Red Bull F1 junior Lawson wins incident-filled Jeddah F2 sprint race

Red Bull Formula 1 junior Liam Lawson overtook Jakes Hughes to win the Formula 2 sprint race at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. 
Red Bull F1 junior Lawson wins incident-filled Jeddah F2 sprint race

The first race of the weekend in Saudi Arabia was littered with incidents with two Safety Car periods and a controversial moment for reverse grid pole-sitter Dennis Hauger.

Hauger retained the lead after the first Safety Car which was caused by Amaury Cordeel's shunt on Lap 2.

A second Safety Car was deployed after Jack Doohan and Logan Sargeant collided at the restart in close proximity to the pit lane.

Shortly afterwards, race control ordered the drivers to go down to the pit lane which Hauger did.

However, just before Hauger entered the pit lane, race control decided to close it meaning Hauger wasn't allowed to do so and incurred a 10-second stop-go penalty - as Lewis Hamilton did at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix in F1.

With Hauger out of the way, once the racing resumed Calan Williams led the way ahead of Hughes.

Hughes made the most of his soft tyres to get past Williams at the Safety Car restart into the opening sequence of corners.

Williams struggled for pace and soon dropped behind Lawson, who had a 1.2s gap to make up on Hughes.

With Hughes' soft tyres fading, Lawson caught up and overtook into Turn 1 on Lap 18.

Hughes continued to struggle, falling into the clutches of Juri Vips on the run to the start-finish line on the final lap.

Vips overtook just before the start-finish line to secure second ahead of Hughes.

Felipe Drugovich got past Williams for fourth, while Richard Verschoor, Ayumu Iwasa and Ralph Boschung completed the top eight.

Click here for the full FIA Formula 2 race results from the Saudi Arabia sprint race

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