Pedro Piquet beat Giuliano Alesi following a breathtaking race-long battle for the lead to head a Trident 1-2 on home soil in the final GP3 race at Monza.

The Brazilian claimed the lead of the race early on but engaged in a race long tussle with teammate Alesi for the lead of the race. Alesi claimed the lead at the midway point but Piquet secured the win, passing the French driver on the penultimate lap.

The top seven cars were separated by just four seconds as Callum Ilott was the best of the ART cars, securing a podium finish ahead of title rival Anthoine Hubert in fourth.

Nikita Mazepin claimed fifth ahead of Jake Hughes and Race one winner David Beckmann, while Tatiana Calderdon rounded off the points paying positions to claim her third points finish of the season with eighth place, having recovered from 15th on the grid.

Race two polesitter Richard Verschoor started the race poorly, allowing Piquet and Alesi through to make it an early Trident one-two. Nikita Mazepin went airborne in Turn 1 contact with ART teammate Hubert, which allowed the French driver and Ilott through.

Juan Manuel Correa and Gabriel Aubrey brought out the Safety Car on the opening lap after the two drivers made contact with each other, causing a big accident along the run to Ascari.

At the Safety Car restart, Alesi passed Piquet on the run down to the Rettafilo chicane but was unable to keep his Trident on the road and was forced to take the run-off. A second attempt on Lap 8 proved successful, however, as Alesi found a way past Piquet at the Curve Grande.

Hubert made an costly error at the exit of the second Lesmo that allowed Ilott to close down his ART teammate, eventually passing him along the run towards the Rettafilo having made the most of a powerful slipstream.

On the penultimate lap of the race, Piquet pulled off the race-winning move on Alesi, passing the Frenchman with a brilliant dive up the inside on the run down to the Roggia chicane to secure his second win of the year.

Full GP3 Italy Race 2 Results.




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