Formula 2 British R1 Grand Prix 2020

We’ve come back to racing with another triple header: two rounds in Silverstone, United Kingdom; and one in Barcelona de Catalunya, Spain. 3 drivers will be driving at their home circuit: Ticktum, Ilott and Aitken.

This race summary is for the first round of Silverstone.

Qualifying

The clouds have rolled in, reducing the heat on the track. Tsunoda takes the first provisional pole for the session, which is then taken by Aitken a few seconds later by 0.005 seconds. Lundgaard and Daruvala joined the battle for the 4 points for setting the fastest time in qualifying. Tsunoda had greens and purples, but missed out by 0.1s whilst Drugovich pulls out a crazy lap to take provisional by 0.139s from Ilott.

The grid is as follows:
1. Felipe Drugovich
2. Callum Ilott
3. Mick Schumacher
4. Christian Lundgaard
5. Nikita Mazepin
6. Jack Aitken
7. Jehan Daruvala
8. Guanyu Zhou
9. Yuki Tsunoda
10. Louis Delétraz
11. Nobuharu Matsushita
12. Dan Ticktum
13. Luca Ghiotto
14. Pedro Piquet
15. Marcus Armstrong
16. Sean Gelael
17. Marino Sato
18. Robert Shwartzman
19. Roy Nissany
20. Giuliano Alesi
21. Artem Markelov
22. Guilherme Samaia

Feature Race

Before the race even started on the formation lap, Ilott stalled on the grid meaning his car had to be pushed to the pitlane to restart the red Virtuosi car.

Schumacher, starting behind the pole sitter, gets an amazing get away from the grid, taking the lead quickly, after sliding past the Brazilian, especially since there was no one on the 2nd grid spot to defend. Drugovich didn’t have such a successful start, like previously mentioned, he lost the start to the German, but also dropped down the order significantly. Meanwhile, home racer Aitken made a move on Matsushita to go up the grid. A lap later, he was fighting Tsunoda for 5th. Further down the grid, Gelael was taking 14th from Brazilian driver Pedro Piquet.

At the front, Mazepin takes 1st from Schumacher at Stowe. The Russian takes the outside line and holds it with a good exit to take the position. After starting in the pitlane, Ilott was now going up the order. By lap four, he was in 16th and only 0.4 seconds behind Piquet.

Drugovich opted for the overcut, staying on the hards for the first stint. It took him a few laps to get them up to temperature. As soon as his rubber was at optimum temperature, he started charging against Lundgaard for 3rd. Meanwhile, Armstrong took 11th from Ticktum, Markelov overtaking Piquet for 16th and Ghiotto takes 19th from Sato. For Ilott, he was a man on a mission. He was in 14th catching Shwartzman to 0.4 seconds. Ilott’s teammate Zhou was also going up the grid, battling Tsunoda and reducing the gap to 0.2 seconds.

Nissany wasn’t having a good start to his weekend, having already pitted end of lap 5 to come in for issues. Delétraz and Ticktum were the first to pit out the drivers for new tyres. Zhou finally made the move on Tsunoda and was now challenging Aitken for 5th.

More start coming in the following lap for new sets of tyres after the ones they started with started to drop off. Daruvala, Ilott and Piquet all come in. Zhou was not holding back and was now making moves against Aitken to sit in 5th behind Drugovich.

The front runners, Mazepin and Schumacher, pit leaving Danish driver Lundgaard to take the lead. Though, in retaliation, he pits the following lap, meaning Drugovich now took the lead on the alternate strategy. The Dane comes out ahead of Mazepin, showing the overcut worked better to take track position, but since Mazepin had older and warmer tyres, he lost the position quickly. Schumacher did the same a few corners later.

Schumacher takes no time in trying to overtake the Russian, already within the back of his car in the following lap to take the provisional race lead in 13th, due to the pit stops. Samaia also starts to lose positions with the alternate strategy since Delétraz and Lundgaard both have softer and newer tyres.

On lap 14, Mazepin takes 10th from Alesi, whilst Schumacher does the same not long after. Lundgaard and Delétraz, a lap later, also repeats what the other two did. Lundgaard manages to get away quite well to take 11th from Schumacher. Alesi, with older tyres, keeps dropping back. Tsunoda and Daruvala follow suit of the four drivers ahead whilst Ilott stays behind. The similar happened to his teammate with Schumacher overtaking Markelov for 10th.

Armstrong pits from 6th to come in, whilst Ghiotto, Alesi and Sato do the same from lower down the grid. A lap later, race leader Drugovich, Shwartzman, Gelael and Markelov do too.

Zhou was now 9 seconds ahead of Aitken, despite neither of them pitting. Everyone from Mazepin, who was in 3rd, and below had all pitted meaning they were going for the long strategy with the overcut. They come into the pits on lap 22, meaning Mazepin now takes provisional race lead.

Aitken struggled to use these tyres to gain an advantage, but Zhou was ready to go. Only a lap later, he already overtook his teammate Ilott and also Daruvala.

Delétraz had taken Schumacher’s position at the end of lap 23, whilst Tsunoda did the same and was challenging the Swiss driver. The battle continued as the Japanese driver takes 4th from the German too and also by the Chinese driver.

Delétraz was now being fought by Tsunoda and a fast Zhou with a tyre advantage. British driver Ilott overtakes his fellow Ferrari Driver Academy teammate Schumacher and now was within reaching distance of Louis.

Drugovich, on more recent tyres than his rivals around him, starts moving up the order: took 8th from Daruvala and 7th from Schumacher within the same lap. Ticktum also takes 9th from Daruvala, now only one position from reverse grid pole.

Zhou caught to the back of Lundgaard with 3 laps to go and made a move stick to take 2nd. Across the line, Tsunoda managed to take the Dane on the line for 3rd.


The feature race results are:
1. Nikita Mazepin
2. Guanyu Zhou
3. Yuki Tsunoda
4. Christian Lundgaard
5. Callum Ilott
6. Louis Delétraz
7. Felipe Drugovich
8. Dan Ticktum
9. Mick Schumacher
10. Nobuharu Matsushita
11. Pedro Piquet
12. Jehan Daruvala
13. Jack Aitken
14. Robert Shwartzman
15. Sean Gelael
16. Marcus Armstrong
17. Luca Ghiotto
18. Artem Markelov
19. Giuliano Alesi
20. Marino Sato
21. Guilherme Samaia
22. DNF Roy Nissany

Sprint Race

The sprint race grid is:
1. Dan Ticktum
2. Felipe Drugovich
3. Louis Delétraz
4. Callum Ilott
5. Christian Lundgaard
6. Yuki Tsunoda
7. Guanyu Zhou
8. Nikita Mazepin
9. Mick Schumacher
10. Nobuharu Matsushita
11. Pedro Piquet
12. Jehan Daruvala
13. Jack Aitken
14. Robert Shwartzman
15. Sean Gelael
16. Marcus Armstrong
17. Luca Ghiotto
18. Artem Markelov
19. Giuliano Alesi
20. Marino Sato
21. Guilherme Samaia
22. Roy Nissany

Off the line, Ticktum and Drugovich get similar starts, meaning the Brit keeps the lead. Lundgaard battles Delétraz for third and manages to keep it stick. Ilott however gets swarmed and moves backwards through the grid. Tsunoda and Ilott battle it out through a corner and unfortunately spun because of contact and is unable to restart the car, ending his race there. For Ilott’s teammate Zhou, he was taking 7th from Schumacher after a successful feature race. Lower down the grid, Gelael takes Armstrong, but with Piquet having a good exit out the corner, Pedro and Sean are now battling side by side until the Indonesian goes wide into the gravel allowing the Brazilian to get ahead.

Lundgaard trails Ticktum by 1.5 seconds. Behind, Ilott, in 5th, is 0.3 seconds behind Drugovich, after pushing because of a potential penalty. The 5 seconds penalty is given a lap later for causing Tsunoda to spin. With the penalty applied, he would be 9th and thus, he was on a mission. Not long after, he takes Drugovich for 4th. At the front, Lundgaard reduced the gap to 1.2 seconds, but it was still not within DRS range.

Chinese driver Zhou took Mazepin and Drugovich for 5th after going three wide down Hangar Straight. A good entry into the corner with excellent acceleration out the corner meant he took the position easily from the Russian and Brazilian.

For championship leader Shwartzman, it was not an enticing weekend. He was battling for 10th against Aitken, which he took, though was still not in the points. For Aitken, the fight wasn’t over. Daruvala was also on the rear wing of his Campos car and was not looking like he was backing down, but with a good defensive line, the Indian was held back.

Armstrong was not having a fun time in the ART car, mentioning to his engineers that his tyres are done. This backs up how unpredictable these new 18-inch rims are for the wheels.

Ilott was on a redemption mission after stalling the car the day before. He overtook Lundgaard and Delétraz easily to take 2nd. He had a 5 second penalty to worry about whilst battling Ticktum ahead. With a 2.5 second gap to the fellow Brit, it was a matter of pushing his Virtuosi car to the limit.

But for Ilott, it didn’t last long. Two laps later, he ran out of talent and lost the car on the kerbs, spinning him round. Unable to restart the car, he stalls meaning he is unable to continue the race. Because of where his car stalled, the safety car was called out to retrieve the stricken black and red car.

With 3 laps to go and a safety car, Lundgaard takes the plunge to pit from 2nd to come out 5th behind Mazepin. Gelael does the same, but with a loose front left wheel, he was forced to retire because of safety precautions.

Green flag came 2 laps after the safey car came out and Lundgaard spent no time in getting the advantage with those tyres. He takes 4th from the Russian and then 3rd from Zhou a lap later. Sitting in 3rd with Delétraz ahead, it didn’t take him long to catch the Swiss driver. A clean overtake and a Swiss driver with race old tyres, he was unable to defend from the Dane and now was third. Lundgaard had 0.9 seconds to catch up to Ticktum on the final lap. However, it was one lap too little for the Danish driver to catch the Brit, allowing him to win. For Zhou, it was an ending to forget. Spinning out from 4th meant he dropped to 9th behind Aitken. On top of this, Daruvala took 4th from Mazepin over the line.

The sprint race results are:
1. Dan Ticktum
2. Christian Lundgaard
3. Louis Delétraz
4. Jehan Daruvala
5. Nikita Mazepin
6. Felipe Drugovich
7. Nobuharu Matsushita
8. Jack Aitken
9. Guanyu Zhou
10. Marcus Armstrong
11. Pedro Piquet
12. Artem Markelov
13. Marino Sato
14. Robert Shwartzman
15. Mick Schumacher
16. Roy Nissany
17. Guilherme Samaia
18. Giuliano Alesi
19. DNF Luca Ghiotto
20. DNF Sean Gelael
21. DNF Callum Ilott
22. DNF Yuki Tsunoda

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