Only half a lap would be completed in a weather-affected FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race in Zandvoort. A big crash and relentless rain led to the right decision that after a lengthy red flag period, the race would not be resumed.
Heavy rain meant that the race would be started behind the Safety Car, which brought the total number of laps down to just 28.
An issue for Théo Pourchaire before the formation lap resulted in him starting at the back of the grid instead of reverse-grid pole, which he earned on Friday in Qualifying. The ART mechanics did a great job to get the car ready for the start of the race.
Isack Hadjar led the pack away under rolling start conditions, but it wasn’t long until the red flag was flown.
A huge crash for Jak Crawford, Ralph Boschung and Kush Maini saw all three of them retire from the Sprint.
Crawford ran wide and onto the grass and was followed by Maini behind. Crawford was lucky to avoid any further contact but Maini was hit by his team mate when he spun back on to the track.
Boschung’s Campos ended up underneath Maini’s and the red flag was waved to ensure all drivers were okay and that the damage could be cleared efficiently. Thankfully, all drivers involved were able to get out of the car, but Boschung left limping.
In the middle of the 2022 F2 season, Boschung revealed he had been struggling with Facet Syndrome, which affects his back and a crash in Imola that year saw him miss multiple rounds.
The heavy rain didn’t hold off and after the first red flag, the cars went back on track, but it was decided that the conditions were nowhere near suitable for safe racing.
Hadjar did technically win the race ahead of Victor Martins but since there were only seven corners of green flag racing, no points would be awarded.
Tomorrow, Crawford starts on pole for the first time in his F2 career and many drivers, such as championship leader, Théo Pourchaire will run out of position.
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