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Pourchaire becomes F2’s youngest ever winner in Monaco feature race

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Theo Pourchaire became Formula 2’s youngest ever race-winner with victory from pole in the Monaco feature race.

The ART Grand Prix driver was in control the entire race, only dropping out of the lead during the pitstop stages.

His only challenge came early in the race, when Robert Shwartzman kept the poleman under pressure, but it wasn’t long before Pourchire managed to shake off the Prema driver and extend a gap to the rest of the field.

That gap was only extended when a problem during Shwartzman’s pitstop dropped him out of contention for the race lead.

The second half of the race was riddled with Virtual Safety Car periods, but Pourchaire edged out a gap between the caution periods to finish 2.894 seconds ahead of Prema’s Oscar Piastri in second. Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich completed the podium.

It was a more eventful race for Piastri, who came under pressure from Dan Ticktum after his mandatory pit stop. A lock up allowed Ticktum to get alongside and the Carlin driver tried to go around the outside at Rasecass, but was instead edged into the wall.

Piastri continued and no further action was deemed necessary by the stewards, but he couldn’t close in on Pourchaire.

It was the second similar incident to occur during the race. Only a handful of laps earlier, DAMS’ Marcus Armstrong had been forced into the wall while battling with Hitech GP’s Juri Vips. This time the two made contact, and Vips was handed a five-second penalty while Armstrong retired.

The only driver other than Pourchaire to lead was Guanyu Zhou, running on the alternate strategy. Zhou stayed out later than anybody, pitting on lap 37 of 42. He emerged in fourth, having started the race from 10th, but was overtaken by team-mate Felipe Drugovich while he was still trying to get his tyres up to temperature.

Zhou then came under pressure from Ralph Boschung, but Boschung’s tyres were at the end of their life. The Campos driver himself came under pressure from Hitech’s Liam Lawson and Vips behind him, but managed to keep them at bay for sixth.

Roy Nissany couldn’t get close enough to Vips to benefit from his time penalty and finished ninth while MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor took the final point after Pourchaire’s team-mate Christian Lundgaard was penaised.

Race results (42 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1h01m02.089s
2 Oscar Piastri Prema +2.894s
3 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi +14.261s
4 Robert Shwartzman Prema +17.910s
5 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi +24.130s
6 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing +30.693s
7 Liam Lawson Hitech GP +31.288s
8 Juri Vips Hitech GP +37.051s
9 Roy Nissany DAMS +46.563s
10 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +49.513s
11 Bent Viscaal Trident +51.380s
12 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix +52.966s
13 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System +55.834s
14 Marino Sato Trident +1m11.237s
15 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System +1 lap
16 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing +1 lap
17 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab +1 lap
18 Jack Aitken HWA Racelab +2 laps
Ret Dan Ticktum Carlin
Ret Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport
Ret Marcus Armstrong DAMS
Ret Jehan Daruvala Carlin
Fastest lap: Zhou, 1m21.912s

Championship standings

1 Zhou 68   2 Piastri 52   3 Pourchaire 47   4 Ticktum 38   5 Lawson 36   6 Shwartzman 30   7 Daruvala 29   8 Drugovich 29   9 Verschoor 23   10 Vips 22