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Drugovich takes F2 lead with commanding feature race win

by Jordan Edwards

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Felipe Drugovich has moved into the Formula 2 points lead with victory in the Jeddah feature race.

The MP Motorsport driver started from pole and secured his win over Trident’s Richard Verschoor as the pair pitted for soft compound tyres. Despite Verschoor closing in during the final three laps, Drugovich had enough of a gap to win.

It took two attempts for grid to get away cleanly at the start, with Drugovich cutting across Verschoor to defend the lead.

Liam Lawson overtook Ralph Boschung on the start, then did Marcus Armstrong on the next lap to rise to third. His fellow Red Bull juniors were rising up the order too, with Ayumu Iwasa and Juri Vips demoting Boschung to seventh.

Vips’ first attempted pass on Boschung was at the inside of turn one on lap five, and led to Boschung going into the run-off and staying ahead which earned him a five-second penalty.

Drugovich pitted from the lead on lap nine, while Verschoor went for the overcut. He exited his pitstop side-by-side with Drugovich, whose warmer tyres allowed him to move back ahead.

Lawson’s race came to an end at his pitstop as he was released without the front-left wheel properly attached and therefore had to retire, while Jake Hughes passed Iwasa to add further woe to Red Bull’s battles.

Theo Pourchaire and Jack Doohan, starting from the back of the grid due to issues in qualifying, made early progress with the pair both making up four positions on the first lap. While Doohan’s progress continued and he was able to run a longer first stint on the medium tyres, Pourchaire was forced out of the race with gearbox problems,

Doohan avoided a penalty like Boschung recieved as a battle with Clement Novalak led to him going into the run-off and passing Novalak off-track. He handed the position back, then successfully made the move at turn one a lap later.

Only towards the end did Doohan and Olli Caldwell eventually pit for soft tyres, attempting a four-lap dash to make their way through the field. Doohan took fastest lap, but he was far behind the fights up front as he finished ninth.

Behind the top two, Jehan Daruvala charged from 13th to third and Hughes ended up in fourth while Iwasa faded to seventh behind Dennis Hauger who was another later pitter and able to make up two places in the last few laps.

Hauger and Calan Williams both locked up as they left the pitlane following their stops, with the latter crossing the pit exit line with his mistake and ending up in battle with Novalak for 13th.

On the final lap Frederik Vesti spun out at the first corner, but was already not set to score.

Race result (27 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 47m41.485s
2 Richard Verschoor Trident +2.379s
3 Jehan Daruvala Prema +15.358s
4 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing +19.117s
5 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP +20.595s
6 Dennis Hauger Prema +21.071s
7 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS +27.108s
8 Roy Nissany DAMS +28.428s
9 Jack Doohan Virtuosi +28.861s
10 Juri Vips Hitech GP +32.173s
11 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System +32.647s
12 Logan Sargeant Carlin +37.612s
13 Calan Williams Trident +38.282s
14 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport +42.370s
15 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing +47.601s
16 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing +48.706s
17 Marino Sato Virtuosi +50.384s
18 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix +1 lap
Ret Liam Lawson Carlin
Ret Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix
DNS Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing
DNS Cem Bolukbasi Charouz Racing System
Fastest lap: Doohan, 1m43.098s

Championship standings
1 Drugovich 45   2 Lawson 34   3 Verschoor 32   4 Vips 28   5 Pourchaire 25   6 Daruvala 25   7 Armstrong 20   8 Boschung 17   9 Hughes 12   10 Iwasa 10