My first ever F2 race.
Not because I don’t like it, but because I need to balance my life between family and motorsport and other things.
I follow F1, so already know several of the drivers from their F1 testing and the young driver programmes they are attached to.
Monaco F2 Feature race, Thursday 24th May 2019.
This is the first of two races for this circuit, and is the one with tyre changes.
Qualifying produced this grid.
Unfortunately for 3rd place Ilott, his car lost power at the start and he ended his race in the pits.
This gave Schumacher a clear run down to the first corner, but he had a poor start and ended up in 4th. De Vries quickly took control of the race and increased his lead each lap.
At the bottom of the field, Raghunathan was upsetting everyone by how slow he was.
Aitken chose to pit first, but really got something wrong - coming out behind the very slow Raguhanathan and getting held up for several laps. Bad pit strategy caused this, not Raguhanathan.
Schumacher, following his pit stop, ended up behind Calderon, and in a bold move, if generated by Calderon’s wide swing into rascasse but never going anywhere, took out Calderon himself, and stopped the race. Red flag with the track completely blocked.
The initial thoughts were, most of the cars below 9th place had stopped for tyres and the rest still needed a pit stop. Rules allowed tyre changes while in the pits but these did not count for the compulsory pit stop. Everyone above 9thneeded to stop again. This looked like putting several of the back markers, including Schumacher into very good, if not podium positions.
The race was stopped for 30 minutes and all cars where pushed back to the pits where several changed tyres. The race restarted under safety car and then it all went crazy. Everyone below 9th were showing a lap down on the leaders, Schumacher was given a 5 second penalty for track limits, followed by a drive-through for causing an accident. These were not the only penalties during the race. Lap one track limits and gaining an advantage produced 10 second penalties each for Boschung, Aleisi, Calderon and Markelov.
Towards the very end, Raghunathan caused more outrage by taking out Aitken while being lapped. Correa crashed on the same lap and bought out the safety car again.
Championship leader Latifi came under fire several times for his poor driving, crashing into Schumacher and then taking out Gelael.
Announced just before the end of the race, ‘Race Suspension’ under investigation after the race.
These are the final results, posted by F2 one hour after the race. Check back later for any updates.
Deletraz managed to get pole for Sunday’s sprint race in the reverse order grid, despite Markelov dropping 3 places just before the end to try and secure this.
First F2 and it’s confusing and crazy.
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