Monza F2: Ghiotto surges to victory as title rivals fail to score

Russian Time's Luca Ghiotto won a breathless Formula 2 sprint race at Monza ahead of Sergio Sette Camara and Antonio Fuoco

Monza F2: Ghiotto surges to victory as title rivals fail to score

Ghiotto, who won yesterday's feature race on the road before being demoted to fourth with a post-race penalty, charged up from fifth on the grid with a series of determined passes to seal his second GP2/F2 victory.

Championship leader Charles Leclerc fought his way to ninth after being involved in a late-race crash in the feature event, but could not score a point, while his title rival Oliver Rowland made his way up to 11th from 19th on the grid.

At the start, Sean Gelael made a lightening getaway to rise from fourth to lead into Turn 1 ahead of Louis Deletraz, as polesitter Gustav Malja made slow progress off the line.

Gelael led the early laps before he was overhauled by Deletraz on the run to Turn 1 at the start of lap four of 21.

Ghiotto began his charge by demoting Malja to fifth and then made his way into the top three as Sette Camara and Gelael fought over second on the exit of the Roggia chicane.

In a thrilling exchange, Sette Camara got ahead of Gelael on the approach to Lesmo one, where Ghiotto forcefully got by the Indonesian driver too, and Nicholas Latifi did likewise at the second Lesmo.

Ghiotto then took second when Sette Camara went wide at the Roggia and set about catching Deletraz.

He did so at the start of lap 11, pressuring the Rapax driver at Turn 1 before getting into first with a better run out of the Roggia.

From there, Ghiotto edged clear into the lead and eventually took the chequered flag with a margin of 2.2 seconds over Sette Camara, who demoted Deletraz to third with a DRS-assisted move into Turn 1 on lap 12.

Fuoco, who inherited the race one win, made steady progress up the order from eighth on the grid and eventually caught and passed Deletraz for third place with a textbook move into Turn 1 late on.

Deletraz held onto fourth ahead of his team-mate Roberto Merhi and Gelael, as Nobuharu Matsushita and Alexander Albon eventually claimed the final two points-paying places after seemingly never ending mid-pack scrap.

Leclerc was in the thick of the action after shooting up from 17th early on and he fought the ART Grand Prix cars hard as they came through the pack.

But the championship leader sustained damage challenging Latifi - who tumbled down the order after running high up early on - and he could not finish off his charge to the points.

Rowland also made good progress early on, attacking Leclerc at the Lesmos before dropping back, but could only rise as far as 11th, one spot ahead of Nyck de Vries.

Artem Markelov ended up 15th, just ahead of Latifi, following a late-race clash with Jordan King that sent the Briton across the gravel between the Lesmos, and he eventually came home 20th and last.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 33m15.078s
2 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 2.296s
3 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 4.505s
4 Louis Deletraz Rapax 6.246s
5 Roberto Merhi Rapax 11.803s
6 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 17.305s
7 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 20.010s
8 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 20.588s
9 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 23.263s
10 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 23.704s
11 Oliver Rowland DAMS 27.419s
12 Nyck de Vries Racing Engineering 29.307s
13 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 29.659s
14 Santino Ferrucci Trident 29.906s
15 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 32.045s
16 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 32.965s
17 Nabil Jeffri Trident 33.237s
18 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 57.447s
19 Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 1m00.129s
20 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1m06.302s

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Charles Leclerc 218
2 Oliver Rowland 159
3 Artem Markelov 152
4 Luca Ghiotto 150
5 Nicholas Latifi 132
6 Nobuharu Matsushita 115
7 Nyck de Vries 96
8 Norman Nato 91
9 Antonio Fuoco 77
10 Alexander Albon 66
11 Jordan King 50
12 Gustav Malja 44
13 Sergio Sette Camara 43
14 Sergio Canamasas 21
15 Sean Gelael 17
16 Johnny Cecotto Jr. 16
17 Roberto Merhi 16
18 Louis Deletraz 15
19 Ralph Boschung 11
20 Sergey Sirotkin 9
21 Santino Ferrucci 4
22 Robert Visoiu 1
23 Nabil Jeffri 0
24 Stefano Coletti 0
25 Callum Ilott 0
26 Raffaele Marciello 0


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