F2: Armstrong fends off Daruvala to take Imola victory
Hitech Grand Prix’s Marcus Armstrong controlled the Sprint Race from Imola to take his first victory of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 season. The New Zealand driver made a strong start to the race from second position, getting past a slow-starting Logan Sargeant.
After moving to the head of the pack on the run to Turn 2, Armstrong went largely unchallenged and crossed the line in first place to open his winning account for 2022.
Behind him, the PREMA Racing duo of Jehan Daruvala and Dennis Hauger took the final spots on the podium.
Hauger, who enters the year as the reigning Formula 3 champion, had a scare with some loose bodywork, but survived to take the final spot on the podium.
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Armstrong was forced to contend with a couple of Safety Car interventions, with a mid-race Virtual Safety Car seeing Daruvala close up to the back of the Hitech GP driver. However, the Indian racer couldn’t make a move stick to add to his F2 win tally.
DAMS’ Roy Nissany enjoyed a strong race and took his best result of the season in fourth, pressuring Hauger in the final stages of the race for the last step on the podium.
Felipe Drugovich crossed the line in fifth after making an overtake on Logan Sargeant on the penultimate lap of the race. Theo Pourchaire was seventh for ART Grand Prix, while Liam Lawson took the final point on offer in eighth place.
There was late jostling for position further back, with Frederik Vesti moving past Jack Doohan for 10th, settling in behind ninth-placed Ayumu Iwasa at the chequered flag.
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