Formula 2 British R2 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 second round of Silverstone.

Qualifying

Prior qualifying, Sato’s car was on fire in practice. The qualifying session itself was delayed by 15 minutes because of an incident in Formula 1 practice which was the session before the Formula 2 cars.

Lundgaard sets the first fastest lap of the session after the first two runs, with a 1:39.177. He managed to keep this for majority of the session until Ilott took it from him with the fastest sector 2 and 3, completing a lap of 1:39.062.

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

Feature Race

Ilott starts on pole once more for the second time this season. This time, he gets off the grid well and keeps his position ahead of Lundgaard. Ticktum started in 4th and managed to get a nice line out the grid to overtake into turn one. For the Dane, he dropped down to 4th after Aitken and Ticktum had better starts. Ghiotto and Mazepin were fighting for 6th whilst Delétraz stayed behind. Ghiotto lightly hit the rear of Mazepin, allowing the Swiss driver to get ahead. Samaia sent his car into the gravel as well.

Drugovich was trying to overtake Shwartzman for 9th but the Russian closed the door on him, pushing him within reaching distance of Zhou. Zhou took this as an opportunity to gain positions, and thus did so against the Brazilian for 10th. Yuki Tsunoda follows suit and takes 11th too.

At the front, Ticktum was trying to maintain his line and defend against Lundgaard, but was pressured into making a mistake, sending dirt everywhere and also losing a position to the Danish driver. Lundgaard starts challenging for the lead after overtaking Schumacher too. Dan now sets his eyes on the Prema driver in 4th. There was a lot of dives and defends, but the German driver keeps the position ahead of the Briton. Because of this, Mazepin was able to gain time on them and overtook Dan for 5th. Delétraz does the same a lap later, making him drop further. Shwartzman was on the back of the DAMS car and managed to go ahead.

Lundgaard, Aitken and Ghiotto are the first to pit, joined by Ticktum, Tsunoda, Matsushita and Armstrong. Ilott retaliates a lap later to come in from the lead and was joined with Delétraz. The British driver comes out ahead of Lundgaard, meaning he has an advantage since the Dane came out behind. Meanwhile, Schumacher goes the alternate strategy for a long first stint. Mazepin starts gaining on the German driver, but since he is also on the alternate, he stopped to conserve his tyres.

Meanwhile for Ilott, he was overtaking Markelov for 10th and 8th from Alesi since they have not pitted. Callum had way more pace than Lundgaard who sat 9 seconds behind the British driver. The man from Cambridge was on a mission and now took 7th from Roy Nissany. A bit behind them was Delétraz who now was in 12th after making a move on Ticktum. Also, Tsunoda took 14th from Russian driver Markelov. At the front though, Schumacher had a 0.8 second lead against Mazepin.

Schumacher decided it was time to pit on lap 19, coming in from the lead. Shwartzman and Zhou inherit the rest of the podium positions. Nissany and Alesi also follow suit, but much further down the grid. The German driver came out 12th behind Dan Ticktum, meaning he was way behind Ilott who was on course for the win. Mazepin didn’t pit the following lap, keeping out his momentum in front, whilst Drugovich and Daruvala do.

Shwartzman and Zhou now pit in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Zhou comes out in 9th, but was overtaken by Matsushita instantly due to warmer tyres with more grip. Shwartzman comes out in 9th ahead of Nobuharu and now was behind his teammate Schumacher. Mazepin retaliates now, finally pitting on lap 23. During his pitstop, Schumacher takes 7th from Ticktum, putting the Brit into 8th. Mazepin comes out of the pitlane ahead of him, dropping Dan to 8th. Last year’s Formula 3 championship contender Daruvala was fighting for 13th with Formula 2 veteran Ghiotto. He wastes no time in taking 12th either from Ticktum.

Mazepin was catching Schumacher in 6th and now was within DRS distance. Just a few corners later, he was challenging the German for the position. With him using defensive manoeuvres, he was forced wide, but kept his foot on the ground to take the position from him. Meanwhile, in third, Aitken is 4.5 seconds behind Ilott and Lundgaard, whilst Delétraz is 1.2 seconds behind him.

Mazepin manages to take 5th from Tsunoda and was catching on the back of the Swiss driver in the last laps. He sends one with a late brake and manages to take it from him. Tsunoda also took a fancy on 5th, but was unable to unlike Mazepin.

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

Sprint Race

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

Before the race even started, Gelael’s weekend was going from bad to worse. He had to pit during the formation lap to retire due to issues on the car.

Shwartzman was back on pole for the reverse grid after some disappointing results last time out in Silverstone. He manages to maintain the lead off the grid, keeping Schumacher at bay in second. Aitken has a mega start to take 4th from 6th on the grid. Delétraz was challenging Lundgaard for his position. For Mazepin, he had an unfortunate start, where he lost lots of positions in the get away from the grid, however, he wastes no time in trying to get Delétraz. Marcus started in 14th, but had a less eventful start, losing a lot of positions already and dropping to 18th. Piquet behind takes a fancy in gaining a position and does so to take 18th from the Kiwi. Ahead was Nissany, and he tries once again whilst on a momentum, but got spun by him, sending him to the back of the grid.

Meanwhile, Schumacher tries to make a move on his teammate for the lead of the race, but backs off before creating an incident between them. The German driver stays behind his Russian teammate, within DRS distance by 0.5 seconds. Behind the front three was Aitken and Lundgaard. The latter was catching on the British driver to try and take 4th. The Danish driver eventually backed out from the fight to conserve tyres, but this allowed Delétraz to get closer.

Away from the front, championship leader Ilott made a move on Ticktum to claim 9th. Behind them, Ghiotto takes 13th from Markelov. The battle for the lead doesn’t stop, despite Schumacher making a mistake and losing the rear of his car to go wide and lose time to his rival, widening the gap to 1.5 seconds. Delétraz was on the rear of Lundgaard’s ART car in 5th. He seized the opportunity and tried to make a move, but was squeezed out and had to back out. It didn’t discourage the Swiss driver as he tried once more the following lap, eventually making it stick and taking the position from him. Behind them was Nikita Mazepin, who managed to make a send on Zhou with some late braking.

Lundgaard had a train of drivers lining up behind him: Zhou, Mazepin and Ilott. He was being pressurised by them, especially when Zhou tried to take his position, but couldn’t. It was only a few corners later through into Maggots and Becketts did he manage to take 6th. Zhou’s teammate Ilott tried to move up a position by overtaking Mazepin, but since he moved under braking, they came together with a light tap, but he manages to stay ahead. Ticktum follows suit with the same move.

At the front, Shwartzman was telling his team that the rear tyres were going, which meant Schumacher was able to close the gap to less than a second. Tsunoda also was on the rear of the German driver, now both pressuring the Russian rookie driver. Further down the grid, Markelov takes 13th from Drugovich, but it isn’t settled so easily. Drugovich retakes the position from him, for the Brazilian to lose out to the Russian once more. Sato, Alesi and Piquet were all battling for 18th, where Sato and Alesi kept switching positions for 19th and then taking 18th from Piquet.

The gap between the front three runners and fourth was 9 seconds. Meanwhile, Schumacher was now starting to close in on his teammate, now with a gap of 0.7 seconds after knocking off 0.3 seconds off per lap. For 4th, Delétraz wasn’t giving Aitken an easy time, continually challenging him and having to go defensive to make sure he doesn’t overtake. Lundgaard’s tyres weren’t good this weekend, especially the front left, which kept graining constantly. This allowed Ilott to fancy a move on the Dane for 7th position. He locks up allowing the Briton to pass ahead of him.

Unlike in the feature race, Lundgaard’s tyres ended up blistering, leading to loose rubber hitting his front wing and damaging it. He had to pit for new tyres, sending him to the back of the grid.

Schumacher now was 0.2 seconds behind his rookie teammate and was eyeing up first position. He sends a move the following lap for the lead, sending a dive but caught the front wing of the Russian, ruining his race and consequently, went wide since he lost traction. This allowed Tsunoda, who has been sat in third for the entire race, to take the lead of the race. Schumacher was still able to continue to the end of the race but for Shwartzman, he was a sitting duck whilst everyone around him overtook him from 1st to 13th. Behind, Zhou tried to send a move on Delétraz for 4th, but with his defensive driving, he managed to stay ahead.

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

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