Formula 2: Theo Pourchaire wins sprint race 1 at Monza; teammate Lundgaard finishes on podium from 19th

A delight for ART GP as both their drivers climb onto the podium for F2 sprint race 1 at Monza, Italy

Theo Pourchaire wins sprint race 1 after showing his dominance in pace and overtaking at one of the fastest circuits on the Formula 2 calendar at Monza, Italy. The recently turned 18-year-old has won his second race in his debut season of F2 going back to his impressive display in the world-famous Circuit de Monaco to take his first win in the Feature Race in May this year.

Championship leader Oscar Piastri of the Prema Racing team started in P10 due to the reverse grid for the sprint races. The Australian driver was in all sorts of trouble due to the many incidents during the race. Piastri was put under pressure by this own teammate Robert Shwartzman who pushed his wide onto the gravel at turn 7. Shwartzman was later given a 5-second penalty by Race Control for gaining a place while going off track limits. 

 

Guanyu Zhou who started the race in P8 drove an excellent in lap to gain a podium finish. After seeing his Championship rival Piastri struggle, Zhou was quick to take advantage and try to close the gap. Zhou in the UNI-Virtuosi car P finished P2 while Piastri finished P4. Piastri now holds a 2 point lead over Zhou in the Drivers’ standings. 

The biggest fight back during the race came from the ART GP driver Christian Lundgaard who started the race from P19 to finish on the podium spot at P3 after gaining 16 places in 21 laps. The team of ART GP come out as the most satisfied team from Sprint Race 1 to have both their drivers on the podium. 

 

David Beckman who started on pole for sprint race 1 will once again start on pole in sprint race 2 after a very disappointing outing on the race track losing 9 places.

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