Doohan shines in the wet – F2 Sprint report

Jehan Daruvala
Jehan Daruvala

The wet conditions at Silverstone made for tricky running in Formula 1 qualifying earlier in the day. The rain stayed around for the Formula 2 Sprint race as well, and this would allow some of the drivers to shine and star when the racing was difficult.

Australian driver Jack Doohan shined brightest though, as he’d win his first race in F2. There were a lot of stories up and down the grid, so here are the highlights!

Slippy Silverstone

Jehan Daruvala qualified on reverse-grid pole and led the field away at the start of the Sprint Race. However, this was behind the safety car, thanks to the wet conditions at Silverstone. One additional lap was run behind the Safety Car before the pack was released to go about the now 19 lap race.

After just a few laps, the leading group were already looking for standing water off the racing line. Whether the wet tyres would go the distance was anybody’s guess. Jack Doohan was getting the most out of the blue walled tyres though, passing Juri Vips for third at the Village corner on Lap 5.

Daruvala had a problem on Lap 6, as both Enzo Fittipaldi and Doohan passed him within a few corners. The Indian would steady the ship, but was still passed for third by Ayumu Iwasa. On Lap 7, we’d see another change for the lead, with Doohan passing Fittiapaldi. The Brazilian would run wide in the final corner and open the door for the Australian.

We’d also see a great battle for seventh, with both Fred Vesti and Felipe Drugovich getting past Liam Lawson and into the top eight and the points.

Iwasa showed his skill on Lap 8, sensationally overtaking Fittipaldi through Copse. Theo Pourchaire would produce an amazing move of his own, around the outside of Daruvala through the final corners on Lap 9. Vips’ chances of points evaporated as well, a time penalty for track limits infringement dropping him out of the top eight.

Further down the order, Marcus Armstrong and Dennis Hauger were having an excellent ding-dong battle for tenth. The Kiwi got the upper hand through Farm and slid his way into the top ten. Championship leader Drugovich was also making good progress, thanks in part to another forceful move on Vesti to go up to P6 at Copse.

Drugovich would also power past Daruvala into P5 with three laps remaining. Daruvala fell further, his damaged car finally catching up with him. Vesti completed another overtake into Copse, before Logan Sargeant would do likewise through the final corners.

At the front though, it was Jack Doohan who comfortably won ahead of Iwasa. Fittipaldi completed the podium, with Pourchaire a close fourth. Drugovich ended up fifth, with Vesti sixth, Sargeant seventh and Daruvala completing the points in P8.

Full classification

Pos. Driver Gap
1 Jack Doohan Leader
2 Amuyu Iwasa +0.9
3 Enzo Fittipaldi +16.7
4 Theo Pourchaire +17.8
5 Felipe Drugovic +21.7
6 Fred Vesti +26.8
7 Logan Sargeant +28.2
8 Jehan Daruvala +36.2
9 Juri Vips +38.6
10 Marcus Armstrong +43.7
11 Richard Verschoor +44.6
12 Dennis Hauger +48.1
13 Jake Hughes +49.4
14 Clement Novalak +54.5
15 Roy Nissany +55.2
16 Olli Caldwell +58.7
17 David Beckmann +66.0
18 Calan Williams +66.4
19 Cem Bolukbasi +81.7
20 Liam Lawson +95.0
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