Nikita Mazepin’s astonishing turnaround of form continued in Round 4, as he followed up his first Formula 2 podium in the previous round, with his first ever victory in the Feature Race at Silverstone. UNI-Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou was second, ahead of Yuki Tsunoda in third.
Kiwi driver Marcus Armstrong came home in 16th position.
Mazepin took just one point from the first four races but has added 51 to his tally since then, and cruised to a comfortable victory for Hitech Grand Prix’s second win in as many races.
Starting from eighth, Zhou worked wonders on the alternate strategy. Pitting with seven laps to go, he returned in P8 and made a late dash to the podium, getting past Christian Lundgaard for second on the penultimate tour of the circuit.
Having looked so strong early on in the afternoon, Lundgaard was also beaten by Tsunoda on the last lap, with the Carlin racer putting in a stunning drive of his own, from ninth.
UNI-Virtuosi’s duo suffered contrasting fortunes, as Callum Ilott was forced to start from the pits, having originally qualified in second place. The Briton will at least be pleased to have recovered to fifth place.
Round 4 had started so brightly for Felipe Drugovich, but the polesitter endured a tough day at the office on Saturday, falling back to seventh.
Championship leader Robert Shwartzman struggled in Qualifying on Friday and was unable to make up much ground in the Feature Race, finishing outside of the points in 14th, and seeing his lead at the top of the Championship shrink.