For the second time in as many rounds, Robert Shwartzman Wins Silvertone Sprint Race 1 winner in Formula 2. The Russian put in the hard yards at the start to jump from fourth to first, before going on to control the race at Silverstone.
Ferrari Junior Robert Shwartzman Wins Silvertone upturn of form continued in the first Formula 2 Sprint Race of the Silverstone weekend, with the Ferrari junior launching his PREMA from fourth to first at the start. The Russian went on to control the action around the Northamptonshire circuit ahead of Red Bull junior Juri Vips and Alpine Academy driver Christian Lundgaard.
Reverse polesitter Christian Lundgaard fell to third after a tricky start, watching on as both Robert Shwartzman Wins Silvertone and Jüri Vips clambered ahead of him when the lights went out. The trio crossed the line in that order, carefully navigating four Safety Cars.
After suffering retirements in both of the opening two rounds of the season, the Russian has firmly turned Robert Shwartzman Wins Silvertone season around with two Sprint Race 1 wins in a row, moving him up to second in the drivers’ championship.
Robert Shwartzman Wins Silvertone
Finishing fourth, Felipe Drugovich took UNI-Virtuosi’s only points of the morning after Guanyu Zhou spun out on Lap 1 – a retirement that cost the Chinese driver the Championship lead, as Piastri followed up his pole lap in Qualifying with a sixth-place finish, behind Théo Pourchaire.
Reverse polesitter Lundgaard fell to third after a tricky start, watching on as both Shwartzman and Vips clambered ahead of him when the lights went out. The trio carefully navigated four Safety Cars to finish in that order.
Robert Shwartzman Wins Silvertone enjoyed a flying start from fourth, launching his PREMA into the lead at the first turn and battling off a challenge from Vips, who had gotten a strong getaway himself. The Hitech Grand Prix driver joined the Russian in pulling ahead of Lundgaard off the line, but exited Turn 1 in the same position he started.
Finishing fourth, Felipe Drugovich took UNI-Virtuosi’s only points of the morning after Guanyu Zhou spun out on Lap 1.
The Alpine junior’s retirement cost him the championship lead, as Oscar Piastri followed up his pole lap in qualifying with a sixth-place finish – behind Theo Pourchaire – to move to the top of the table by two points. Zhou drops to third overall behind Robert Shwartzman Wins Silvertone.
However, Robert Shwartzman Wins Silvertone was unable to build up a buffer as the Safety Car was called out to clear up a couple of early casualties in the top 10. Roy Nissany was the first of those, getting sandwiched and nudged off track.
The DAMS’ driver got a good view of the second retirement as he was pulling to a stop on the gravel, with Zhou losing control of his Virtuosi and spinning 180 degrees.
After finishing 10th, MP Motorsport’s Lirim Zendeli will start from pole on the reversed grid in Sprint Race 2 at 1445 local time. The Feature Race takes place on Sunday at 1050 local time, the grid set by yesterday’s qualifying session.
The Safety Car returned on Lap 3 but was called back into action just moments later as Alessio Deledda went skidding off track, before eventually spinning to a stop back on it. Meanwhile, Liam Lawson was on team radio complaining of a lack of grip, with it perhaps showing that this was the first on-track action of the day around Robert Shwartzman Wins Silvertone.
The field got back to racing on Lap 7 and Piastri wasted no time in nabbing sixth from Lawson, making his fourth move of the morning. Dan Ticktum – who had lost P7 to Piastri early on – was also eying up the Hitech, although the Brit appeared to have slight damage on the nose of his Carlin.
“Last year was a bit of a tough one here, but this year we have finally managed to get the win, so a big thanks to the team.
“The start was awesome, I didn’t expect to be P1 at Turn 1, but it was a really, really nice start. Jüri (Vips) was very close, and he was very quick, but I managed to drive cleanly and not make any mistakes. We brought the win home, so a big thanks to everyone.”