Silverstone F2: Ghiotto beats Latifi for maiden feature race win

Luca Ghiotto fended off Williams Formula 1 junior Nicholas Latifi, in a battle which involved the two making contact, to take victory in the Silverstone Formula 2 feature race

Silverstone F2: Ghiotto beats Latifi for maiden feature race win

Ghiotto got a brilliant start to jump Virtuosi Racing team-mate and polesitter Guan Yu Zhou despite being on the dirty side of the grid, and kept his team-mate at arms-length until the lap six pitstops of the 29-lap encounter.

Williams junior Latifi had an almost perfect start to the race from fourth, jumping and pulling away from his McLaren-affiliated team-mate Sergio Sette Camara to run third behind the Virtuosi pair entering the pits, also on lap six.

Although Ghiotto was leading, the Virtuosi squad awarded Zhou the first pit stop, hoping to give Zhou the benefit of the undercut and Ghiotto a clear pitlane to avoid traffic.

However, DAMS managed to lever Latifi ahead of Zhou into second, and when Ghiotto pitted on lap seven, he emerged just ahead of Latifi but on cold tyres.

Latifi took the lead soon after as the Ghiotto locked-up at Brooklands after an intense fight where he defended excellently on cold tyres from the Canadian.

Latifi had even caused contact by hitting the rear of Ghiotto's car on the exit of Copse corner, such was his superior grip.

But Ghiotto wouldn't give up after being passed and made a daring dive at Stowe on lap 11, and followed that with multiple fastest laps over the coming tours to push his lead through the three-second threshold.

It was enough to give Ghiotto a third race win in F2 and a first feature race win.

Latifi matched Ghiotto with fastest laps in the closing stages, but not enough to get within range to pass.

It was still a much-needed podium to get Latifi's championship bid back on track, in a race where the points' leader Nyck de Vries was sixth.

Behind Latifi, Renault junior Zhou couldn't convert his first pole but did well to take a fourth 2019 podium, as it looked like a resurgent Sette Camara would pass him in the closing stages.

But with around five laps to go Zhou pulled away to finish ahead of the DAMS driver.

Like qualifying, Virtuosi and DAMS locked out the front four positions.

As in the closing stages of the Austria feature race, Nyck de Vries struggled for performance late on and lost the fifth place he had held for a long period to Jack Aitken.

The British-Korean driver passed de Vries at Village with less than four laps to go, sealing fifth for Campos Racing.

The Carlin drivers had looked racey but both dropped positions in the pit stop phase. Fifth-place starter Louis Deletraz was the best finisher in seventh behind de Vries, while Austria feature race winner Nobuharu Matsushita had to settle for ninth.

Splitting the two was Callum Ilott in eight, taking the reverse-grid pole for Sunday's sprint race. The Sauber Junior Team driver had a slow start and did well to recover.

Behind Matsushita, Jordan King rounded out the top 10 for MP Motorsport.

Sean Gelael did not start the race citing "personal reasons" meaning only 19 cars started the race.

The only driver change for this round came for Trident Racing and Dorian Boccolacci, who retired early on with damage to his car.

Result - 29 laps

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi 50m21.114s
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 3.314s
3 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 7.186s
4 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 11.841s
5 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 13.744s
6 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 18.969s
7 Louis Deletraz Carlin 19.466s
8 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 23.144s
9 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 24.263s
10 Jordan King MP Motorsport 30.176s
11 Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 31.100s
12 Arjun Maini Campos Racing 47.072s
13 Juan Manuel Correa Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 47.708s
14 Tatiana Calderon BWT Arden 1m19.155s
15 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport 1m31.116s
16 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1 Lap
17 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1 Lap
18 Anthoine Hubert BWT Arden 1 Lap
- Dorian Boccolacci Trident Retirement
- Sean Gelael Prema Racing Withdrawn


shares
comments
Silverstone F2: Prema's Gelael withdraws hours before feature race
Previous article

Silverstone F2: Prema's Gelael withdraws hours before feature race

Next article

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

Silverstone F2: Aitken makes stunning late pass to win sprint race
Load comments
What next for the enigma "too politically incorrect" for F1? Plus

What next for the enigma "too politically incorrect" for F1?

Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?

FIA F2
Sep 30, 2021
How F2's biggest talent could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench Plus

How F2's biggest talent could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench

Tipped as the next big thing after winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in his rookie season, Oscar Piastri has taken Formula 2 by storm and looks set to clinch that title too. But with no Formula 1 seat available to him for next year, the Alpine junior may have to wait for his time in the spotlight…

FIA F2
Sep 24, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Plus

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds Plus

The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds

It's a long way from Pukekohe New Zealand to Milton Keynes, but Red Bull's Kiwi protege Liam Lawson has defied plenty of odds to reach the rung below F1. He's endured disappointment since winning on his F2 debut in Bahrain, but is determined to turn his season around and prove himself worthy of a place in F1

FIA F2
Jul 27, 2021
How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Plus

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books Plus

The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers Plus

The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers

Formula 2 used to be about more than providing a stepping stone to F1. For three decades it often provided another setting for the world’s best to fight it out. Autosport picks out the very best races

FIA F2
May 16, 2021