||4|
|7||MP Motorsport||United Kingdom||31|