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Ghiotto wins F2 farewell in Abu Dhabi, Latifi clinches runner-up position

by Peter Allen

Photo: FIA Formula 2 / LAT Images

Luca Ghiotto won on his final Formula 2 start in the season-ending sprint race in Abu Dhabi, though he couldn’t stop Formula 1-bound Nicholas Latifi securing second in the championship.

Eight points separated Latifi, feature race winner Sergio Sette Camara and Ghiotto coming into the race, and Latifi made a poor start from second on the grid to let Ghiotto through.

Giuliano Alesi led from reversed-grid pole and opened up an advantage of 1.5 seconds over Ghiotto in the early laps, but Ghiotto closed up on lap eight of 22 and immediately took the lead into Turn 11.

Latifi also got past Alesi two laps later but couldn’t do anything about Ghiotto, who took the win by seven second after two late virtual safety car periods.

Sette Camara completed a fine weekend by charging through to third place from eighth on the grid, overtaking Callum Ilott on the penultimate lap.

Ghiotto’s win still allowed him to edge Sette Camara for third in the championship by three points, with a fastest lap for Latifi giving him second by seven points.

Alesi had held off Sette Camara until lap 16 when he locked up and ran wide at Turn 1, allowing the DAMS driver to get a run into Turn 8.

Fifth was still Alesi’s best F2 result to-date, as he beat the Carlin duo of Louis Deletraz and Nobuharu Matsushita. After a strong start from seventh, Matsushita was ahead of his team-mate until one lap from the end.

Jack Aitken snatched the final point from Mick Schumacher on the last lap but both were penalised for leaving the track to gain an advantage and a VSC infringement respectively, promoting Guanyu Zhou and Jordan King to eighth and ninth.

Christian Lundgaard finished his debut F2 weekend with a 12th place ahead of champion Nyck de Vries, whose anonymous farewell event continued.

While Artem Markelov retired with a gearbox problem in Arden’s final race following 23 years at this level, Sean Gelael’s last race for Prema ended when he pulled over to trigger the first VSC.

The second came shortly afterwards when Matevos Isaakyan was spun around racing side-by-side with fellow Russian Nikita Mazepin, who retired with damage but earned a 10-second time penalty regardless.


Race results (22 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Luca Ghiotto Virtuosi Racing 44m22.552s
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +7.274s
3 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS +10.235s
4 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +16.106s
5 Giuliano Alesi Trident +17.273s
6 Louis Deletraz Carlin +19.451s
7 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin +28.230s
8 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing +29.112s
9 Jordan King MP Motorsport +31.532s
10 Jack Aitken Campos Racing +32.075s
11 Mick Schumacher Prema +33.578s
12 Christian Lundgaard Trident +37.018s
13 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix +40.436s
14 Tatiana Calderon Arden International +43.149s
15 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport +52.593s
16 Marino Sato Campos Racing +59.719s
17 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix
Ret Matevos Isaakyan Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
Ret Sean Gelael Prema
Ret Artem Markelov Arden International
Fastest lap: Latifi, 1m55.526s

Championship standings
1 de Vries 266? ?2 Latifi 214? ?3 Ghiotto 207? ?4 Sette Camara 204? ?5 Aitken 159? ?6 Matsushita 144? ?7 Zhou 140? ?8 Deletraz 92? ?9 King 79? ?10 Anthoine Hubert 77