Günther takes maiden win at Silverstone

Maximilian Günther, Silverstone 2018
The German secures the first victory at this level

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.

Race Results

Pos. Driver Team Gap Points
1 Maximilian Günther Arden 21 laps 15
2 George Russell ART +0.520 12 + 2
3 Lando Norris Carlin +2.504 10
4 Artem Markelov Russian Time +9.924 8
5 Louis Deletraz Charouz +12.005 6
6 Nyck de Vries Prema +13.929 4
7 Alexander Albon DAMS +14.006 2
8 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport +14.684 1
9 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport +16.487
10* Luca Ghiotto Campos +18.051
11 Tadasuke Makino Russian Time +19.632
12 Jack Aitken ART +23.653
13 Arjun Maini Trident +24.040
14 Roy Nissany Campos +32.165
15 Sean Gelael Prema +33.318
16 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +34.042
17 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin +47.912
Ret Antonio Fuoco Charouz +7 laps
DSQ** Santino Ferrucci Trident +27.718
DNS Nirei Fukuzumi Arden

*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.

Fastest lap

Pos. Driver Team Fastest lap Lap
18 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:43.318 14

Fastest lap points

Pos. Driver Team Fastest lap Lap
2 George Russell ART 1:43.731 12


Drivers’ Standings

Pos. Driver Country Points
1 George Russell United Kingdom 170
2 Lando Norris United Kingdom 133
3 Alexander Albon Thailand 116
4 Artem Markelov Russia 110
5 Antonio Fuoco Italy 97
6 Sergio Sette Camara Brazil 86
7 Nyck de Vries Netherlands 85
8 Louis Deletraz Switzerland 62
9 Luca Ghiotto Italy 57
10 Jack Aitken United Kingdom 49
11 Maximilian Günther Germany 39
12 Roberto Merhi Spain 35
13 Nicholas Latifi Canada 34
14 Sean Gelael Indonesia 29
15 Arjun Maini India 23
16 Tadasuke Makino Japan 18
17 Ralph Boschung Switzerland 13
18 Santino Ferrucci United States 7
19 Nirei Fukuzumi Japan 6
20 Roy Nissany Israel 0

Teams’ Standings

Pos. Team Country Points
1 ART France 219
2 Carlin United Kingdom 219
3 Charouz Czech Republic 159
4 DAMS France 148
5 Russian Time Russia 128
6 Prema Italy 114
7 Campos Spain 57
8 MP Motorsport United Kingdom 48
9 Arden United Kingdom 45
10 Trident Italy 30

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