Renault junior, Christian Lundgaard took a maiden F2 win in the 2020 Styrian Sprint race, dominating from DAMS’ Dan Ticktum who finished second ahead of Marcus Armstrong.
Ticktum made the perfect start from reverse pole whilst Lundgaard leapt from third to second into turn one, passing ART GP teammate – Marcus Armstrong and set about chasing down Ticktum.
Lundgaard soon grabbed the lead from the British driver with a late lunge up the inside of turn three, before quickly building up a solid lead which he held until the end to clinch his first F2 victory as a rookie.
Speaking post race on his victory after blowing a potential late push for the podium yesterday, Lundgaard said; “Good day today with the race win. Yesterday I ruined it a bit more myself by taking a trip through the gravel.
“To be on the podium with Marcus (Armstrong) is good. I am here now though and I am happy.”
Ticktum nailed the start to comfortably lead from Lundgaard who took advantage of Armstrong’s slow getaway to climb into second, whilst yesterday’s race winner – Robert Shwartzman spun and stalled on exit of first corner to end his race prematurely.
Shwartzman’s Prema teammate, Mick Schumacher made a great start to get himself into fourth, as he begun to slowly reel in Armstrong until his fire extinguisher went off on lap 12 which ended his race as he retired in the pits.
Armstrong then went unchallenged for the final podium spot until the end despite a late charge from the Uni-Virtuosi pair of Guanyu Zhou and Callum Ilott, with the trio separated by just 1.308s at the flag.
Jack Aitken, Sean Gelael and Nikita Mazepin round out the points finishers, with all three drivers benefitting from Yuki Tsunoda’s retirement on lap nine with a technical issue.
In terms of the championship, Shwartzman still leads the standing with 48 points heading into Hungary ahead of Lundgaard, who leapfrogs Ilott into second by virtue of his win on 43 points apiece.
Ticktum improved to fourth in the standings with 36 points ahead of Armstrong who rounds out the top five on 34 points.
|1||Christian Lundgaard||ART GP||28||36m 51.582|
|2||Dan Ticktum||DAMS||28||+ 2.063|
|3||Marcus Armstrong||ART GP||28||+ 10.226|
|4||Guanyu Zhou||Uni-Virtuosi||28||+ 10.944|
|5||Callum Ilott||Uni-Virtuosi||28||+ 11.534|
|6||Jack Aitken||Campos||28||+ 20.458|
|7||Sean Gelael||DAMS||28||+ 22.955|
|8||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech GP||28||+ 23.632|
|9||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||28||+ 24.180|
|10||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech GP||28||+ 27.770|
|11||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||28||+ 28.392|
|12||Louis Deletraz||Charouz||28||+ 29.247|
|13||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||28||+ 32.770|
|14||Pedro Piquet||Charouz||28||+ 34.113|
|15||Giuliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||28||+ 41.821|
|16||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||28||+ 49.240|
|17||Guilherme Samaia||Campos||28||+ 50.818|
|18||Roy Nissany||Trident||28||+ 1m 11.311|