Formula 2: Oscar Piastri wins the feature race at Monza to keep championship lead

Oscar Piastri has won his first feature race in his debut season in Formula 2 to stay as the championship leader over Guyanhu Zhou

Oscar Piastri gets his second win of the season to extend the gap between him and his championship rival Guyanhu Zhou by just 4 points. Zhou finished right behind Piastri in P2 to keep the pressure on the Australian driver. The championship gap after sprint race 1 was 2 points and after sprint race 2 the game was just 1 point. The two drivers have been glued to each other during all three of the weekend races in Formula 2 for the championship and a potential entry into the grand stage of single-seater motorsport, Formula 1.

The feature race saw many incidents that required multiple safety car deployments during the race that saw 22 drivers start the race but on 15 who ended it. The safety car at the early stage of the race led many drivers to the pit lane to complete their mandatory pit stop early on. Dan Ticktum however decided to stay out on track and find another opportunity to pit later on. This move proved to work fantastically for the Carlin driver as a safety car on lap 22 allowed him to complete his mandatory stop and decided to put on the soft type compound and rejoin the queue. 

 

Ticktum moved from P11 to P3 with two laps left and was looking very likely to claim victory due to the fresher soft compound tyers. It was all open doors for the British driver until another safety car was deployed and could not overtake as per FIA rules. The race ended under the safety car for Piastri, Zhou and Ticktum to step onto the podium in Monza. 

 

The Indian driver Jehan Daruvala who won sprint race 2 fought hard after falling back due to cold types at the beginning of the race starting from P2 on the grid to cross the line and finish P5. Ahead of him was the 18-year-old Frenchman and sprint race 1 winner who had no answer to Ticktum’s fresh tyres.

 

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