Jehan Daruvala has had an impressive performance on Saturday afternoon and won Sprint Race 2.
After an eventful Sprint Race 1 earlier in the morning, the Formula 2 action at Monza continued with the second Sprint Race.
The race got underway and reverse polesitter David Beckmann was quite aggressive, but still lost the lead to Jehan Daruvala. Christian Lundgaard had a spin at Variante della Roggia. The ART GP driver continued the race. The on-track battles were heated straight away as we saw several slight collisions.
Sprint Race 1 winner Theo Pourchaire made a brilliant move on the championship leader Oscar Piastri, while Jake Hughes and Alessio Deledda made a contact, which forced the Briton to retire. The Virtual Safety Car was deployed. Guilherme Samaia stopped just in front of the pit lane entry.
The racing action was eventually resumed. Roy Nissany had a big lock-up in turn 1, which resulted in losing a couple of positions. Marcus Armstrong was given a 5-second time penalty for causing a collision.
Pourchaire and Piastri were still fighting for 7th with less than half a second between them. Robert Shwartzman wanted to recover after losing a podium spot in the morning due to a time penalty – he overtook Hitech GP teammates Liam Lawson and Juri Vips and was in the hunt for 3rd. At the same time, Bent Viscaal passed Beckmann for 2nd.
Piastri finally got ahead of Pourchaire. The young Frenchman then had to defend from Guanyu Zhou’s attacks. In the end, Pourchaire locked up his tires in turn 1 and then dropped down to 10th place.
The battle for podium spots heated up with a number of drivers in the contention. Shwartzman passed Beckmann at Ascari to clinch the final podium position. Ahead of him, Daruvala comfortably took the checkered flag at the Sprint Race 2 victory with it, followed by Bent Viscaal.
The top 10 of the Formula 2 Sprint Race 2 at Monza:
|3||Robert Shwartzman||PREMA Racing||+9.388|
|4||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||+9.962|
|5||David Beckmann||Campos Racing||+10.829|
|6||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||+11.172|
|7||Oscar Piastri||PREMA Racing||+11.735|
|9||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||+12.945|
|10||Theo Pourchaire||ART GP||+15.425|