Silverstone F2: Mazepin charges to maiden victory

Rachit Thukral
·3-min read

Felipe Drugovich qualified on pole position but made a sluggish start on hard tyres, allowing Prema's Mick Schumacher to immediately sprint into the lead from third on the grid.

However, Schumacher’s stint at the front was short-lived as Mazepin passed him around the outside of Stowe to snatch the top spot.

Both Mazepin and Schumacher pitted together at the end of Lap 8 to get rid of their medium tyres, while Drugovich, Guanyu Zhou - who had made his way up the pack from eighth - and Jack Aitken stayed out having started on hards.

As the race progressed, the momentum started shifting towards the soft tyre-starters, even though they lost a considerable chunk of time in traffic.

Indeed, when Drugovich entered the pits for his mandatory stop at the end of lap 19, he emerged on track in 12th place, 18 seconds behind Mazepin.

The Hitech GP driver cruised to the finish line from there on, finishing 5.3s clear of second-placed Zhou.

Unlike Drugovich, Renault junior Zhou was able to make the alternative strategy work, waiting until lap 22 to make his pitstop.

That gave him seven laps to recover lost ground on medium tyres, the Virtuosi driver passing Christian Lundgaard with two laps to go to claim second.

Red Bull junior Yuki Tsunoda secured the final spot on the podium after overtaking struggling ART driver Lundgaard on the last lap.

Meanwhile, Callum Ilott completed a heroic drive from the pitlane to finish just over 2.5s seconds behind Lundgaard in fifth.

The UNI-Virtuosi driver had originally qualified on the front row for the Silverstone feature race, but a stall on the formation lap meant his car had to be wheeled back to the pitlane.

But Ilott was on the pace immediately, jumping up to 14th in the first five laps before making further inroads to to secure his fifth top-five result of the year.

Louis Deletraz was classified sixth in the lead Charouz car, ahead of MP Motorsport's Drugovich, who had to settle for seventh after starting from pole.

DAMS driver Dan Ticktum charged through the field in the few laps to finish eighth and secure the reverse grid pole for Sunday’s sprint race, ahead of Schumacher, who fell down the order with excessive tyre wear.

MP Motorsport’s Nobuharu Matsushita crossed the finishing line in 10th to claim his first points finish since the season opener in Austria in July.

Prema driver Robert Shwartzman, who arrived at Silverstone as the championship leader, endured a difficult race en route to 14th.

Silverstone F2 feature race - Results:

1

24

Russian Federation

Nikita Mazepin

United Kingdom

HitechGP

29

2

3

China

Guanyu Zhou

United Kingdom

UNI-Virtuosi

29

5.323

3

7

Japan

Yuki Tsunoda

United Kingdom

Carlin

29

7.406

4

6

Denmark

Christian Lundgaard

France

ART Grand Prix

29

8.094

5

4

United Kingdom

Callum Ilott

United Kingdom

UNI-Virtuosi

29

10.764

6

11

Switzerland

Louis Deletraz

Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

29

16.121

7

15

Brazil

Felipe Drugovich

Netherlands

MP Motorsport

29

18.136

8

2

United Kingdom

Dan Ticktum

France

DAMS

29

20.580

9

20

Germany

Mick Schumacher

Italy

Prema Powerteam

29

24.742

10

14

Japan

Nobuharu Matsushita

Netherlands

MP Motorsport

29

25.319

11

12

Brazil

Pedro Piquet

Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

29

26.230

12

8

India

Jehan Daruvala

United Kingdom

Carlin

29

26.527

13

9

United Kingdom

Jack Aitken

Spain

Campos Racing

29

26.744

14

21

Russian Federation

Robert Shwartzman

Italy

Prema Powerteam

29

30.767

15

1

Indonesia

Sean Gelael

France

DAMS

29

31.585

16

5

New Zealand

Marcus Armstrong

France

ART Grand Prix

29

37.827

17

25

Italy

Luca Ghiotto

United Kingdom

HitechGP

29

45.263

18

16

Russian Federation

Artem Markelov

Germany

HWA AG

29

53.528

19

17

France

Giuliano Alesi

Germany

HWA AG

29

1'00.579

20

23

Japan

Marino Sato

Italy

Trident

29

1'12.128

21

10

Brazil

Guilherme Samaia

Spain

Campos Racing

29

1'27.775

22

Israel

Roy Nissany

Italy

Trident

4

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