While Maximilian Günther won for the first time in Formula 2, George Russell and Lando Norris showed brilliant moves to complete the rostrum.
The race started with 19 cars on the grid as Günther’s teammate, Nirei Fukuzumi, couldn’t start the race with radiator trouble.
After finishing in eighth place yesterday, the German started from pole position and kept P1 against Nyck de Vries and Artem Markelov, who put pressure on the Arden driver at the start of the race. After a short Virtual Safety Car period, Günther could open up the gap to de Vries and controlled the race without major issues
Further down the order, Lando Norris and George Russell, who started in P10 and P7 respectively, sliced their way through the field. Russell overtook Ghiotto, Fuoco and Deletraz at Brooklands before passing Artem Markelov in lap 14. Shortly afterwards, Nyck de Vries couldn’t defend against the Briton either, which meant P2 for the ART driver.
Russell then tried to close the gap to Günther, and indeed reduced it from 4.5 seconds to only half a second at the end of the race.
Lando Norris, on the other hand, had a more turbulent Sunday as he collided with Antonio Fuoco in lap 15. The McLaren third driver was forced off the track, came back and touched the Italian, who crashed into the barriers. Norris’ car wasn’t damaged luckily, so the Carlin driver went on to overtake multiple cars, including Markelov and de Vries in one corner. As a consequence, the Briton finished in P3 behind Günther and Russell.
De Vries dropped to seventh as Markelov, Deletraz and Ghiotto were able to pass the Dutchman in the final laps of the race. Yesterday’s race winner Alexander Albon had a tight battle with Ralph Boschung, retained the upper hand and managed to grab the final point.
Thanks to the phenomenal results throughout the entire triple header, George Russell increases his championship lead over Norris by 37 points. ART also took first place in the teams’ championship – albeit tied on 219 points with Carlin. The next round will take place in Budapest in three week’s time.
On the cool down lap, Ferrucci caught up with his team mate and ran into him. Maini said: “There’s something wrong with my team mate’s brain, he needs banned”.
UPDATE: Ferrucci has been banned from the next two race weekends for his post-race behaviour.
|1||Maximilian Günther||Arden||21 laps||15|
|2||George Russell||ART||+0.520||12 + 2|
|4||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||+9.924||8|
|6||Nyck de Vries||Prema||+13.929||4|
|8||Ralph Boschung||MP Motorsport||+14.684||1|
|9||Roberto Merhi||MP Motorsport||+16.487|
|11||Tadasuke Makino||Russian Time||+19.632|
|17||Sergio Sette Camara||Carlin||+47.912|
|Ret||Antonio Fuoco||Charouz||+7 laps|
*NOTE: Ghiotto had finished sixth but was handed a five-second time penalty for exceeding the VSC delta time.
**NOTE: Ferrucci was disqualified for declining to attend a stewards’ hearing.
|18||Sergio Sette Camara||Carlin||1:43.318||14|
Fastest lap points
|1||George Russell||United Kingdom||170|
|2||Lando Norris||United Kingdom||133|
|6||Sergio Sette Camara||Brazil||86|
|7||Nyck de Vries||Netherlands||85|
|10||Jack Aitken||United Kingdom||49|
|18||Santino Ferrucci||United States||7|
|8||MP Motorsport||United Kingdom||48|