O’Sullivan Gains 14 Positions to win F2 Feature Race

O’Sullivan Gains 14 Positions to win F2 Feature Race


Zak O’Sullivan wins the FIA Formula 2 Feature Race in Monaco from 15th with a well timed Virtual Safety Car, ahead of disappointed Isack Hadjar.

Richard Verschoor led his first F2 race from pole with a perfect start ahead of Hadjar. Victor Martins started second on the grid but dropped down to P14 after a bad start.

DAMS’ Jak Crawford was the first retiree of the race after contact with Kush Maini at the hairpin caused him to hit the wall. Stewards concluded no further action.

Paul Aron set a string of fastest laps during the opening stages of the race. He sat third before the pit stops behind Hadjar but struggled to find a way through.

Race leader, Verschoor came on the radio on Lap 19 to report an issue with his car. His gap to Hadjar dropped from 3 seconds down to 0.4 seconds. The issue seemingly corrected itself but not completely. He managed to temporarily stay in the lead but was losing a lot of time on the start finish straight.

Aron was the first of the frontrunners to pit for fresh tyres on Lap 22, he was followed by Kimi Antonelli who had been chasing Franco Colapinto for fourth.

Out of the pits, Antonelli was greeted by his PREMA team mate, Ollie Bearman and the pair fought hard throughout the first sector for position but Bearman came out ahead.

Verschoor eventually pitted on Lap 23 and came out ahead of Hadjar until one lap later. Still carrying an issue with his Trident, he struggled down the main straight for power, making him a sitting duck. He retired on Lap 30 after serving a 5 second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

Starting from 12th, Bearman benefitted massively from Verschoor’s misfortune. PREMA chose to pit him while the front pack were going slowly, allowing him to undercut his way to net third place. Also gaining was Juan Manuel Correa who followed him closely, but ultimately couldn’t pass.

O’Sullivan led the race having not pitted and waited until Lap 40/42 to make his mandatory pit stop. O’ Sullivan struck gold when Josh Dürksen made heavy contact with Zane Maloney on the pit exit, bringing out the Virtual Safety Car.

Since he pitted before the VSC was thrown (by seconds) , it still counted as his mandatory pit stop, giving him the lead of the race.

A frustrated Hadjar was close behind him once the VSC was pulled, but O’Sullivan’s fresher tyres gave him the advantage he needed to take the chequered flag.

With that, Aron now leads the drivers’ standings ahead of Maloney after five consistent opening rounds.

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