Fittipaldi Wins in Spa as Head Rest Drama Sees Daruvala Retire From the Lead

Fittipaldi Wins in Spa as Head Rest Drama Sees Daruvala Retire From the Lead

Fittipaldi Wins in Spa as Head Rest Drama Sees Daruvala Retire From the Lead

Enzo Fittipaldi takes his first FIA Formula 2 win in Spa with a late overtake on Richard Verschoor.

Jehan Daruvala led the pack into La Source from reverse grid pole. In P2 on the grid was Verschoor who had a poor getaway but just managed to keep the position ahead of Fittipaldi.

Daruvala’s race came to a fast and unlucky end after an issue with the head rest saw him retire from lead on Lap 2. The head rest came loose throughout Sector 2 before it eventually fell off on at the final chicane, forcing him to come into the pits to retire his MP Motorsport car.

Joshua Mason received a drive-through penalty for a starting infringement after stalling on the grid before the Formation Lap and not following the correct procedure. The PHM driver made his debut this weekend, replacing Brad Benavides.

The Safety Car was brought out to recover a stricken Amaury Cordeel after he spun on the second lap of the race and stalled his Virtuosi car.

Further back, Ayumu Iwasa and Ollie Bearman had an incredible battle for tenth position. Iwasa came out ahead as the pair went wheel-to-wheel throughout Les Combes.

Iwasa continued his charge forward and looked extremely quick throughout the Sprint Race. He started 16th after a disappointing Qualifying session which was ruined by a late arrival of rain but managed to overtake enough cars to put himself into the points by the end of the race.

Bearman and Arthur Leclerc made contact at Malmedy. Both drivers were able to continue in the race without damage but tomorrow’s pole-sitter, Bearman, lost multiple positions when he ran wide after Leclerc’s front wing clipped his rear tyre.

The gap to the lead closed for Fittipaldi with only three laps to go. A mistake from Verschoor put Fittipaldi almost alongside him on the Kemmel Straight. It wasn’t meant to be on Lap 15 but one lap later Fittipaldi made the move and took the lead on the penultimate lap at Les Combes.

Championship leader, Frederik Vesti fell down the order in the closing stages of the race, he was passed by both Alpine Academy drivers, Victor Martins and Jack Doohan after his tyres seemingly lost their grip.

He also had to hold off a charging Iwasa on the final lap. Vesti kept seventh place as they crossed the finish line but the move will more than likely go to the stewards since he had to go off the circuit to keep the position.

The stewards will decide if he was forced off the track by Iwasa so keep your eyes insideF2’s Twitter once that has been investigated!

In the end, it was Fittipaldi who took the chequered flag in Spa after an overtake on Verschoor in the final stages. They will be joined on the podium by Théo Pourchaire, who managed to hold off Dennis Hauger who was on the ART’s rear-wing for the majority of the race.

Image: Formula Motorsport Limited

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