Ollie Bearman wins from pole to take his third victory in FIA Formula 2 as the alternate strategy runners charge through the field.
Bearman narrowly managed to keep Enzo Fittipaldi behind him as the front row of the grid went wheel-to-wheel through Turn 1.
On the long run to the first corner, Jack Doohan lost P3 to Théo Pourchaire and came under pressure by Ayumu Iwasa, but managed to keep the Japanese driver behind.
Frederik Vesti was warned on the radio about his track limits. By Lap 8, he received the black and white flag meaning that if he was to go over the white line again, he would receive a 5 second time penalty.
Pourchaire pitted from third on Lap 10, triggering pit stops for Fittipaldi and Doohan. Bearman did not react to the early pit stops and stayed out until Lap 14.
His extended stint allowed him to build the gap to over 3 seconds to Fittipaldi in net-second place.
The early pit stop from Pourchaire but him closely behind Fittipaldi’s Rodin Carlin. The paired battled through Turn 1, until Fittipaldi pushed his rival to the escape road.
The leading pair on the option strategy all met the back of Kush Maini’s Campos in tenth. This closed the gap between Bearman and Fittipaldi but they still had to find their way through the cars who hadn’t yet pitted.
Victor Martins and Vesti led the alternate strategy runners. Vesti pitted on Lap 25, Martins was able to extend his stint an extra lap, allowing him to keep his position ahead of the PREMA. He came out fifth, behind Doohan.
Martins worked his way to third with an overtake on Iwasa at Turn 1, Vesti tried to overtake the DAMS but ran out of laps, Iwasa’s defence helping him to claim fourth.
Bearman crossed the line to win in the Feature Race. He completes the perfect weekend for PREMA who won both races and took pole position with their drivers.
Fittipaldi also managed to hold off a charging Martins on fresher soft tyres, which allowed him to get the gap down to 6 tenths of a second.
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