Felipe Drugovich dominated the Barcelona Sprint Race for his second FIA Formula 2 win of the season, finishing 9 seconds ahead of Luca Ghiotto in a weekend where his MP Motorsport team swept to victory in both races following teammate Nobuhara Matsushita claiming Saturday’s Feature Race win.

Second-placed Ghiotto couldn’t touch the MP Motorsport man for pace, but comfortably held on for his second podium of the season, ahead of Mick Schumacher.

In a race where most of the grid struggled to manage their Pirelli tyres, Drugovich bombed ahead of pole-sitter Ghiotto off the line and kept it calm and controlled out in front, showing no sign of any detrimental wear.

Schumacher had a mixed start to the race, which had initially seen him challenge for the lead before falling to P4. The German forced his way ahead of Callum Ilott for his fourth podium of the season.

Despite heavy degradation, Championship leader Ilott was able to cling on to eighth and the final points position. Robert Shwartzman wasn’t so lucky, finishing out of the points in 13th.

Reversed-grid pole-sitter Ghiotto was sluggish off the line, but Drugovich wasn’t. The Brazilian flung down the right and into the lead ahead of the first corner. Schumacher initially enjoyed a solid getaway himself from third, and attempted to fire down the middle for first but couldn’t find a way through, ending up losing a place to Ilott.

Drugovich was in a league of his own out in front, building up an impressive early advantage of 3s inside of the opening four laps. Having gotten comfortable, the MP Motorsport driver eased off on the throttle to preserve his rubber.

Louis Delétraz had been stalking the rear wing of Shwartzman in a fight for eighth, but their brawl was brought to an abrupt halt thanks to a mammoth overtake from Nikita Mazepin. The Russian swung to the right and hurtled down the side of him on the main straight and into the first corner. The Charouz Racing System driver was clearly struggling with degradation, which allowed Christian Lundgaard to follow Mazepin through four laps later.

If Shwartzman thought this had given him some breathing space, he was wrong. Mazepin managed what Delétraz could not, braving a late brake at the first turn and edging ahead of the Russian.

Drugovich had extended the gap to eight seconds, as Ilott reeled in Ghiotto. The door was open and Ilott dived down the inside on the main straight to spark a wheel-to-wheel brawl with the Italian. Ghiotto managed to close the door and narrowly retained the lead, with Schumacher following the pair, ready to pounce on any mistakes.

In the end, the PREMA racer wouldn’t need one. Ghiotto got a move on and escaped the clutches of Ilott, which robbed the UNI-Virtuosi racer of DRS and allowed Schumacher to ease past at the first corner.

Yuki Tsunoda had snuck up on Guanyu Zhou and nabbed fifth from the UNI-Virtuosi driver in a move that appeared all too easy down the main straight. He followed this up with an overtake of Ilott for fourth, who was struggling with degradation.

Ilott wasn’t the only one, as his teammate Zhou was forced into the pits for fresh Pirellis, which cost the Renault junior a points finish. Jack Aitken and Dan Ticktum also had to go in for a change of boots.

Drugovich coolly took the chequered flag for MP Motorsport’s second win of the weekend – the first time any team has won twice on the same weekend in 2020. Ghiotto kept hold of second ahead of Schumacher and Tsunoda.

Matsushita stole fifth, ahead of Mazepin in sixth. Pedro Piquet made a late charge to seventh for his first points in F2. Ilott dropped back to ninth on the final lap, although a late time penalty for Lundgaard promoted him to eighth.

Sean Gelael was unable to take part in the race following an incident on the last lap on Saturday, which led to a back injury. The Indonesian is expected to make a full recovery.

Ilott extends his lead over Robert Shwartzman in the Drivers’ Championship by one point to 121, ahead of the Russian on 103. Lundgaard remains third on 87, followed by Tsunoda and Schumacher. In the Teams’ Championship, UNI-Virtuosi remain first with 197 points, ahead of PREMA on 182. ART Grand Prix are third with 121, followed by Hitech and MP Motorsport.

2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Barcelona Sprint Race Final Classification (26 laps)
Driver Team / Entry Laps Result Pts
1. Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 26 41:55.669 15
2. Luca Ghiotto Hitech Grand Prix 26 + 9.536 12
3. Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 26 + 10.956 10
4. Yuki Tsunoda Carlin Motorsport 26 + 14.924 8
5. Nobuhara Matsushita MP Motorsport 26 + 19.921 6
6. Nikita Mazepin Hitech Grand Prix 26 + 23.231 4
7. Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System 26 + 24.528 2
8. Callum Ilott UNI Virtuosi Racing UNI-Virtuosi Logo 26 + 29.718 1
9. Louis Delétraz Charouz Racing System 26 + 31.973
10. Dan Ticktum DAMS 26 + 32.155 2
11. Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 26 + 34.196
12. Roy Nissany Trident Racing 26 + 34.822
13. Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing 26 + 41.254
14. Guan Yu Zhou UNI Virtuosi Racing UNI-Virtuosi Logo 26 + 41.996
15. Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix 26 + 43.413
16. Artem Markelov BWT HWA Racelab 26 + 45.618
17. Jehan Daruvala Carlin Motorsport 26 + 46.219
18. Jack Aitken Campos Racing 26 + 48.431
19. Giuliano Alesi BWT HWA Racelab 26 + 54.736
20. Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing 26 + 1:09.082
21. Marino Sato Trident Racing 26 + 1:15.667
Not Classified Team / Entry Laps Reason
DNS. Sean Gelael DAMS Injured

Championship Points:

  • Championship points are awarded on the results of the Final Classification of each Sprint Race to the race’s top-eight finishers and their corresponding teams on a 15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 sliding scale.
  • Two bonus points are awarded to the driver finishing in the top-ten (Dan Ticktum) and their corresponding team (DAMS) for posting the fastest lap of the race by a top-ten finisher.

Post-Race Penalties:

  • Christian Lundgaard received a 5-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

Images and text via FIA Formula 2 Championship

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