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Zhou wins chaotic F2 Feature Race

Guanyu Zhou and Richard Verschoor. Credits: Getty Images.

After a chaotic F2 Feature Race, the Chinese driver, Guanyu Zhou, managed to win from pole position ahead of Dan Ticktum and Liam Lawson.

It was not the best start for the pole man, Guanyu Zhou, who lost the lead in turn 1, overtaken by Christian Lundgaard and Felipe Drugovich.

Luckily, there were not many contacts in the first corner, but Robert Shwartzman hit Nissany from behind and made him crash. Due to this, Zendeli hit Nissany and broke his front wing, which caused his retirement. The car of Nissany stopped in a dangerous position, and the Safety Car was deployed.

It was not the best start for Alessio Deledda as well, who had some mechanical problems and he was forced to retire.

On lap 4, the race restarted. Lundgaard lost the lead in turn 1, but after three corners he was already back in the lead. Behind him: Drugovich, Oscar Piastri, Zhou, and Marcus Armstrong.

Since Shwartzman caused the retirement of Nissany, he was handed a drive-through penalty.

Piastri was comfortable in his Prema, and got up into P2, behind Lundgaard, who set the fastest lap time of the race so far. Zhou seemed to struggle a bit with the hard tires, and he got overtaken by Armstrong, who got up in P4.

Nine laps into the race, the leader was the same. However, Piastri looked quick, and he was less than one second behind Lundgaard, meaning he could use the DRS. One lap later, Dan Ticktum overtook Richard Verschoor, who lost time during the battle and got overtaken by Theo Pourchaire. The French driver was putting Ticktum under pressure in a great battle for sixth.

At the front, the battle for the lead was on, with Lundgaard, Piastri, and Drugovich close to each other. On lap 14, the Prema driver overtook the leader and got up in P1. Like Piastri, the Brazilian driver for UNI-Virtuosi was trying to pass Lundgaard, who was struggling with the tires. Because of that, he was called into the pits.

One lap later, Drugovich dived into the pits as well, while Piastri, Armstrong, and Zhou stayed out. Shwartzman was trying to recover from the mistake on the first lap, but Lundgaard with new tires overtook him for P10 just two laps after the pit stop

Midway through the race, Zhou and Ticktum pitted. On the same lap, Petecof was unlucky, and his extinguisher activated, forcing him to retire.

On lap 17, Piastri pitted, and the Virtual Safety Car was deployed due to Petecof’s car. This allowed the 2020 F3 champion to exit ahead of Lundgaard. Just some seconds later, the Safety Car was deployed.

However, the Safety Car helped Armstrong, who stayed in the lead. With 14 laps to go, the top five was: Armstrong, Piastri, Vershoor, Lundgaard, and Drugovich. The Safety Car was ready to leave the track, and the race could re-start. The leader struggled a lot, and Piastri re-took the lead, ahead of Verschoor, who overtook Armstrong in turn one.

Zhou entered the top five, overtaking Lundgaard in turn eleven. It was a disaster for Lundgaard, who lost other two positions and dropped back to P8. Verschoor took the lead, overtaking Piastri in turn 1 with twelve laps to go. The MP Motorsport driver was already pulling away after just one lap. Zhou overtook Drugovich for P3, and Ticktum did the same on Armstrong. Then, due to Safety Car infringements, a 5-second penalty was handed to Drugovich, Sato, and Lundgaard. While for Viscaal the penalty was even harder, 10 seconds for him.

With 10 laps to go, Ticktum overtook Drugovich, showing a good pace, and he got up in P5. Zhou was bringing the fight to Piastri, and on lap 23, the Chinese driver was up in P2.

The two ART Grand Prix drivers were fighting for P9 and P10, with Nannini behind trying to make the most out of it. On lap 25 the Danish driver finally overtook his teammate.

Piastri was closing the gap with Zhou, trying to re-gain the second spot on the podium. Both of them were also getting closer to the leader. Armstrong also overtook Drugovich, who got passed by Jehan Daruvala as well.

On lap 27, Shwarztman entered the top 10, overtaking Pourchaire and Lundgaard. The Russian driver also set the fastest lap of the race. The Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou in P2 was putting Verschoor under pressure with just five laps to the end. And on lap 28 Zhou took the lead. Piastri, Ticktum, and Lawson were close as well.

Ticktum was trying to get a podium in every way possible, but Piastri was not giving up. But on lap 30 the former F3 driver made a mistake, touched Ticktum, and spun in turn 2, dropping to P17.

Due to this, Piastri retired and the Virtual Safety Car was deployed. As the race restarted, Ticktum overtook Verschoor, who was struggling with the tires. The final lap started, and Lawson overtook Verschoor as well.

In the end, it was Zhou who won the race, ahead of Ticktum, Lawson, Verschoor, and Armstrong, who completes the top ten. Shwarztman recovered from his mistake and concluded the race in P7 with the fastest lap.

1Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:02:27.858
2Dan TicktumCarlin+0.482
3Liam LawsonHitech Grand Prix+2.950
4Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport+4.095
5Marcus ArmstrongDAMS+9.792
6Jehan DaruvalaCarlin+11.926
7Robert ShwartzmanPREMA Racing+12.159
8Theo PourchaireART Grand Prix+18.479
9Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi+19.764
10Matteo NanniniHWA RACELAB+19.852
11David BeckmannCharouz Racing System+20.905
12Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix+21.256
13Juri VipsHitech Grand Prix+27.385
14Marino SatoTrident+28.826
15Ralph BoschungCampos Racing+31.535
16Guilherme SamaiaCharouz Racing System+40.620
17Bent ViscaalTrident+48.452
18Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport+1:01.952
19Oscar PiastriPREMA Racing+3 LAPS
20Gianluca PetecofCampos Racing+DNF
21Alessio Deledda HWA RACELAB+DNF
22Roy NissanyDAMS+DNF
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