Juri Vips Clinches Second Baku Victory in 2021 Azerbaijan Feature Race

Juri Vips clinched his second victory in Baku after taking the Feature Race win ahead of Oscar Piastri and Robert Shwartzman.

Vips got a bright start from second to take the lead from his Hitech GP teammate and pole-sitter, Liam Lawson and led until he pitted on lap six before overtaking Oscar Piastri for the win who leapfrogged him in the pit stops.

Piastri clung onto second at the flag ahead of PREMA teammate, Robert Shwartzman after being slapped with a five second time penalty for an unsafe release from his pit stop.

Felipe Drugovich and Ralph Boschung finished fourth and fifth ahead of Lawson, who was hit with a 10 second time penalty at his pit stop after forcing Theo Pourchaire into the pit exit at the start of the race.

Jehan Daruvala finished seventh ahead of Carlin teammate, Dan Ticktum who executed a two stop strategy en route to eighth, having been caught up in a first lap collision which eliminated Theo Pourchaire and Marcus Armstrong with the Brit controversially handed a 10s time penalty by the stewards.

Christian Lundgaard and Lirim Zendeli rounded out the top ten as championship leader, Guanyu Zhou struggled to a 13th placed finish.

Zhou consequently saw his 23 point lead in the title race cut down by Piastri to just five points as Shwartzman climbed to third, ahead of Vips and Ticktum with the top five now split by just 18 points after three rounds of the 2021 season.

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The original start was aborted after Jack Aitken and Campos’ Matteo Nannini both stalled their cars with Nannini ultimately unable to take any part in the race, whereas Aitken was eventually able to get his HWA Racelab going as he joined at the back of the queue once the race started.

When the lights finally went out, Vips made a clean getaway to cut across Lawson to lead into Turn One whilst his teammate aggressively fended off fourth placed Pourchaire by forcing him across into the pit exit.

Pourchaire’s race however ended that same lap after he went three abreast into Turn Three with Ticktum on the inside and Armstrong to his outside, first making contact with Armstrong which sent him across into Ticktum with contact propelling his ART GP car to shun Armstrong into the barriers and bring out a Safety Car.

Ticktum recovered to the pits to change his front wing in an unofficial stop which left him leading the race once everyone else apart from Aitken had made their mandatory official stops, as stewards controversially pinned the blame for the incident on him with a 10s time penalty for his mandatory stop.

Pourchaire meanwhile retired in the pitlane with damage and potential damage to his hand from the collision.

Once racing resumed, Vips led Lawson until he pitted at the end of lap six with Lawson and Piastri pitting a lap later, which briefly enabled Piastri to leapfrog Vips for the net lead until the Estonian got past into Turn One on the next lap.

MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor meanwhile misjudged his braking into the first corner on lap seven which sent him ploughing into his Dutch compatriot and Trident driver, Bent Viscaal who escaped with a spin and re-joined the race as both drivers finished outside of the points.

Up front, Ticktum led Aitken from lap 10 until the end of lap 21 as majority of field focused on managing the degradation of their medium tyres, whilst Piastri was hit with a five second time penalty on lap 14 for his unsafe release ahead of Felipe Drugovich.

Vips meanwhile found himself impeded by Alessio Deledda on lap 18 which allowed Piastri to close in, although the Alpine junior driver wasn’t able to get close enough to make an overtake throughout the remainder of the race.

Ticktum meanwhile pitted from the lead at the end of lap 21 and re-joined in 11th with Aitken pitting a lap later, before Drugovich passed Boschung on lap 24 for fourth place.

Ticktum made the final notable move of the race on lap 26 as he dived up the inside of David Beckmann and Christian Lundgaard for eighth, with Beckmann ultimately running out of tyre life at the flag as Zendeli snatched the final point.

Vips took the flag just 1.152s ahead of Piastri who had his five second time penalty added on post race to officially classify him as finishing 6.152s behind yesterday’s second Sprint Race winner.

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Juri Vips Hitech GP 29 57m 08.634
2 Oscar Piastri PREMA 29 + 6.152
3 Robert Shwartzman PREMA 29 + 12.623
4 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 29 + 22.400
5 Ralph Boschung Campos 29 + 24.418
6 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 29 + 26.207
7 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 29 + 28.081
8 Dan Ticktum Carlin 29 + 29.801
9 Christian Lundgaard ART GP 29 + 34.058
10 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 29 + 36.167
11 Jack Aitken HWA Racelab 29 + 36.933
12 David Beckmann Charouz 29 + 39.973
13 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 29 + 47.934
14 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 29 + 48.794
15 Marino Sato Trident 29 + 55.485
16 Roy Nissany DAMS 29 + 55.825
17 Bent Viscaal Trident 29 + 56.970
18 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 28 + 1 Lap
19 Guilherme Samaia Charouz 28 + 1 Lap
RET Theo Pourchaire ART GP 0 Collision
RET Marcus Armstrong DAMS 0 Collision
DNS Matteo Nannini Campos 0 Mechanical

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