Its the penultimate feature race of the F2 season and the pressure was on for the top 2 in the standings to score as many points as possible. Current Championship leader Pourchaire couldn't win the championship at Monza this weekend but after a rivsl Vesti won the sprint race yestersay with Pourchaire 4th, the frenchman needed to arrive at Yas Marina with the biggest gap possible.
F2 Feature Race
3rd in the championship Victor Martins had made it upto 3rd before the safety car with a great around the 2nd Lesmo on Hauger, Doohan had made up 2 places to 12th.
Lap 4 and they went racing again and Bearma showed he was the master of the restart at Monza as he made a sucessful run for it leaving Pourchaire unable to even consider a move into the first corner, infact there were no changes of position off the restart and after the first green flag lap of racing Bearman had an almost 1 second gap back to Pourchaire. Cordeal picked up a puncture and dropped to last as the DRS was enabled and with that Pourchaire started to set fastest laps but was still unable to get close to the rapid Prema before a huge crash for Leclerc brought out the safety car again.
The race restarted on lap 12 with Daruvela in the lead, Doohan 2nd and Iwasa 3rd not of whom had made their mandatory pit stop yet, Bearman was 5th and Pourchaire 6th. the top 3 immediately went into a 3 way battle that saw the lead change 3 times in a matter of 30 meters but behind a very scary incident for Zane Maloney saw Roy Nissany clip his rear wheel at full racing speed on the start finish straight at the restart and the driver from Barbados took a huge hit into the wall that brought out the 4th of 7 safety cars of the day. Daruvela dove into the pits to make his mandatory stop followed by Iwasa leaving doohan the only man not to have made his stop.
Lap 23 and Bearman's lead was stable at 2.5 seconds over Pourchaire when ANOTHER Safety car period was needed for the car of Maini who after a great scrap with Jak Crawford picked up a puncture and went into the wall at the Curva Grande. Doohan took this chance to make his stop, followed by Crawford who also picked up a puncture in the incident with Maini.
Lap 27 /30 and again Bearman lead the grid around to restart the racing with a huge lead over Pourchaire behind but Iwasa was much closer to the ART and made a brilliant move on the outside of turn1 and then inside of turn 2 to take 2nd position leaving Pourchaire vulnerable to Vershoor behind him but could get the move done.
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Sprint Race Round Up
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Its the penultimate race of the season for the Formula 2 and the title fight is on between former team mates at ART Theo Pourchaire and Fredrik Vesti( now driving for Prema) and the battle behind threatening to make it a 3 or 4 car race to the final weekend of the season in Abu Dhabi. Every point counts at Monza
11 minutes to go and drivers pushing start to make mistakes, the great talent of Zane Maloney was pushed by the speed of Monza as he was forced to make a brilliant catch after almost losing the car on the exit of the 2nd Lesmo corners and Bearman was pushing hard enough to drop 2 tyres onto the dirt on a push lap. Mean while the 2 championship Rivals were playing mind games with each other when they met on track during an out lap, with Vesti running very slow to try and push Pourchaire past him, trying to win the mental war before the competitive sessions have even started. All of which was completely unnecessary as Hauger had a massive spin at Turn 11 after putting 2 wheels on the grass strip on the edge of a track bringing out a red flag and ending the session prematurely.
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