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Fittipaldi beats Verschoor to take first F2 win at Spa

by Peter Allen

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency / Red Bull Content Pool

Enzo Fittipaldi scored his first Formula 2 win after passing Richard Verschoor on the penultimate lap of the Spa-Francorchamps sprint race.

Jehan Daruvala led initially from reversed-grid pole position but had to pit to retire on lap three after his headrest came completely loose and flew out of the car at the Bus Stop chicane.

Fellow front-row starter Verschoor inherited the lead and quickly pulled away following a safety car, building a gap of over two seconds over Fittipaldi.

But Carlin driver Fittipaldi appeared to manage the medium tyres better and rapidly closed back in on Van Amersfoort Racing’s Verschoor in the second half.

Heading into the final two laps, the Red Bull junior got a great run onto the Kemmel straight and could charge past Verschoor for the lead before they got to Les Combes.

Championship rivals Theo Pourchaire and Frederik Vesti both made rocketing starts from sixth and ninth on the grid respectively, to sit third and fourth after Daruvala’s retirement.

Neither had the pace to challenge for the win though. Pourchaire did hold on to complete the podium ahead of Dennis Hauger, but Vesti faded and was passed by Victor Martins and Jack Doohan before the end.

From 16th on the grid, Ayumu Iwasa also launched a late bid to pass Vesti, arriving into the Bus Stop for the final time all locked up. Vesti was forced off track on the exit, where he accelerated back ahead to keep seventh place.

The race start was delayed after debutant Josh Mason had stalled at the beginning of the formation lap, and then driven all the way around to the pits once pushed away by the marshals. He was given a drive-through penalty for this infringement.

Race result (17 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 37m30.579s
2 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing +2.309s
3 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix +5.125s
4 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport +5.903s
5 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix +6.710s
6 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing +12.784s
7 Frederik Vesti Prema +15.333s
8 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS +15.521s
9 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing +16.250s
10 Arthur Leclerc DAMS +18.454s
11 Zane Maloney Carlin +22.825s
12 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP +23.064s
13 Ollie Bearman Prema +26.037s
14 Roy Nissany PHM by Charouz +26.996s
15 Jak Crawford Hitech GP +27.618s
16 Roman Stanek Trident +29.205s
17 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing +31.363s
18 Clement Novalak Trident +55.688s
19 Kush Maini Campos Racing +57.434s
20 Josh Mason PHM by Charouz +1m42.400s
Ret Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport
Ret Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing
Fastest lap: Verschoor, 2m03.194s

Championship standings
 Vesti 155   2 Pourchaire 148   3 Iwasa 133   4 Martins 109   5 Doohan 103   6 Bearman 94   Verschoor 85   8 Fittipaldi 82   9 Hauger 81   10 Maloney 66