Verschoor Sees Victory In Saudi Arabian Sprint

Verschoor Sees Victory In Saudi Arabian Sprint

Richard Verschoor Sees Victory In Saudi Arabian Formula Sprint Race

Richard Verschoor claimed his fourth Formula 2 win, taking victory in the Saudi Arabian Sprint Race. The Dutchman was joined by Dennis Hauger and Paul Aron, who also claimed fastest lap of the race, on the podium.

Following the news of Ollie Bearman’s F1 debut, Aron took pole for the Saudi Arabian Sprint Race. He lined up alongside Verschoor to complete the first row of the grid.

After a struggle to get off the line, Antonelli made contact with Crawford in the first sequence of corners, both cars picking up minor damage. Meanwhile, Martins was forced to retire due to making contact with the wall when battling alongside Maini and Hauger.

A safety car deployment meant both  Zak O’Sullivan and Franco Colapinto could re-join the back of the pack. The Williams juniors had both stalled on the line, being pushed back into the pit lane to be restarted.

Once racing resumed, the fight for first continued, with the top three running closely. However, during Lap 8, Verschoor made a late move to take first from Aron.

The safety car was brought out once again on Lap 10 for Cordeel, who suffered a spin and was left stopped in the middle of the track. The Hitech driver managed to rotate the car but failed to keep the car running.

PHM teammates battled closely once the green flag was waved, running side by side throughout Lap 13. Dürksen was then forced to defend to cars behind due to making slight contact with an inside wall during the close battle.

As the final five laps began, the DAMS of Crawford made his way past the Rodin Motorsport car of Zane Maloney.

The yellow flags were waved on Lap 16 when Juan Manuel Correa clipped the wall at Turn 22, damaging his front wing and leaving debris on the racing line throughout the high-speed corners. The VSC was shortly deployed the next lap, but ended swiftly after.

Drivers throughout the field began to battle once again in the closing stages, with Antonelli pushing his Prema car to the limits. After Aron narrowly lost out on DRS, Hauger made his way past to claim second position.

Isack Hadjar slowed on Lap 19 but managed to safely make it back into the pits to retire.

The drivers will once again take to the Saudi Arabian circuit tomorrow for the Feature Race at 13:25 GMT.

Image: Formula Motorsport Limited

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