Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala won the second sprint race of the Formula One Italian Grand Prix weekend, as the Indian driver cruised to victory.
The field got a good, uniformed getaway when the lights went out. David Beckmann, Campos Racing, immediately made a defensive move on Daruvala but the latter led into the first corner.
However, as the pack raced around to the Monza track, Christain Lungaard lost the rear of his car and spun around at the Della Roggia chicane and fell to the back of the pack.
As Jake Hughes, HWA Racelab, rotated around the Roggia chicane, after making contact with his teammate: Alessio Deledda, but he couldn’t get his car to get going again and had to retire on track. As a result, the Virtual Safety Car was deployed.
Drama continued during the VSC period as Charouz Racing’s Guilherme Samaia tried to get his car into the pit lane but the car couldn’t go any further than the pit lane entry.
Green flag conditions returned on the fifth lap as both the HWA and Charouz cars were removed from the track.
Under pressure from Carlin’s Dan Ticktum, Dams’ Roy Nissany missed his braking point in the first braking zone on lap seven. Despite skipping half of the polystyrene chicane, on the run off, the Dams driver had to feather his accelator to allow Ticktum through to avoid a penalty.
Marcus Armstrong was given a 10-second penalty on lap eight, for two offences equaling five seconds each, as he was deemed to have caused a collision and forced another driver off the track.
Nissany was the given a five-second penalty for not following the race directors instructions, when the Dams driver drove around the polystyrene chicane on the turn one runoff.
Uni-Virtuousi’s Guanyu Zhou finally forced ART’s Theo Pourchaire into a mistake, on lap 17, as the French driver locked up in an attempt to defend his position. As a result, the Frenchman had to use the run off and lost his place to the Chinese driver.
Beckmann and Trident’s Bent Viscal fought over P2, on lap 19, Beckmann locked up into Monza’s first hard braking zone. The Campos driver had to take to the run off, but seemed to made defensive moves on Viscal. Race control showed Beckmann the black and white flag for his driving standards.
Beckmann soon came under pressure by fourth-place Robert Shwartzman (Prema) and fifth-place Liam Lawson (Hitech). By the chequered flag, Beckmann was passed by both Lawson and Shwartzman to fall down to P5.
After putting in a exceptional drive, Daruvala cruised to victory to win the second sprint race of the weekend. Viscal and Shwartzman completed the podium positions, respectively.