Kimi Antonelli Takes Debut F2 win With Commanding Race in wet Silverstone

Kimi Antonelli Takes Debut F2 win With Commanding Race in wet Silverstone

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Andrea Kimi Antonelli took the chequered flag after a wet race in Silverstone, ahead of Zane Maloney as the top two in the championship crash.

A rolling start  in wet conditions meant that Antonelli was in a great position to pull a gap to Maloney in second. Behind them, Ollie Bearman made minor contact with Gabriel Bortoleto on the opening lap, losing his front wing endplate as a result.

Jak Crawford was noted for forcing another driving off the track. He was battling with Bortoleto throughout the opening laps and pushed him wide. The stewards decided that no further action would be taken.

The Safety Car came out on Lap 4 after a spin for Juan Manuel Correa at Copse. He eventually managed to carry on in the race but the Safety Car changed to a red flag due to the worsening weather conditions.

The race resumed at 13:40 local time and after a few laps behind the Safety Car, Antonelli led another rolling start ahead of Maloney.

Both of Invicta Racing’s drivers, Kush Maini and Bortoleto fought over third place as soon as the green flag was waved. Bortoleto came on the radio to complain about his team mate’s defending.

Championship leader Paul Aron came out of Aintree slow, catching Campos driver, Pepe Martí off guard. Martí ran into the back of slow-moving Aron and was forced to pull over to retire with suspension damage, bringing out the Safety Car.

Meanwhile, his team mate and second in the championship, Isack Hadjar found the barrier at Copse.

During the Safety Car period, Antonelli’s PREMA engineer reported to his leading driver that the rain would start to clear soon.

Antonelli controlled the restart perfectly, keeping behind Maloney for the second time. His team mate further behind, Bearman, almost caused another race stoppage after losing the car at Copse, narrowly missing the wall and managed to continue on in the race, albeit towards the back of the pack.

Bearman eventually retired a couple of laps later, he pulled over to the side of the track in Sector 3 with what looked to be a technical issue.

The two ART Grand Prix team mates came together at Turn 4. The pair were running in the points until Zak O’Sullivan tried to go down the inside of Victor Martins, but was a bit too far behind and he tapped the rear of Martins’ car, causing him to spin and retire from the race.

The Invicta team mates carried on their race long fights throughout the final few laps with Bortoleto chasing Maini for the final step of the podium. They went wheel-to-wheel, even until the line where Bortoleto went airborne over the kerb to take third place from Maini.

Antonelli finished with a healthy margin to championship contender, Maloney to take his first win and first podium in his first season in Formula 2 after a dominant performance in the rain.

Image: Formula Motorsport Limited

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