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F2: O’Sullivan seals maiden victory from P15 on the grid in action-packed Monte Carlo Feature Race

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 26: Race winner Zak O'Sullivan of Great Britain and ART Grand Prix (2),

ART Grand Prix driver Zak O’Sullivan took advantage of a late Virtual Safety Car to come through from 15th on the grid to win an action-packed Feature Race in Monte Carlo.

The Williams Driver Academy prospect completed 40 laps on the soft tyre in his first stint before pitting from the lead on the penultimate tour of the race.

Moments after he came in a Virtual Safety Car was required following a collision between AIX Racing’s Joshua Duerksen and Rodin Motorsport’s Zane Maloney that caused the former to stop on track.

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O’Sullivan then left the pit lane ahead of Isack Hadjar and held off the Campos Racing driver across the line to take his first ever Formula 2 victory.

Hadjar was made to settle for second while Hitech Pulse-Eight’s Paul Aron continued his streak of scoring a podium in every round so far by crossing the line in third.

Oliver Bearman was another who impressively made his way through the field as the PREMA Racing driver went from P12 to finish fourth ahead of DAMS Lucas Oil’s Juan Manuel Correa and MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger.

Bearman’s team mate Andrea Kimi Antonelli wound up in seventh ahead of Invicta Racing’s Gabriel Bortoleto. Front row starter Victor Martins was able to recover from his slow start the dropped him to the back of the field to finish ninth for ART ahead of Maloney in P10.

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It was a tough day for pole-sitter Richard Verschoor, who after leading for the first half of the race suffered an issue that forced him to retire his Trident car.

This result puts Aron at the top of the Drivers’ Championship with 80 points, while Hadjar moves up to second place, two points adrift of the top spot. For the first time this season, Maloney does not lead the way and he is now third following a tough weekend in Monaco.

For an in-depth report of the FIA Formula 2 Feature Race from Monte Carlo, visit the official website here.

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