Monaco F2: McLaren junior de Vries takes sprint race for debut win

McLaren junior driver Nyck de Vries took his maiden Formula 2 win for Rapax in the Monaco Sprint race, ahead of team-mate and poleman Johnny Cecotto Jr

Monaco F2: McLaren junior de Vries takes sprint race for debut win

De Vries stole the lead from Cecotto as the lights went out and had extended an advantage of almost two seconds by the end of the third lap.

He went on to run a faultless race and ultimately crossed the line 11 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Racing Engineering's Gustav Malja was third, despite coming under enormous pressure from Luca Ghiotto in the closing stages of the race.

Ghiotto himself was defending hard from a train of cars, headed by Russian Time team-mate and championship contender Artem Markelov.

Markelov was fifth after a seamless overtake on Alexander Albon through Rascasse, while Albon came home ahead of his ART team-mate Nobuharu Matsushita.

Jordan King claimed the final points of the day in eighth place for MP Motorsport.

Friday's feature race winner Oliver Rowland, who remains second in the championship with DAMS, was ninth despite being hit from behind by Trident driver Sergio Canamasas in the closing stages.

Prema's Anotonio Fuoco rounded out the top 10.

Championship leader Charles Leclerc's miserable home weekend continued, after the Prema driver started from 17th on the grid as a result of his retirement due to broken suspension in the feature race on Friday.

Leclerc dropped to 19th place at the start, but then seemed to be on a charge with a pass on DAMS' Nicholas Latifi for 18th.

A tangle with Arden driver Norman Nato just a few laps later meant Leclerc incurred a 10-second penalty for causing a collision. He eventually pulled into the pits and retired.

RESULTS - 30 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Nyck de Vries Rapax 41m51.284s
2 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Rapax 9.834s
3 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 10.415s
4 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 10.881s
5 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 11.258s
6 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 11.901s
7 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 13.627s
8 Jordan King MP Motorsport 13.970s
9 Oliver Rowland DAMS 28.993s
10 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 29.051s
11 Nabil Jeffri Trident 34.041s
12 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 42.732s
13 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 43.430s
14 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 46.423s
15 Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 47.007s
16 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 53.179s
17 Sergio Canamasas Trident 55.677s
- Charles Leclerc Prema Racing Retirement
- Ralph Boschung Campos Racing Retirement
- Norman Nato Pertamina Arden Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Charles Leclerc 77
2 Oliver Rowland 74
3 Artem Markelov 60
4 Luca Ghiotto 56
5 Nobuharu Matsushita 48
6 Alexander Albon 37
7 Jordan King 29
8 Nicholas Latifi 28
9 Gustav Malja 28
10 Nyck de Vries 27
11 Norman Nato 18
12 Johnny Cecotto Jr. 16
13 Antonio Fuoco 2
14 Sergio Canamasas 1
15 Louis Deletraz 0
16 Nabil Jeffri 0
17 Ralph Boschung 0
18 Sean Gelael 0
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Sergio Sette Camara 0
21 Stefano Coletti 0
22 Robert Visoiu 0

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