F2 Belgian Sprint Race: Double Safety Car provides win for Robert Shwartzman

After two full safety cars and a Virtual Safety Car, the sprint race finished with a Prema one-two after Shwartzman throttled out a eight-second gap over his teammate over Schumacher.

From P3 to the lead, Dan Ticktum, Dams, managed make his way to the front of the pack after La Souce (Turn one). However, the championship leader, Callum Illot spun around after he was bumped by Yuki Tsunoda, Carlin, at turn seven. This resulted in the British driver being the first driver to retire from the race – and prompted the first safety car of the session before the lap had ended.

The safety car returned to the pits on the fourth lap.

However, on the same lap, Ticktum overtook Roy Nissany, Trident, at the end of the Kemmel straight but Nissany tapped his contender, which pushed the Dams driver over the apex of turn six. As the Dams driver returned to the track, he clashed with Nissany which sent the Trident into the barrier after he had damage on this left rear tyre as a result of the contact – which prompted the second safety car.

Despite remaining on the track after making contact with Nissany, Ticktum struggled to maintain his position, after the second safety car, as he had a train of cars behind him. All the while, Robert Shwartzman, Prema, had pushed out a significant six-second lead over the Dams driver.

Marcus Armstrong, ART, was the third car to retire at Blonchumon on lap 10. However on the following lap, Ticktum hit more trouble as he locked up into the Bus Stop chicane. Ultimately, Mick Schumacher, Prema, who was behind the second-place Dams, easily overtook the sitting duck on the Kemmel straight.

The VSC was deployed after Marino Sato, Trident, retired on lap 15 after the Carlin of Jehan Daruvala made contact with the Trident driver, which spun him out at the Bus Stop chicane.


  1. Robert Shwartzman
  2. Mick Schumacher
  3. Guanyu Zhou

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