Lawson disqualified after winning Sprint Race 2 at Monaco

Sprint Race 2 winner Liam Lawson has been disqualified and stripped of victory for a technical non-conformity, following Saturday morning’s race in Monte Carlo. Carlin’s Dan Ticktum has been promoted to first following Lawson’s disqualification, having finished second on track.

The drivers are required to use a defined throttle pedal progressivity map programmed in position 1 of the steering wheel throttle map rotary knob during all formation lap starts and race starts until the car speed reaches 50kph.

Following an investigation after the race, the Stewards found that Lawson used a different throttle map at the race start, a breach of Technical Regulations, Article 3.6.5.

As well as handing Ticktum his first win of the season, the disqualification also sees Oscar Piastri climb to second and promotes Jüri Vips onto the podium. Further back, Robert Shwarztman jumps to P10 and subsequently gains the two bonus points for fastest lap.

The Race

There was heartbreak for reverse grid polesitter Marcus Armstrong ahead of the start. Having pulled off the move of the day in Sprint Race 1, the DAMS failed to re-join the starting grid and was forced to make his getaway from the pitlane. After a disastrous start, worse was to come for Armstrong, who pulled over with further issues and clambered out of the car.

Liam Lawson kept the pressure on Championship leader Guanyu Zhou with a second win of the season in Sprint Race 2 at Monte Carlo, the Hitech Grand Prix racer recovered from a tricky start to win out over Carlin’s Dan Ticktum and PREMA Racing’s Oscar Piastri.

Jumped by Piastri off the line, Lawson marshalled the wet conditions expertly, reclaiming the lead five laps in and controlling the rest of the race.

Piastri dropped down to third behind Ticktum, with the two-time Macau Grand Prix winner utilizing his street-race experience to pick off the PREMA and hunt down the Hitech. But Lawson refused to surrender, keeping the Briton at bay during a tumultuous middle part of the race, before going on to finish 8s ahead.

A late two-and-throw with Piastri came to nothing for Vips, who crossed the chequered flag in fourth, ahead of Théo Pourchaire. Ralph Boschung managed to hold off MP Motorsport duo Richard Verschoor and Lirim Zendeli for sixth. After a one-two in Sprint Race 1, UNI-Virtuosi pair Zhou and Felipe Drugovich slumped to 16th and 15th.

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