Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala clinched a dominant victory with a controlled drive in F2’s 2021 Italian Sprint Race Two.
Daruvala made a quick start from second to seize the lead from reverse-pole sitter, David Beckmann and didn’t look back as he sprinted away to his first win of the season.
Beckmann bravely fought Viscaal until a lock-up on Lap 19 saw the German slip to fifth as Bent Viscaal and Robert Shwartzman rounded out the podium, ahead of Liam Lawson.
Juri Vips finished sixth after another lock-up proved costly for the Estonian as he chased a podium finish, with Oscar Piastri and Guanyu Zhou rounding out the top eight finishers although Piastri also picked up two bonus points for the fastest lap.
In the drivers’ standings, Piastri stretched his lead over Zhou to eight points with Shwartzman now 19 points behind Piastri in the title battle.
At lights out, Beckmann tried to cover off Daruvala but the Carlin driver was able to sweep through on the inside of Variante del Rettifilo to take the lead, as he sped off to an unchallenged first victory of 2021.
Vips meanwhile lost third to Viscaal whilst his Hitech GP teammate, Lawson got past Shwartzman for fifth as the top five soon settled into a stable order out in front.
Christian Lundgaard’s hopes of another impressive drive after fighting from 19th to third this morning meanwhile were quickly ended, as he got spun around from behind at Variante della Roggia to drop him out of points contention.
The Virtual Safety Car (VSC) however was deployed on Lap Three after HWA Racelab teammates, Jake Hughes and Alessio Deledda collided at Variante della Roggia, with Hughes retiring on the spot after being spun whilst Deledda finished the race in 19th position.
Once the VSC was withdrawn on Lap Five, Daruvala continued to break away from Beckmann whilst Dan Ticktum made his way up to 13th two laps later.
Shwartzman meanwhile passed Lawson up the inside into Variante del Rettifilo for fifth on Lap Eight, with both drivers quickly demoting Vips down to sixth three laps later.
Piastri meanwhile endured a frustrating opening ten laps stuck behind Pourchaire who had passed the Aussie for seventh into Variante del Rettifilo on Lap Three, yet was able to get past into the same corner on Lap 14 to reclaim seventh which he held to the flag.
Zhou also followed him through three laps later after Pourchaire flat-spotted his tyres into Variante del Rettifilo, Vips, Piastri and Zhou rounding out the top eight in that order.
Up front, Beckmann fended off Viscaal until he suffered a huge lockup at Variante del Rettifilo on Lap 19 which forced him up the escape road, although he made Viscaal fight hard around Curva Grande to claim second.
Shwartzman and Lawson then followed through on inside of Ascari and Parabolica respectively on the penultimate lap, as Beckmann settled for fifth at the checkered flag.
|1||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||21||34m 37.701|
|2||Bent Viscaal||Trident||21||+ 6.114|
|3||Robert Shwartzman||PREMA||21||+ 9.388|
|4||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||21||+ 9.962|
|5||David Beckmann||Campos||21||+ 10.829|
|6||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||21||+ 11.172|
|7||Oscar Piastri||PREMA||21||+ 11.735|
|8||Guanyu Zhou||UNI-Virtuosi||21||+ 12.215|
|9||Ralph Boschung||Campos||21||+ 12.945|
|10||Theo Pourchaire||ART GP||21||+ 15.425|
|11||Dan Ticktum||Carlin||21||+ 15.649|
|12||Lirim Zendeli||MP Motorsport||21||+ 17.800|
|13||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||21||+ 21.707|
|14||Christian Lundgaard||ART GP||21||+ 25.467|
|15||Marcus Armstrong||DAMS||21||+ 26.811|
|16||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz||21||+ 33.214|
|17||Felipe Drugovich||UNI-Virtuosi||21||+ 35.354|
|18||Roy Nissany||DAMS||21||+ 40.049|
|19||Alessio Deledda||HWA Racelab||21||+ 43.472|
|20||Marino Sato||Trident||21||+ 82.126|
|RET||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||2||Collision|