Yesterday’s tricky conditions had subsided and were replaced by sunny skies at Silverstone. The Feature for Formula 2 began with Williams development driver Logan Sargeant on pole, the first in his F2 career and also his first win today. He’d become the first American to win an F2 race since Alex Rossi back in 2015. Here are all of the highlights!
Sargeant marched away at the start from pole, while championship leader Felipe Drugovic slipped down to fifth.
At the end of lap one, Roy Nissany ran wide at Stowe and re-joined the circuit ahead of Dennis Hauger. The Isreali driver then shut the door on Huager, running the Norwegian off the circuit and onto the grass. Hauger was then launched into the air and collided with Hauger’s car, taking them both out of the race. The halo has saved another life in open-wheel racing.
After the race restarted on Lap 6, Sargeant bolted into the lead again ahead of Theo Pourchaire. David Beckmann, who was at the back anyway, received a 10 second stop/go penalty for a starting procedure infringement.
On Lap 9, the first cars came into the pits for their mandated stops, looking to gain the undercut. Liam Lawson and Ayu Iwasa followed suit a lap later from third and fourth, respectively. This move proved disastrous for Iwasa, as his rear-right tyre didn’t want to go onto the car, resulting in a very slow stop.
The leading pair stopped on Lap 11, leaving Drugovich out in the lead of the race, but on extremely worn soft tyres. Only the drivers who started on the hard tyres remained out, with Juri Vips leading the pack. The drivers then focused on putting in good lap times, the only real battle was for fifth place between Marino Sato and Calan Williams.
The first of the hard runners to pit was Vips on Lap 22. While these drivers dropped down, the softs are much faster per lap, so they’d come back towards the end of the race. In the end though, Sargeant was untouchable, Pourchaire would get within a second of him, but didn’t have the pace to challenge in the closing stages.
Liam Lawson hung on for third, despite a lock-up in the closing laps. Drugovich got another solid result in fourth, with Vesti a respectable fifth. Vips could only get up to sixth, and he was followed by Jehan Daruvala (7th) and Marcus Armstrong (8th).
Yesterday’s winner Jack Doohan had a brilliant end to the race, despite a poor stop costing him multiple positions. The Aussie would end up ninth, ahead of Jake Hughes, who got the final point.