F2: Jack Doohan wins Budapest Sprint Race in style
Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan surged to his second victory of the 2022 Formula 2 season, dominating the Sprint Race around the Hungaroring.
At the start, the Australian lost his advantage from pole to Enzo Fittipaldi, who had lined up alongside him on the front row. Into the second corner though, Doohan capitalised on a lock-up by Fittipaldi to retake a lead he wouldn’t forfeit again.
Juri Vips was able to capitalise on the Brazilian’s Turn 2 moment to secure second in the race but had a much tougher time fending off the Charouz Racing System driver. The Estonian managed to keep Fittipaldi at arm’s length despite his rival having DRS for the majority of the 24 laps.
Felipe Drugovich survived contact with Logan Sargeant at the first corner to end up in fourth place by the chequered flag. Dennis Hauger was also involved as the trio went three-wide at the first corner, but the PREMA Racing driver and Carlin came off worse. The Norwegian was tipped into a spin and was out on the spot, while Sargeant recovered to the pits but forced to retire at the end of Lap 1.
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Frederik Vesti rounded out the top five for ART Grand Prix, but could have been fighting for a P2 finish. Following Fittipaldi’s lock-up, the Dane attempted a move into Turn 4, but was forced to the run-off by the Charouz racer, dropping him behind Drugovich in the process.
Liam Lawson, Marcus Armstrong and Ayumu Iwasa completed the top eight and points-paying positions in sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.
The result hands Drugovich a growing advantage in the Drivers’ Championship, now up to 44 points over next-best, Theo Pourchaire, who finished outside of the top 10. Sargeant remains third ahead of Daruvala, but Doohan’s victory lifts him into the top five on 88 points.
ART Grand Prix continue to head up the Teams’ Standings on 213 points, ahead of MP Motorsport on 204 and Carlin on 200.
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