Verschoor takes maiden F2 victory in second sprint race at Silverstone

MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor has claimed his maiden Formula 2 victory after winning the second sprint race at Silverstone.
Verschoor takes maiden F2 victory in second sprint race at Silverstone

It was a comfortable afternoon for the Dutchman who secured reverse grid pole position having finished tenth in the first sprint race of the day. Verschoor led into Turn 1 on the opening lap and didn’t look back, managing the gap to Marcus Armstrong in second.

Verschoor managed the two Safety Car periods beautifully to claim his first victory in the series. Armstrong ended his bad run of form with four DNFs in the last six races by finishing on the podium for the first time in 2021.

Dan Ticktum pressured Armstrong for the duration of the race but had to settle for third, a podium finish on home soil. Points leader Oscar Piastri overtook both Hitech drivers on his way to finishing fourth.

Piastri overtook Juri Vips on Lap 5 into Turn 3 before getting past Liam Lawson at Brooklands on Lap 18. Piastri will start tomorrow’s feature race from pole as he looks to extend his lead in the standings.

Behind the Hitech pair was Felipe Drugovich and David Beckmann. Robert Shwartzman was on course to finish ninth and just outside of the points but spun out on the exit of the penultimate corner, dropping to 15th at the chequered flag.

Theo Pourchaire could only finish tenth despite starting sixth, enduring a poor first lap. Guanyu Zhou recovered to finish an acceptable 11th, having started from the back of the grid.

Ralph Boschung race ended prematurely as he spun at Turn 4 on the opening lap, rolling into the path of Alessio Deledda. Both drivers came away unscathed but it resulted in the first Safety Car period. 

The second one was caused by Bent Viscaal after he was punted into the gravel trap at Stowe by Jehan Daruvala, who was awarded a 10-second time penalty for his role in the incident. The Indian driver classified 19th, having stopped for a new front wing under the second safety car period.

Click here for the full FIA Formula 2 race results from the second sprint race at Silverstone.

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