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MATSUSHITA TAKES SPRINT RACE VICTORY!

NOBUHARU MATSUSHITA WINS A RACE DOMINATED BY NICHOLAS LATIFI!

The Canadian started 3rd on the grid but he had a perfect start and was leading by turn 1. He led every lap until lap 22 when he was distracted by his mirror falling off and left his braking too late and entered the gravel trap. The DAMS driver would eventually finish in 3rd.

All of this fell into the hands of Matsushita wonderfully who had a very quiet race despite the drama of Latifi. It was the Japanese’s first win in Formula 2 and was a well needed victory after all of the troubles he had last year.

Oliver Rowland scored a double podium in Barcelona after finishing in 2nd position. He battled with Latifi after the Canadian’s trouble but Rowland would hold onto the position after a very strong weekend.

Championship leader and yesterday’s race winner Charles Leclerc would finish a comfortable 4th despite being frustrated by Alexander Albon in the early parts of the race. However, the Monegasque driver passed Albon on lap 20 and passed Gustav Malja one lap later to add 8 more points to his already impressive tally.

Gustav Malja started in 2nd and stayed there for half of the race until a key moment for the Swede on lap 15 when he tried to defend from Oliver Rowland but locked up massively resulting in a huge flat spot. This would compromise his second half of the race but managed to finish in 6th position.

Jordan King had a very encouraging race finishing 5th after starting in 9th position after he kept his tyres in good shape and could put the hammer down near the latter end of the race.

Luca Ghiotto had a very disappointing race after getting a good start, he fell down the order and at one point, his team called him into the pits. Thankfully, Ghiotto questioned the message and near the end, he picked up a few positions and grabbed 2 points in 7th position.

ART driver Alexander Albon had a promising race after battling with former GP3 teammate Charles Leclerc for many laps. However, Albon couldn’t manage his tyres for the whole race and started to fall down the order but thankfully, he managed to pick up a point in 8th position.

Polesitter Artem Markelov had a nightmare race! He got bogged down at the start and was in 7th position by the end of lap 1. He then had a quiet race until he got overtaken by his teammate Ghiotto and Albon. He closed in on the Thai driver on the final lap but could not find a way past.

Elsewhere, Leclerc’s teammate Antonio Fuoco was taken out by Nyck De Vries on lap 1 which ended his nightmare weekend.

The Top 10

  1. Nobuharu Matsushita- ART
  2. Oliver Rowland- DAMS
  3. Nicholas Latifi- DAMS
  4. Charles Leclerc- PREMA
  5. Jordan King- MP Motorsport
  6. Gustav Malja- Racing Engineering
  7. Luca Ghiotto- RUSSIAN TIME
  8. Alexander Albon- ART
  9. Artem Markelov- RUSSIAN TIME
  10. Johnny Cecotto- Rapax

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