After 42 laps of intense racing around the streets of the principality, ART’s Theo Pourchaire transformed his pole-position into a victory, finshing ahead of Piastri and Drugovich.

The race started with the big news that weighed on everyone’s conscience: rain was threatening the principality for the second time of the day. Nonetheless, the lights turned out under dry conditions as pole-sitter Pourchaire took a good impulsion and could hold his position, a few tenths in front of his pursuer Robert Shwartzman.

Unfortunately, Jack Aitken was unable to take the start of the race, stalling on the starting grid, and saw his car evacuated by the stewards.

Monaco did not fail to its reputation, as small groups of three to four cars started forming caused by the overtake difficulty on the street circuit. This allowed the 6 front runners to dig a decent gap to the rest of the pack, as Nissany could not get up to speed but Christian Lundgaard saw himself unable to overtake the Israelian. The ranking, therefore, almost did not evolve throughout the first half of the race.

A 5-way battle was engaged for the lead of the race, as both Premas started to become pressing. However, Pourchaire did not let himself get impressed by the urgent attitude of his 4 pursuers and managed to keep an advantage of 1 second over his opponents.

A good pitstop was however necessary for the entire leading group as the top five was held in just 4.5 seconds.

During the 19th lap of racing, Daruvala and Petecof made contact and the Indian was forced to abandon the race, just a few minutes after being handed a 5 seconds penalty for speeding in the pits after changing a damaged front wing. The Brazilian was then handed a 5-second penalty for the incident.

As usual in Monaco, some teams decided to pull off alternate strategies in order to overtake slower drivers that were blocking the progress of their drivers. Felipe Drugovich for example could get rid of Nissany and Lundgard thanks to his strategy. His teammate, Guanyu Zhou tried to push on the same tires for as long as possible.

The leading group started to dive in the pit lane at lap twenty-nine, with Piastri leading the way. Unfortunately, things became catastrophic for Shwartzman and Lawson that were penalized by disproportionate stop-times due to technical issues.

Piastri claimed the chasing position thanks to the issues encountered by his Prema teammate in the pits. Nonetheless, Dan Ticktum became extremely urgent and pushed Piastri to the fault, locking up his tires at the piscine sequence.

The Briton then tried to overtake the Australian at the Rascasse but unfortunately ran wide and became the third car to end up in the same barrier in three laps, following Marcus Armstrong and Lirim Zendelli.

At the 37th lap of racing, Zhou finally headed to the pitlane as UNI Virtuosi’s outstanding strategy helped their drivers detach themselves from the dense midfield pack and claim the third and fifth position. In the meantime, Pourchaire was still in control of his race, standing more than 4 seconds ahead of Piastri.

Finally, after 42 laps of intense racing, Theo Pourchaire became the youngest race winner in the history of Formula 2, claiming the victory in the principality at just 17-year-old. Piastri and Drugovich completed the podium of a superb race at Monaco.

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