Nikita Mazepin is the fifth first-time race-winner in the 2020 Formula 2 Championship, claiming an impressive victory in the Silverstone Feature Race on Saturday afternoon.
Felipe Drugovich qualified on pole position for the first time and his task looked to have been made easier before the start when Calum Ilott squandered his front-row starting position when he could not get off the grid on the formation lap.
Drugovich, however, didn’t make a clean getaway at the real start and was jumped by Prema Racing’s Mick Schumacher on the run to Abbey.
The German’s time at the front was short-lived, however, as he was soon overhauled by Mazepin who passed him around the outside of Stowe to claim the lead.
Mazepin and Schumacher ran 1-2 until they both pitted at the end of Lap 8, dispensing their Medium tyres for the Hard rubber to run to the flag. This left Drugovich, Guan Yu Zhou and Jack Aitken – who all started on the Hard tyres – out on track running a long first stint.
Having made his compulsory pit stop, Mazepin held the effective race lead and made better work carving through the midfield traffic yet to cycle through the pit lane.
This allowed him to open up a buffer and hold a comfortable lead by the time everyone had completed their pit stops, winning by 5.3 seconds.
Zhou was one of the few able to make his alternate Hard/Medium strategy work, eventually making his pit stop on Lap 22. This gave him just seven laps to run to the chequered flag on the quicker Medium tyres, with the Chinese driver able to overtake Christian Lundgaard for second place with two laps to go.
Lundgaard was struggling to make his tyres last to the finish and succumbed to Carlin’s Yuki Tsunoda on the final lap.
Fifth place, after a hard charge through the field after his pit lane start, was Ilott, who finished just 2.5 seconds behind Lundgaard. Louis Delétraz finished sixth, while pole-sitter Drugovich could only manage seventh place.
British driver Dan Ticktum crossed the line in eighth place, giving the DAMS driver the reversed-grid pole position for Sunday’s Sprint Race.
Mick Schumacher tumbled down the order late in the race thanks to excessive tyre wear, finishing in ninth place ahead of Nobuhara Matsushita. Schumacher’s teammate and championship leader Robert Shwartzmann finished fourteenth after qualifying a poor 18th, with his 22-point buffer over Ilott cut to just eight points.
|2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Britain (I) Feature Race Final Classification (29 laps)|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result||Pts|
|1.||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech Grand Prix||29||51:17.953||25|
|2.||Guan Yu Zhou||UNI Virtuosi Racing||29||+ 5.323||20|
|3.||Yuki Tsunoda||Carlin Motorsport||29||+ 7.406||15|
|4.||Christian Lundgaard||ART Grand Prix||29||+ 8.094||12|
|5.||Callum Ilott||UNI Virtuosi Racing||29||+ 10.764||10|
|6.||Louis Delétraz||Charouz Racing System||29||+ 16.121||8|
|7.||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||29||+ 18.136||10|
|8.||Dan Ticktum||DAMS||29||+ 20.580||4|
|9.||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||29||+ 24.742||2|
|10.||Nobuhara Matsushita||MP Motorsport||29||+ 25.319||1|
|11.||Pedro Piquet||Charouz Racing System||29||+ 26.230|
|12.||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin Motorsport||29||+ 26.527|
|13.||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||29||+ 26.744|
|14.||Robert Shwartzman||Prema Racing||29||+ 30.767|
|15.||Sean Gelael||DAMS||29||+ 31.585|
|16.||Marcus Armstrong||ART Grand Prix||29||+ 37.827|
|17.||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech Grand Prix||29||+ 45.263|
|18.||Artem Markelov||BWT HWA Racelab||29||+ 53.528|
|19.||Giuliano Alesi||BWT HWA Racelab||29||+ 1:00.579|
|20.||Marino Sato||Trident Racing||29||+ 1:12.128|
|21.||Guilherme Samaia||Campos Racing||29||+ 1:27.775|
|Not Classified||Team / Entry||Laps||Reason|
|DNF.||Roy Nissany||Trident Racing||4||Mechanical|
- Championship points are awarded on the results of the Feature Race’s top-ten finishers on a 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 sliding scale.
- Four additional championship points are awarded to the driver (Felipe Drugovich) and their corresponding team (MP Motorsport) for claiming pole position for the Feature Race.
- Two additional championship points are awarded to the driver finishing in the top-ten (Guan Yu Zhou) and their corresponding team (UNI-Virtuosi) for posting the fastest lap of the race by a top-ten finisher.
- To be advised.
Image via Hitech Grand Prix.
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