Formula 2: Monza winners dedicated their wins to Anthoine Hubert
Nyck de Vries (ART Grand Prix) finished third in both races and retained the lead in the championship after ten rounds.
In Saturday’s Feature Race, Nobuharu Matsushita claimed his second Formula 2 victory of the season after starting from fifth and defeating Italian racer Luca Ghiotto (UNI-Virtuosi Racing). Championship leader Nyck de Vries completed the podium, progressing to P3 from the last place on the grid after he was disqualified from qualifying results due to fuel infringement.
It was an emotional afternoon for the F2 field and each car adorned touching tributes to the late Anthoine Hubert who tragically passed in last weekend’s race at Spa and Juan Manuel Correa who was injured in the horrific collision. The entire Formula 2 family was Racing for Anthoine, and race winner Matsushita dedicated his win to the Frenchman.
Three rookies started the race from three leading positions: Callum Ilott, Guanyu Zhou and Nikita Mazepin. However, neither one of them reached the podium. Ilott finished the best among them, in the fourth place.
Jack Aitken finished eighth in the Feature Race and secured pole position on the reverse grid for Sunday’s Sprint Race, ahead of Giuliano Alesi and Jordan King. Aitken converted pole position into his third victory of the season. King reached his second podium with the second-place finish while Nyck de Vries recorded one more podium to extend the championship lead.
His closest rival Nicholas Latifi (DAMS) scored no points in both races, staying in the second place in the championship but the gap is now 59 points (225:166). Formula 2 racers have two more rounds on their schedule, the Russian Grand Prix (September 28-29) and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (November 30-December 1).
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