Red Bull Ring F2: Ilott wins opener after heartbreak for Zhou

Ferrari junior Callum Ilott clinched his maiden Formula 2 victory in the opening race of the 2020 season at the Red Bull Ring after long-time leader Guanyu Zhou dropped out of contention with mechanical troubles.

Zhou led the first half of the race from pole position and was able to repass both Ilott and Mick Schumacher after dropping behind the two during the pitstop sequence.

However, as he climbed the hill en route to Turn 1 on lap 26, he began to slow down with what appeared to be a power issue. Although, the Chinese driver was able to keep the car running, he slipped down the order, allowing Ilott to seize the lead.

The Virtuosi driver held on to that spot despite the safety car – brought in to retrieve the stranded car of HWA’s Artem Markelov – to start his second F2 season with a win. 

ARTs Marcus Armstrong fended off reigning F3 champion Robert Shwartzman to finish second.

Schumacher had been running second until the safety car period, but ran wide at the restart and finished outside the points in 11th.

F2 feature race results:

Cla # Driver Team Laps Gap
1 4 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi 40  
2 5 Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix 40 8.800
3 21 Robert Shwartzman Prema Powerteam 40 9.200
4 6 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 40 10.800
5 2 Dan Ticktum DAMS 40 11.200
6 17 Giuliano Alesi BWT HWA Racelab 40 12.800
7 11 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 40 16.200
8 15 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 40 17.000
9 14 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport 40 17.400
10 22 Roy Nissany Trident 40 19.500
11 20 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam 40 20.000
12 8 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 40 22.000
13 12 Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System 40 24.900
14 24 Nikita Mazepin Hitech Grand Prix 40 25.800
15 9 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 40 30.100
16 10 Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing 40 53.900
17 3 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 39  
18 7 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 39  
  16 Artem Markelov BWT HWA Racelab 26  
  1 Sean Gelael DAMS 16  
  23 Marino Sato Trident 2  
  25 Luca Ghiotto Hitech Grand Prix 0  

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