Nikita Mazepin scored his second FIA Formula 2 win from 14th on the grid in an incredible Feature Race at Mugello, Italy. The Russian capped off a Hitech Grand Prix one-two, with Luca Ghiotto claiming second on home soil ahead of Charouz Racing System’s Louis Delétraz.
The race was turned on its head by the Safety Car as Giuliano Alesi’s stricken HWA RACELAB machine was recovered from the gravel trap. Mazepin was gifted a golden opportunity for victory on the alternate strategy. The Russian driver found himself in third place after the Safety Car with fresh soft tyres.
The Hitech racer made light work of passing long-time race leaders Christian Lundgaard and Ghiotto, who were both on heavily degraded hard tyres. Ghiotto was able to cling on to second ahead of Delétraz, but poleman Lundgaard plummeted to sixth having dominated most of the race.
There was also a shift in the Drivers’ Championship as Mick Schumacher stole first place from Callum Ilott, becoming the third different leader in 2020. Ilott had looked on course to retain his lead but suffered front wing damage during a SC restart and was forced to pit, dropping him out of the points.
The third of the Championship’s top three, Robert Shwartzman, saw his own title hopes take a battering as well, as the PREMA racer was forced to retire.
FIA F2 Feature Race result
Class, Driver, Team
1/ Nikita Mazepin HitechGP
2/ Luca Ghiotto HitechGP
3/ Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System
4/ Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport
5/ Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam
6/ Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix
7/ Jüri Vips DAMS
8/ Artem Markelov HWA AG
9/ Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix
10/ Jehan Daruvala Carlin
11/ Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport
12/ Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi
13/ Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System
14/ Marino Sato Trident
15/ Roy Nissany Trident
16/ Yuki Tsunoda Carlin
17/ Dan Ticktum DAMS
18/ Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing
Jack Aitken Campos Racing
Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi
Giuliano Alesi HWA AG
Robert Shwartzman Prema Powerteam