Formula 2: Nyck De Vries wins at Monaco, Latifi still in the lead
Nyck de Vries (ART Grand Prix) and Anthoine Hubert (BWT Arden) are the winners of two FIA Formula 2 Championship races at the streets of Monte Carlo, both taking place on Saturday ahead of F1 Monaco Grand Prix. De Vries has won Feature Race after starting from pole, scoring his second win of the season and the sixth F2 victory in a career. The rookie Anthoine Hubert triumphed in the Sprint Race and clinched his maiden F2 victory.
Nyck de Vries dominated in the Feature Race that was interrupted by red flag period after the track was blocked after an accident of several cars. The Dutchman shared a podium with Luca Ghiotto (UNI Virtuosi Racing) and Nobuharu Matsushita (Carlin) but the Italian was disqualified after the race so Matsushita was promoted to P2 while Sergio Sette Camara (DAMS) gets the third place.
The polesitter De Vries was sharing the front row with Callum Ilott (Sauber Junior Team) but the Briton didn’t manage to start the race, stalling on the grid after the formation lap. The start of the race was aborted while Ilott later retired from the pits.
When the race started, De Vries defended his lead and built a gap of six seconds ahead of Luca Ghiotto. The race was stopped after contact of Mick Schumacher and Tatiana Calderon, resulting with a spin of Calderon’s car. Louis Deletraz then came but there was no room to pass, so the trio blocked the track, bringing out a red flag.
At the restart, Nyck de Vries continued to lead the race. The new interruption followed with five laps to go when two separate accidents happened, initiating Safety Car intervention. At the restart with only one lap to go, De Vries cruised to his second win this season.
In the Sprint Race, Anthoine Hubert started the race from reverse grid pole and managed to convert it to victory, in the photo finish against Louis Deletraz (Carlin). Guanyu Zhou (UNI Virtuosi Racing) completed the podium.
The race was interrupted by Safety Car period on lap 3 when Tatiana Calderon went into the barrier on Turn 5. The second SC intervention followed after an accident of Ghiotto and Raghunathan. Hubert held the lead at both restarts, battling against Deletraz for victory.
Nyck de Vries finished the race in the seventh place, earning two points that were enough to overtake Nicholas Latifi (DAMS) in the championship standings, because Latifi finished just tenth, but he set the fastest lap of the race and earned two points, retaining the championship lead by just one point.
The championship will be continued at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 22-23.
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