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NORMAN NATO EASES TO SPRINT RACE VICTORY IN MONZA

The Frenchman started in fourth position but after a super start, he led into turn 1 and comfortably maintained the position from lights to flag.

Mitch Evans was on reverse grid pole but the Kiwi was not going to stay there for long as he got a lot of wheelspin at the start which lost him the lead, and at the second chicane he got taken out by Gustav Malja which resulted in a 10 second time penalty for the Swede who finished 9th overall.

Another driver who’s race was to be ruined was Italian Luca Ghiotto’s after he was spun around at the second chicane by MP Motorsport driver Oliver Rowland which also resulted in a 10 second time penalty.

After yesterday’s disappointmen, Pierre Gasly was looking to bounce back and after starting in fifth position, he fought back and finished in second position 4.3 seconds behind Norman Nato.

Antonio Giovinazzi took an awesome win for PREMA in yesterday’s feature race after starting in 21st. Today, he started from 8th on the grid and even though he lost a lot of front wing end plate at the second chicane, he made it a double podium for the weekend finishing in 3rd position and is only 10 points behind Pierre Gasly in the drivers championship.

Gustav Malja finished in fourth position but because of his 10 second time penalty, he finished just 0.02 seconds behind 8th place Nicholas Latifi and was just outside the points.

Jordan King started in second and very briefly led but King could not emmulate his sprint race success as he dropped back from his teammate, Gasly and Giovinazzi. He then had to defend from Malja, Markelov, Matsushita and Lynn for the last few laps. Malja passed King but with his penalty, it didn’t matter. He finished 0.038 seconds ahead of Artem Markelov at the line.

Behind these two, Alex Lynn and Nobuharu Matsushita went side by side at the line and Alex Lynn snatched it by 0.010 seconds and grabbed 6th position.

His teammate Raffaele Marciello had the feature race win snatched away from Antonio Giovinazzi on the last lap but the sprint race was going to be much worse after stalling from 7th on the grid on the formation lap resulting in Marciello starting from the pitlane along with Arthur Pic after his accident with Sergio Canamasas yesterday. Pic and Marciello would finish 12th and 15th respectively.

Elsewhere championship contendor Sergey Sirotkin retired after a miserable weekend and now sits 59 points behind Gasly.

The Top 10:

1) Norman Nato- Racing Engineering
2) Pierre Gasly- PREMA
3) Antonio Giovinazzi- PREMA
4) Jordan King- Racing Engineering
5) Artem Markelov- RUSSIAN TIME
6) Alex Lynn- DAMS
7) Nobuharu Matsushita- ART
8) Nicholas Latifi- DAMS
9) Gustav Malja- Rapax
10) Marvin Kirchhofer- Carlin

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