Dan Ticktum cruised to a second F2 win of the season in the Monza sprint race, while yesterday’s feature race winner Mick Schumacher made more progress in his title fight with Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman.
Ticktum got into the lead at the start, moving up from second on the grid to pass reverse polesitter Louis Deletraz. Mick Schumacher also got a good start with moves on Luca Ghiotto, Guanyu Zhou and Christian Lundgaard to move from eighth into fifth by the end of the opening lap.
Once in the lead, Ticktum barely had to look back. By the time DRS was enabled he’d already broken more than a second clear of Deletraz, as the Charouz driver fell into the clutches of Ilott. Just after half distance Ilott passed Deletraz into Turn 1, taking second with Ticktum three seconds further up the road.
Deletraz then began slipping back and came under pressure from Lundgaard. The ART had got up into fourth after Schumacher ran wide on lap 8 and Zhou and Yuki Tsunoda both retired with engine problems. On lap 14, Lundgaard then passed Deletraz to get onto the podium for the second time in the Monza weekend.
There was a brief pause to the race on lap 17 when Felipe Drugovich was tipped into a spin at Rettifilo and his beached car warranted a virtual safety car. At the restart two laps later Lundgaard pounced on Ilott coming out of the Parabolica, but Ilott was able to hold the Dane off under braking for Rettifilo and keep second place.
Lundgaard wasn’t close enough to try another move in the final laps and remained third behind Ilott, who crossed the line almost four seconds adrift of race winner Ticktum.
Deletraz eventually dropped to fifth, with Schumacher passing him on lap 20 despite the Prema nursing a huge flat spot since the lap 8 lockup that put him behind Lundgaard. Deletraz came under pressure from the second Prema of Shwartzman before the flag, but managed to keep his Charouz ahead.
Jehan Daruvala finished behind Shwartzman in seventh, and Jack Aitken took the final point in eighth place.
Ilott’s second place means he has regained the championship lead from Shwartzman, while Schumacher moves ahead of the Russian into second. Five points separate Ilott and Schumacher, with just three points between the two Premas.
Full race result:
|2||Callum Ilott||UNI-Virtuosi Racing||12|
|3||Christian Lundgaard||ART Grand Prix||10|
|4||Mick Schumacher (FL)||Prema Racing||10|
|5||Louis Deletraz||Charouz Racing System||6|
|6||Robert Shwartzman||Prema Racing||4|
|8||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||1|
|9||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech Grand Prix|
|12||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport|
|13||Giuliano Alesi||BWT HWA Racelab|
|15||Guilherme Samaia||Campos Racing|
|16||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech Grand Prix|
|17||Artem Markelov||BWT HWA Racelab|
|18||Pedro Piquet||Charouz Racing System|
|19||Marcus Armstrong||ART Grand Prix|
|Ret.||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport|