On Sunday, the second race of the double-header took place in Rome. A race that was again started with the safety car.
We saw several incidents in the race where fortunately everyone remained unhurt and we saw a winner who got his “redemption” for yesterday, it being Stoffel Vandoorne.
The race started anything but well for pole-sitter Nick Cassidy. He set the pace for a short time, but then already made a crucial mistake: when braking downhill on the way to turn 3, his wheels locked, spinning, sliding into the run-off zone, and continuing the race in 10th place. Norman Nato then took the lead.
But the bad luck didn’t stop there for the New Zealander. Oliver Rowland pushed Cassidy off into the barrier in the battle for 7th place. He dropped to the back of the field and then had to pit with a flat tire on the right rear and without a front wing. Race control investigated the collision and issued a 10-second time penalty against Rowland.
Then there was the next accident between Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. The Swiss attacked the Audi driver at high speed, the latter defended late and then apparently came into contact. Di Grassi hit the wall hard with the left front and rolled out. Because his car had to be recovered, race control called a full-course yellow. Good for Vandoorne at first, who remained in the lead.
When the restart came, Wehrlein missed it completely. He was overtaken by Sims and took over 2nd place, leaving Vandoorne already 2.5 seconds behind. Günther squeezed past Nato a little later and took over 4th place, but the Frenchman regained the position a little later. In front of him, both Sims and Wehrlein activated their attack mode at the same time. Nyck de Vries braked and dropped back from 9th to 11th place.
Gripping duels took place at the end of the top 10. Mitch Evans, for example, battled with Buemi and eventually passed him. Then Sims, Wehrlein, Nato, and Günther all went into attack mode at the same time. As a result, Edo Mortara moved up to fifth place in the meantime.
Rene Rast also continued to fight his way to the front. At this point, the Audi driver was already running in eleventh place. But then he overdid it, hit the wall lightly, and broke his right rear wishbone. In the fast downhill turn 1, he finally lost control and crashed into the wall. Race control called the safety car onto the track and thus also neutralized the gaps.
With one lap remaining, the race continued at race pace once again. On this lap, things went round again. De Vries, Bird and Rowland collided further back. Vandoorne did well, however, and brought home the win for Mercedes. Alex Sims was second, Nato third. Wehrlein tried again but only finished fourth. However, he was then ranked third in retrospect.