Formula 2 Silverstone: Albon wins as pit woe leaves Russell second

British-born Thai DAMS driver Alexander Albon took victory in the Formula 2 feature race at Silverstone, after polesitter George Russell had myriad trouble in the pitlane

Formula 2 Silverstone: Albon wins as pit woe leaves Russell second

ART Grand Prix driver Russell, on pole and the winner of the last two feature races in Paul Ricard and the Red Bull Ring, had the lead over Albon until the first stops on lap six, when both pitted.

The mechanic changing Russell's front-left wheel had to go for the replacement gun as the first didn't work, and that was enough to allow Albon to jump into the lead.

Russell and his team-mate Jack Aitken were then investigated for speeding in the pitlane, and both were given five second penalties.

Russell remained around two seconds behind Albon for the majority of the race until Russell fell back in the latter stages in a bid to set the fastest lap, which he did, scoring an extra two points.

That result was made all the more sweet by trouble for his closest rival Lando Norris, who stalled during his pitstop and could only recover to take 10th having started sixth.

Antonio Fuoco rounded out the podium for the Charouz Racing System team, his biggest rival, Sergio Sette Camara, ending the race in the gravel trap with his car on fire.

Carlin driver Sette Camara was harrying the back of Fuoco until the fire on lap 24, with yet more bad luck for the Brazilian dropping him further back in the points standings.

Louis Deletraz pulled off a last-lap overtake on Luca Ghiotto to take fourth place, after the latter had displeased Deletraz with his defensive antics.

Deletraz made the move with DRS at the entry to Stowe, as Ghiotto struggled with his tyres.

Artem Markelov and Nyck de Vries battled in the same train as Ghiotto and Deletraz but struggled to make inroads further forward.

Maxi Gunther built on strong pace from Austria to take eighth and the reversed-grid pole position, while his Arden team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi retired with technical issues having stuggled for top speed in qualifying one day previously.

Ralph Boschung took ninth ahead of Norris, having run the longest of all drivers, starting the race on the hard tyres.

Sean Gelael was the final retiree, as he clashed with Norris at Brooklands and then stalled.

Further back, Aitken finished 13th having had an additional five second penalty awarded for a safety car infringement.

Removing the 10 seconds of penalties, he could have taken eighth and the sprint race pole but instead he now has six consecutive finishes outside of the points.

Feature race result

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Alexander Albon DAMS 29 52m04.519s
2 George Russell ART Grand Prix 29 9.783s
3 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 29 18.507s
4 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 29 26.689s
5 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 29 27.016s
6 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 29 27.107s
7 Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 29 28.034s
8 Maximilian Guenther BWT Arden 29 34.021s
9 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 29 37.227s
10 Lando Norris Carlin 29 39.620s
11 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 29 39.971s
12 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 29 40.132s
13 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 29 42.930s
14 Arjun Maini Trident 29 54.855s
15 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 29 58.064s
16 Santino Ferrucci Trident 29 59.394s
17 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 29 59.764s
- Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 23 Retirement
- Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 20 Retirement
- Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 13 Retirement


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