Formula Two Feature Race: Oscar Piastri wins in Monza

Prema’s Oscar Piastri got his redemption for the events in Silverstone as the F2 rookie took the feature race win to extend his lead in the drivers championship.

While the top seven ran with the soft compound tyres, Carlin’s Dan ticktum was the leading runner on the alternate strategy, starting on the medium compound.

It was a well-behaved getaway from the field when the lights went out as the pack worked their way around the del Rettifilo chicane. However, at the second Lesmo, Charouz Racing’s Guilherme Samaia lost control of his car and couldn’t get it going. The Virtual Safety Car was then deployed, on the second lap, but it was then upgraded to a full safety car.

The Mercedes AMG safety car finally peeled away back into the pit lane at the end of the fourth lap and Prema’s Oscar Piastri managed to stay ahead of his championship rival, Uni-Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou, into the first chicane. On the restart, Hitech’s Liam Lawson managed to steal P2 from Zhou as he overtook the Uni-Virtuosi driver on the outside line of the della Roggia chicane.

Ralph Boschung, Campos, became the first driver to make his mandatory pit stop as the Swiss driver changed his soft tyres for the medium set. However, the campos driver was hindered by a slow stop.

Juri Vips, Hitech, became the second driver to retire from the race as he seemed to have mechanical issues on lap 8. Ticktum was lucky to escape without damage as he rear-ended the Hitech driver at the della Roggia.

The full safety car was deployed as Vips car was stopped on track, as a result the soft-tyre runners came in to take their mandatory stop. However, drama continued under the safety car as Trident’s Marino Sato came to a stop on the first corner run-off as he suffered from technical issues on lap 10.

At the end of the 10th lap, the safety car was recalled to the pits and Ticktum got the race back underway. Tensions were hot between Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala and Zhou as the Carlin cut the della Roggia chicane and returned ahead of the Uni-Virtuosi. Daruvala didn’t give back the position until the pit straight but the Indian driver managed to regain it into the Rettifilo chicane, a lap later. As the duo went wheel-to-wheel into the Roggia chicane Zhou was pushed onto the run-off and had to cut the chicane.

Enzo Fittipaldi, Charouz Racing, was given a five second time penalty for an unsafe release in the pit lane.

On lap 22, with eight laps left to go, Ticktum remained out in front after the earlier safety car period with Piastri yet to inherit the race lead once the Briton takes his pit stop.

Lawson slowed on the pit straight as a fire estingiusher went off in the Hitech’s car, on the 22nd lap. The safety car was then deployed for a third time. This allowed Ticktum to get in to take his stop and return to the track with the quicker, soft compound tyres and filtered in behind Boschung in P11.

The safety car period ended on the 24th lap and the championship leader, Piastri led the pack around the Curva Albareto, formerly known as Curva Parabolica, ahead of his championship rival Zhou. Into the Roggia chicane, Zhou and Piastri were side-by-side but the Prema driver remained out in front despite the defensive move from the Uni-Virtuosi.

With the quicker, softer rubber, Ticktum cut this way back through the field after returning to the P11 under the safety car period and worked his way back up into the podium positions. However, as Ticktum cut the Roggia chicane, on lap 25, the Briton was put under investigation for not following the race directors instructions, but no further action was required.

After contact was made between Trident’s Bent Viscal and Campos’ David Beckmann, the safety car was deployed on the penultimate lap to make its final appearance of the F2 feature race. As the pack followed the safety car past the chequered flag, Piastri took the race win in Monza followed by Zhou and Ticktum, respectively.

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