McLaren junior Nyck de Vries took his first ever victory in Formula 2 after a superb drive in the Monaco sprint race. The Dutchman started from second on the grid but took the lead off the line from team mate Johnny Cecotto Jr. and never looked back on his way to the chequered flag.
Cecotto had started on the reversed grid pole but a slow start forced him to defend on the inside going into Ste Devote, but a move from de Vries around the outside meant he had to settle for second. From then on he was followed by Gustav Malja until the chequered flag for the pair to finish second and third, claiming their respective first podium finish of the season.
Luca Ghiotto’s late-race efforts to overtake Malja couldn’t come to fruition and the Italian finished in fourth place ahead of Russian Time’s Artem Markelov who made a brilliant move to overtake Alexander Albon into Rascasse, the Thai finishing sixth.
Nobuharu Matsushita finished seventh in the other ART while Jordan King picked up the final point in eighth ahead of feature race winner Oliver Rowland in ninth after the Briton lost out to King early in the race.
Charles Leclerc’s home woes continued after his retirement from the feature race meant he started 17th, and despite overtaking a number of cars, incurred a 10-second penalty for colliding with Norman Nato and eventually retired having not been able to get close to the points.
Leclerc, however, remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings on 77 points, still 3 points ahead of Rowland while Markelov gets closer to the lead on 60 points.
Formula 2 return when the circus reaches Baku, June 23-25th
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