Formula 2 Italian Monza Grand Prix 2020

For the first round of the Italian Grand Prix, the drivers are at the iconic track of Monza, following the Formula 1 category. Jüri Vips still takes Sean Gelael’s seat, because of an incident that occured in Barcelona, Spain.

This race summary is for the first round in Italy.

Qualifying

Luca Ghiotto and Marino Sato both went off into turn 1, breaking the bollards that drivers have to weave around, however, this hasn’t hampered the drivers who were already on their qualifying laps. Tsunoda sets the first lap of the session with a 1:32.943, which is already beaten by Lundgaard with a 1:32.296. All this changed when Schumacher goes first with 1:32.277, whilst Daruvala goes 3rd, Mazepin goes 4th and Tsunoda goes 5th. For once, no driver comes out in the middle of the session, but all rather go for the last 10 minutes. Lundgaard retakes pole position for it to be immediately denied by Tsunoda with a 1:31.959. Ilott had the tow from Drugovich to pull the fastest sector two and puts it on provisional pole with a 1:31.929, only 0.03 seconds faster than the Japanese driver. All drivers started their second push lap for their second stint, but it all comes to a close when Schumacher loses it at Ascari and goes into the barriers. The red flag is called but with 2 minutes left on the clock, the session is not restarted, leaving Ilott for his 4th pole of the season.

Matsushita qualified 13th but had a penalty because of the incident back out in Spa feature race, where he couldn’t take it since he was unable to start the race.

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

Feature Race

Ghiotto drops back from the line, whilst Ilott keeps the lead. Lundgaard puts pressure on Tsunoda, whilst Schumacher manages to glide around the outside to take second. The drop from the grid from Tsunoda also happened to his teammate Daruvala, who dropped from 8th, but managed to get his way back up to 10th, fighting with Ticktum for position. Drugovich had a bad start, going from 12th to 18th.

Tsunoda finally manages to get past Ghiotto after losing it at the start to move up to 4th. Nissany is pulling one of his best races yet, fighting with Delétraz for 7th. Zhou picks up two positions, moving past Sato and Piquet for 14th, whilst Shwartzman does the same on Piquet for 16th down the start-finish straight. Unfortunately for Drugovich, he dropped back to 19th, losing 7 positions since the start.

Schumacher already was pressuring Ilott for the lead, whilst Lundgaard follows behind him. Tsunoda uses slip stream to reclaim third from Lundgaard into the first corner. The Dane tried to defend, but Tsunoda had the better line to take it from him. The battle still continued later in the lap, this time, they were joined by Ghiotto. Tsunoda had the better exit out the final corner and retakes 3rd after losing it to the ART and Hitech driver. All three went into turn one side by side, pushing each other and running out of room meaning Ghiotto went wide and had to go around the bollards. This allowed Nissany and Ticktum to both gian on them, which the Israeli driver gets past Ghiotto for 5th.

Armstrong is the first to pit, coming in at the end of lap six, dropping from 12th to the back of the grid. Lundgaard loses 3rd to Tsunoda, whilst Ghiotto gets past Nissany for 5th. Dan Ticktum sees a move on Roy Nissany for 6th, but backs out.

Delétraz and Shwartzman both come into the pits on lap eight, to switch from the softs to mediums. Meanwhile, Zhou makes his way up from 17th to 10th, overtaking Vips. Lundgaard comes in to pit, the first out of the front runners. Drugovich and Sato are fighting for position in 15th, continually switching positions. Unfortunately for Armstrong, he was given a 5 second penalty for forcing Zhou off track earlier in the race.

Ticktum finally gets past Nissany for 5th position. Meanwhile, Zhou has been trying to pass Daruvala, catching him. At the front, Ilott pits from the lead, joined by Tsunoda. Unfortunately for Ilott, he stalls it out of the pit box, putting him into 21st. Schumacher comes into the pits the following lap, coming out 14th, ahead of Lundgaard. Zhou makes his way up to third past Daruvala, whilst Nissany tries to overtake Mazepin, but locks his wheel to push Mazepin into the gravel.

Ghiotto goes from the lead to the pits, leaving Ticktum ahead followed by Zhou. Markelov gets past Matsushita for 7th, but the experienced Japanese driver gets ahead of him by the following corner. Markelov doesn’t back down though because by the following lap, he tries again on Matsushita down into the first corner, but is unable to take the position from him.

Vips makes his way up to 4th, past Nissany and now was 2 seconds behind Daruvala in third. Tsunoda is pushing for the potential podium past Ghiotto, but the Italian driver defends his line to keep the position. Mazepin started to slow down on the straights, signifying an issue, but he gets the car going once again, but dropped down to 19th from 11th.

Markelov and Drugovich pit in for the softs, coming out 20th and 21st. A lap later, Zhou, Daruvala, Aitken, Alesi and Sato all come in as well. Zhou comes out 11th ahead of Ilott, but since the British driver has older and warmed up tyres, he passes him with ease. Ticktum, Vips, Nissany and Matsushita, who sit top 4 respectively, are all yet to pit, running the alternate strategy.

Come to lap 19, everyone but Vips all pit, with Ticktum coming out 9th, ahead of Ilott. Like with Zhou, Ilott overtakes him easily because of the tyre advantage, but now he was within the grasps of Zhou behind. It didn’t take long for the Chinese driver to get past him though and now was on the charge with his Virtuosi teammate ahead.

Vips comes out 13th after the pitstop from the lead, behind Daruvala. Callum Ilott is pushing his car, despite having 9 lap old tyres. He overtakes the Kiwi driver into the first corner, putting him up to 7th. Just a lap later, he gets past Shwartzman too into 6th and now has a 1 second gap to Delétraz in 5th. Once again, into the first corner, he overtakes the Swiss driver, moving up 3 positions in 3 laps. Unfortunately for Armstrong, he loses reverse grid pole to Zhou, dropping him to 9th. After the issue in his car early on in the race, Mazepin retires from the race.

Ticktum makes his way up to 9th past Armstrong and had a 1.6 second gap to Shwartzman in 8th. Delétraz loses 6th to Zhou, putting Virtuosi into 5th and 6th.

Ghiotto had been catching on the back of Lundgaard for laps and once he saw a point where he could overtake into turn one, he takes it from the Dane. He tries to retake it back a few corners later, but locks up to miss out. Behind, Zhou gets past his teammate for 5th, since Ilott’s tyres were falling off in terms of grip. Ticktum manages to pass Shwartzman for reverse grid pole into the first corner and then Delétraz too a lap later.

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

Sprint Race

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

Ticktum had a better start than Delétraz off the line and inherits the race lead into the first corner. Ilott stays fourth ahead of Tsunoda, whilst Zhou and Schumacher go side by side for sixth. The German driver gets ahead of the Chinese. Aitken and Shwartzman were fighting each other for position, but the British driver has a wheel on the grass, meaning he couldn’t slow the car in time for the corner and has to go through the escape road. Meanwhile, Markelov had an issue off the line, putting him in the pits.

Schumacher goes for another move, this time on Lundgaard ahead in 5th, but the Dane keeps the position. Following into the second chicane of the circuit, with more pace, he manages to pull out ahead of Lundgaard. Lower down the grid, Daruvala moves up to 12th, after losing positions at the start, to go up to 13th. Aitken gets past Shwartzman for 9th and now was on the hunt for Ghiotto.

Tsunoda starts to slow down on the straight, like Mazepin the day before. Meanwhile, Aitken is fighting with Ghiotto for 7th into the first corner. The pushing and hsoving allowed Piquet to join in the fight with Daruvala too, dropping Aitken to 11th.

Zhou is catching the back of Lundgaard, though couldn’t make a move on the Dane for the position. It didn’t take long for him to find a spot to overtake, going into the first corner like most drivers. Behind, Shwartzman loses out on 7th to Ghiotto. Tsunoda comes in to retire his car after the earlier issue, but manages to get the car back on track a lap later. Ghiotto comes in to change front wing after the earlier battle, whilst Armstrong comes in to pit for unknown reasons.

Schumacher was gaining on Ilott in 3rd, whilst Zhou was doing the same behind. Into the first corner, Schumacher locks his car up, allowing Zhou and Lundgaard to get past him. All was too well though as Zhou’s car started slowing down with an issue like Tsunoda’s.

Delétraz had been holding onto second for so long, but Ilott had more pace than the Swiss driver and manages to overtake him for second into the first corner, leaving him now in the hands of Lundgaard behind, who had a 2 second gap to close. It was going more disastrous for the experienced driver, now losing 3rd to Lundgaard just two laps later than when the Virtuosi driver did.

Mazepin had been battling Piquet for 11th, though not for any points. He manages to get past the Brazilian though and had a 1.3 second gap to Drugovich in 10th. At the front, Ticktum had a 3 second gap to Ilott in second, completely dominant from the rookie. Meanwhile, Lundgaard had been pushing to catch up to Ilott, moving in to less than a one second gap.

Piquet had contact, causing a damaged front wing. He was given the black and orange flag, signalling that he needed to change it. He drops from 11th to 18th after the stop, coming out behind Ghiotto, who pitted earlier in the race.

The yellow flag was waved, signalling that there was a caution on the track. It was revealed that Drugovich had spun round, trying to fight with Vips and Mazepin. Nissany taps the rear of his car mid corner, spinning him all the way around past the second corner. The Israeli driver was later given a penalty for the incident. Unfortunately for the Brazilian rookie, he was unable to keep the engine going and stalls it, ending his race there. The virtual safety car was brought out so that the marshals can retrieve his car.

Mazepin and Vips fight for 9th, unfortunately not for any points, but they continually kept switching. Mazepin kept out ahead of the Estonian driver, though he still kept behind. At the front, Schumacher manages to overtake Delétraz for 4th, demoting the Swiss driver and now within the grasps of Shwartzman in the train for 2nd.

Post race, Ticktum had to pull over his car since he was running out of fuel left for a fuel sample for the scrutineering due to a fuel leak, as said by the team. Unfortunately, it was not enough and it was announced that he was disqualified for the race, promoting Ilott to 1st, Lundgaard to 2nd and Schumacher to 3rd.

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

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