F2 Sprint Race – 70th Anniversary: Prema drama hands win to Tsunoda

Late contact between both Prema drivers, Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman, left the door wide open for Yuki Tsunoda, Carlin, to take the race win.

It was a clean start from all of the drivers as the short race got underway. However, Schumacher, Prema, attempted an overtake with his teammate, Shwartzman, at Becketts on the first lap. Unfortunately, the German wasn’t able to make the move stick and remained in second.

With a half hearted move against the race leader, Shwartzman, Schumacher suffered with a snap of oversteer on Brooklands corner, at the end of the first quarter of the race. The German corrected the slide and luckily remained in second. However, he was soon put under pressure from Tsunoda.

As we reached the halfway point of the sprint race, there was a party of three as Tsunoda (third), Schumacher (second) and Shwartzman (first) led the top three.

One week after tyre drama in Formula One, it was clear it hadn’t left Silverstone for Christian Lundgaard, ART, as he lost his front left tyre at Maggots. This sent the Danish driver down the grid as he limped down the Hangar straight back to the pits for a fresh set of tyres.

It was a dramatic conclusion to the final sprint race at Silverstone, for Formula One’s 70th Anniversary, as Schumacher chased his teammate and got a good run down the Wellington Straight. This good run allowed the German racer to overtake Shwartzman. However, this became a brief moment in the lead as the two drivers made contact and slid wide at Brooklands. Tsunoda, a spectator behind the squabbling drivers, managed to drive past with ease to take the race lead and ultimately win the race.

While Schumacher was able to chase after the Japense Carlin driver, the contact had damaged Shwartzman’s front wing which sent him tumbling down the grid to finish the race in 13th.

Podium

  1. Yuki Tsunoda (Carlin)
  2. Mick Schumacher (Prema)
  3. Jack Aitken (Campos)

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