As the Formula 2 championship was celebrating its 100th race, Hitech’s Juri Vips seized the win after a chaotic sprint race from which six drivers had to retire.
The start of the race was strongly disputed as a few drivers were forced wide at turn one and a few contacts had to be reported. Three drivers retired from the event during the first lap, letting the safety car make its first appearance: Guanyu Zhou, Ralph Boschung, and Lirim Zendelli.
While some drivers were caught by surprise at the start of the race, like Dan Ticktum who was touched by Zhou after the Alpine academy driver locked up his two front tires, some others managed to gain a good amount of positions like Liam Lawson that charged up the field and had gained as much as 9 positions right after the safety dived back in the pitlane.
Theo Pourchaire suffered some front wring damages during the first lap chaos and was the first driver of the race to box for new tires and a new nose. Richard Verschoor also took an impressive impulsion right off the start but unfortunately had his car crashed into by Roy Nissany that misjudged his braking point. The safety car was deployed for the second time.
As could have been expected, the resumption of the race was not easy, especially for Christian Lundgaard and Marcus Armstrong that came together after trying to negotiate the first turn at three-wide. The safety car was just given enough time to drive down the pitlane before getting redeployed.
In the meantime, some impressive comebacks had to be noted. As mentioned earlier, Lawson was pursuing his impressive effort, standing in P6 after just 10 laps of racing. Championship contender Piastri also carefully made himself a path up the field. The Australian was standing in the ninth position at mid-race.
Vips claimed the lead of the race at the beginning of turn 1, relegating Beckmann in P2. Daruvala, Viscaal, and Shwartzman were lying in ambush, ready to pounce on the slightest opportunity.
The last few laps of racing were much calmer than the beginning of the event. Vips could calmly expand his advance and finally crossed the start-finish line in the first position after 21 laps of intense racing and not less than 6 DNFs.