Silverstone F2: Aitken makes stunning late pass to win sprint race

Renault Formula 1 junior Jack Aitken made a sensational late move at Brooklands stick to take the Formula 2 sprint race win in tricky conditions at Silverstone

Silverstone F2: Aitken makes stunning late pass to win sprint race

The British-South Korean driver made a demon start to run third behind Louis Deletraz and Nyck de Vries in the early stages.

Deletraz was able to move clear of DRS out front while de Vries and Aitken battled, but Aitken made a late move at Village stick on lap seven of 21 and edged clear of DRS.

He began eating into Deletraz's margin, and came from over a second back with five laps to go.

Aitken then surprised the Carlin driver, launching up the inside at Brooklands in a daring move from far behind.

That bold pass required some co-operation from Deletraz to succeed but his Campos rival was easily faster, speeding away to finish over three seconds clear in a brilliant performance in changeable conditions.

Deletraz's weekend started by being hit by Sean Gelael at Brooklands, in what the former called a "racing incident", with his second place a strong turnaround from a difficult start to both the weekend and his season as a whole.

De Vries appeared to struggle once passed by Aitken, and slow-starting pole-sitter Callum Ilott was on his tail.

But Ilott struggled to remain close to de Vries in the quick corners, running agonisingly close yet unable to make a move.

Nicholas Latifi took fifth, after feature race winner Luca Ghiotto suffered a left-rear puncture in the closing stages and had to pit.

As Ghiotto fell back, Latifi had to hold off the charging Mick Schumacher who came from 11th to take sixth at the end, going airborne as Latifi edged him wide at the exit of Stowe.

The Ferrari junior and Prema Racing driver was racing alone after Gelael withdrew, but continued his strong form in sprint races to score points.

Honda junior Nobuharu Matsushita ensured two Carlins reached the top seven, by jumping Ghiotto's Virtuosi Racing team-mate Guan Yu Zhou.

The latter had tried to pass Schumacher but left himself vulnerable and Matsushita jumped him at Copse.

Behind Zhou - who took the final point - Jordan King and Juan Manual Correa sealed the top 10.

Ghiotto finished 15th after his puncture.

Result - 21 laps

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 36m47.822s
2 Louis Deletraz Carlin 4.997s
3 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 8.194s
4 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 8.850s
5 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 16.203s
6 Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 19.222s
7 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 19.666s
8 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 20.181s
9 Jordan King MP Motorsport 21.731s
10 Juan Manuel Correa Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 25.820s
11 Anthoine Hubert BWT Arden 34.309s
12 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 37.426s
13 Arjun Maini Campos Racing 40.581s
14 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 47.259s
15 Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi 57.696s
16 Tatiana Calderon BWT Arden 59.998s
17 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 1m09.991s
18 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport 1m10.157s
- Giuliano Alesi Trident Retirement

Drivers' championship

Pos Driver Points
1 Nyck de Vries 170
2 Nicholas Latifi 139
3 Luca Ghiotto 122
4 Sergio Sette Camara 121
5 Jack Aitken 113
6 Guanyu Zhou 105
7 Anthoine Hubert 77
8 Nobuharu Matsushita 65
9 Louis Deletraz 60
10 Jordan King 41
11 Juan Manuel Correa 36
12 Dorian Boccolacci 30
13 Callum Ilott 27
14 Mick Schumacher 26
15 Artem Markelov 16
16 Sean Gelael 11
17 Nikita Mazepin 6
18 Ralph Boschung 3
19 Giuliano Alesi 1
20 Mahaveer Raghunathan 0
21 Tatiana Calderon 0
22 Arjun Maini 0
23 Patricio O'Ward 0
24 Ryan Tveter 0


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