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F2: Crawford and DAMS victorious with Correa fightback to third

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 23: Race winner Jak Crawford of United States and DAMS Lucas Oil (7)

Jak Crawford became the 10th different winner of the 2024 FIA Formula 2 season, winning the Barcelona Feature Race from second on the grid.

The DAMS Lucas Oil and Aston Martin junior driver made the strategy work with an aggressive and early mandatory pitstop to make the most of his fresh tyres and undercut pole sitter and Championship leader Paul Aron.

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The Hitech Pulse-Eight driver rejoined the track ahead of Crawford following his own pitstop, but with cold tyres was helpless to prevent the American driver passing him on circuit.

There was one opportunity for the Estonian to fight back but a snap of oversteer at the final corner on Lap 16 sent Aron through the gravel, losing him several places in the process.

It left MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto as the driver to profit most, ending up second to Crawford at the chequered flag.

Juan Manuel Correa opted to start the Feature Race on the Hard compound Pirelli tyres, and ran until 10 laps to go before pitting for Softs.

He made great use of that tyre advantage, passing several rivals in the closing laps to rise from eighth in the order up to third, pulling off a bold pass on Aron for the final podium position on Lap 33 of 35.

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Aron was left to settle for fourth though maintains his Championship lead over rival Isack Hadjar, who finished one place behind in fifth. Kush Maini ended up sixth despite final lap contact with Invicta Racing teammate Gabriel Bortoleto, who was subsequently handed a five-second time penalty, dropping him to 10th.

The Brazilian’s post-race sanction lifted Zane Maloney, Amaury Cordeel and Josep María Martí up one position each, finishing seventh, eighth and ninth respectively, with Bortoleto P10 in the end.

For an in-depth report of the F2 Feature Race from Barcelona, visit the official website here.

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