Armstrong 16th in F2 Feature race at Silverstone

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.

1Nikita Mazepin51m17.953s
2Guanyu Zhou+5.323s
3Yuki Tsunoda+7.406s
4Christian Lundgaard+8.094s
5Callum Ilott+10.764s
6Louis Deletraz+16.121s
7Felipe Drugovich+18.136s
8Dan Ticktum+20.580s
9Mick Schumacher+24.742s
10Nobuharu Matsushita+25.319s
11Pedro Piquet+26.230s
12Jehan Daruvala+26.527s
13Jack Aitken+26.744s
14Robert Shwartzman+30.767s
15Sean Gelael+31.585s
16Marcus Armstrong+37.827s
17Luca Ghiotto+45.263s
18Artem Markelov+53.528s
19Giuliano Alesi+60.579s
20Marino Sato+72.128s
21Guilherme Samaia+87.775s
22Roy NissanyDNF

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