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Sette Camara wins crazy split-strategy Abu Dhabi feature race

by Josh Suttill

Photo: FIA Formula 2

Sergio Sette Camara sealed his first Formula 2 feature race win with a late move on Louis Deletraz in Abu Dhabi to seal DAMS the teams’ title.

Carlin’s Deletraz stormed from third on the grid to take the lead on the opening lap, going wheel-to-wheel with Sauber junior Callum Ilott through Turn 1 to take the lead.

Ilott had to settle for second while poleman Sette Camara fell to third at the start.

The top three all started on the supersoft compound tyre, which quickly degraded and allowed soft tyre runner Nobuharu Matsushita to charge from fourth into the lead within four laps.

Almost all the drivers who used the supersfoft tyre first pitted at the end of lap six.

This left Carlin’s Matsushita alone up front, with Virtuosi Racing’s Guanyu Zhou chasing him down. The Chinese driver had taken the gap from over six seconds down to just a few inches before Matsushita pitted with four laps to go and came out in third place.

Meanwhile, Sette Camara had caught fellow early pitter Deletraz and passed him for what became the net lead when the top two pitted. Deletraz’s decline continued with Matsushita and Zhou passing him after their pitstops.

Ilott finished fifth, while Zhou’s team-mate Luca Ghiotto tracked down 2020 Williams Formula 1 signing Nicholas Latifi after his late pitstop and passed him for sixth.

There are now eight points separating DAMS’ Latifi, team-mate Sette Camara and Ghiotto in the fight for second in the standings.

Despite a five-second penalty for a infringement of the Virtual Safety Car procedure, Trident driver Giuliano Alesi finished eighth and will start on pole for the sprint race.

Prema’s Mick Schumacher was ninth place for the first time this year, while Nikita Mazepin came from the back of the grid for 10th. His title-winning ART Grand Prix team-mate Nyck de Vries struggled to 13th, just ahead of series debutant Christian Lundgaard (Trident).

Mahaveer Raghunathan was the cause of the VSC after going off in his MP Motorsport-run car, and held the fastest lap early on after starting from the pitlane. He was only racing due to a rulebook technicality, having accumulated enough penalty points for a second race ban.


Race results (31 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 1h02m17.011s
2 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin +5.149s
3 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing +7.765s
4 Louis Deletraz Carlin +10.919s
5 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +15.981s
6 Luca Ghiotto Virtuosi Racing +20.385s
7 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +25.785s
8 Giuliano Alesi Trident +32.249s
9 Mick Schumacher Prema +41.902s
10 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix +48.680s
11 Jack Aitken Campos Racing +49.560s
12 Jordan King MP Motorsport +50.479s
13 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix +53.455s
14 Christian Lundgaard Trident +53.963s
15 Matevos Isaakyan Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +56.593s
16 Tatiana Calderon Arden International +58.602s
17 Sean Gelael Prema +1m02.900s
18 Marino Sato Campos Racing +1m37.470s
Ret Artem Markelov Arden International
Ret Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Zhou, 1m54.077s

Championship standings
1 de Vries 266? ?2 Latifi 200? ?3 Sette Camara 194? ?4 Ghiotto 192? ?5 Aitken 159 ? 6 Matsushita 142? ?7 Zhou 139? ?8 Deletraz 88? ?9 King 79? ?10 Anthoine Hubert 77