Robert Shwarztman proved unstoppable on the wet in Spielberg, clawing his way from sixth on the grid to take his first ever victory in FIA Formula 2, and emotionally dedicating it to his late father, who tragically passed away earlier this year.
The PREMA racer’s win denied fellow rookie Yuki Tsunoda a first win of his own in F2. The polesitter led for the majority of the race, but an issue with his team radio saw him pit too late, and despite a late charge, he wasn’t able to recover P1, instead, settling for second, and a maiden podium.
Marcus Armstrong was another to perform brilliantly around the Red Bull Ring after a tough day on Friday. The ART Grand Prix driver qualified 12th and managed to climb to seventh, just behind his teammate Christian Lundgaard, and Callum Ilott.
“Just a bit wet out there today,” said Armstrong. “Still made some good moves to P7 and it gives us the front row for tomorrow’s sprint race”
Guanyu Zhou was leading the race when Tsunoda pitted late on, but had the opposite issue to the Carlin racer, having changed his tyres too early. Zhou’s rubber wasn’t strong enough to hold off Shwartzman and he ended up in third ahead Mick Schumacher, who had done brilliantly to rise from ninth after a tough Qualifying session.
FIA Formula 2 Feature Race Results
Classification Driver Team
1 Robert Shwartzman Prema Powerteam
2 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin
3 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi
4 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam
5 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi
6 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix
7 Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix
8 Dan Ticktum DAMS
9 Jack Aitken Campos Racing
10 Sean Gelael DAMS
11 Luca Ghiotto HitechGP
12 Jehan Daruvala Carlin
13 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport
14 Nikita Mazepin HitechGP
15 Roy Nissany Trident
16 Marino Sato Trident
17 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport
18 Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System
19 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System
20 Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing
21 Giuliano Alesi HWA AG
22 Artem Markelov HWA AG