Dennis Hauger is the winner of the opening race of the Formula 2 race weekend in Monaco.
Saturday’s racing action at the Circuit de Monaco concluded with F2 Sprint Race.
The race start was delayed as the track had to be cleaned up from the debris from the accident at the end of the F1 Monaco GP qualifying.
Polesitter Jake Hughes was not able to get out of his grid box. Thankfully, he was avoided by the rest of the field. Dennis Hauger inherited the race lead.
Championship leader Felipe Drugovich also struggled as he was down to P20. He went to the pits and got Wet tires. The gamble did not pay off and the MP Motorsport driver switched back to the slicks. Furthermore, the Brazilian was given a 5-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane. In the end, he got Wet tires again, but was 5 laps down.
Upfront, Hauger built a gap of 1.8 seconds from his teammate Jehan Daruvala. Marcus Armstrong was right behind the PREMA Racing drivers.
Clement Novalak had a contact with Ayumu Iwasa at the exit of Rascasse. The Frenchman hit the wall as a result. The race was over for him and Safety Car was deployed.
The race was restarted on lap 14. Hauger remained in the lead. Meanwhile, Drugovich was given another time penalty for pit lane speeding. He retired from the race on lap 19.
Iwasa was given a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision with Novalak.
On lap 21, Hauger was 5 seconds ahead of Daruvala. Behind them, Juri Vips was putting pressure on Enzo Fittipaldi in the battle for P4.
Hauger went on to get his maiden Formula 2 race win. Daruvala crossed the finish line 2nd, making it a 1-2 for PREMA Racing. Armstrong completed the podium.
The top 10 of Formula 2 Sprint Race in Monaco:
|1||Dennis Hauger||PREMA Racing||44:28.491|
|2||Jehan Daruvala||PREMA Racing||+6.711|
|3||Marcus Armstrong||Hitech GP||+7.267|
|4||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System||+13.164|
|5||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||+14.566|
|6||Theo Pourchaire||ART GP||+15.829|
|7||Jack Doohan||Virtuosi Racing||+17.365|