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Anthoine Hubert takes first F2 win in ultra-close Monaco finish

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: FIA Formula 2

Anthoine Hubert took his first Formula 2 victory in a photo finish with Louis Deletraz in the Monaco sprint race.

Carlin’s Deletraz pulled alongside Arden driver Hubert on the run to the finish line, and was halfway alongside the leader as they took the chequered flag. The gap after 30 laps was just 0.059 seconds.

After passing the cameoing Artem Markelov on the opening lap, Virtuosi Racing’s Guan Yu Zhou held onto third to complete the podium.

Racing was disrupted by two safety car periods. The first came after Zhou’s team-mate Luca Ghiotto made contact with Hubert’s team-mate Tatiana Calderon, sending her into the wall at Mirabeau.

Hubert made a good getaway on the restart, but his gap was nullified again when Ghiotto this time made contact with Markelov’s MP Motorsport team-mate Mahaveer Raghunathan as he tried to make a move up the inside of the Indian at the hairpin. Both drivers came to a stop on track, bringing out the safety car.

This time Hubert wasn?t able to shake off Deletraz on the restart, and was kept under pressure until the end.

Markelov finished fourth, a long way ahead of Campos Racing’s Dorian Boccocalacci, who led a train of six cars.

The long line of drivers included championship leaders Nicholas Latifi and Nyck de Vries. Seventh place for de Vries netted him two points, and although Latifi was a usually pointless tenth, Prema’s Sean Gelael was not eligible for fastest lap points and so the Canadian inherited them. Latifi’s points lead has been reduced to one point.

Latifi’s DAMS team-mate Sergio Sette Camara narrowly beat de Vries to sixth place.


Race results (30 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Anthoine Hubert Arden International 44m23.388s
2 Louis Deletraz Carlin +0.059s
3 Guan Yu Zhou Virtuosi Racing +0.922s
4 Artem Markelov MP Motorsport +2.459s
5 Dorian Boccolacci Campos Racing +13.689s
6 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS +16.322s
7 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix +16.952s
8 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix +17.337s
9 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin +18.770s
10 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +19.335s
11 Mick Schumacher Prema +21.559s
12 Juan Manuel Correa Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +22.639s
13 Jack Aitken Campos Racing +23.284s
14 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +24.813s
15 Sean Gelael Prema +1 lap
Ret Giuliano Alesi Trident
Ret Ralph Boschung Trident
Ret Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport
Ret Luca Ghiotto Virtuosi Racing
Ret Tatiana Calderon Arden International
Fastest lap: Gelael, 1m23.318s

Championship Standings
?Latifi 94? ?2 de Vries 94? ?3 Ghiotto 67? ?4?Aitken 62? ?5?Zhou 54? ?6 Sette Camara 52? ?7 Hubert 46? ?8 Deletraz 34? ?9 Boccolacci 32? ?10?Matsushita 26