Silverstone F2: Ilott takes points lead with feature race win

Josh Suttill
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Virtuosi’s Ilott dominated proceedings in the second feature race at Silverstone to earn his second victory of the season and the championship lead.  

He comfortably led away from pole position – managing to avoid stalling his car, which cost him a front-row start last Saturday – and switched to the hard tyres from on lap seven of the 29-lap race.  

Ilott held a small advantage over Renault junior Christian Lundgaard before he made his pitstop, but after emerging from the pits, he was able to build a lead of over eight seconds in just a few laps.  

This extended to over 10 seconds when ART Grand Prix’s Lundgaard ran off the track at Brooklands with just a handful of laps to go.  

Lundgaard clawed back a small amount of time, but he could do nothing to prevent Ilott taking his first F2 win since triumphing in the season-opener at the Red Bull Ring.  

Williams F1 reserve driver Jack Aitken, who finished fifth in F2 last season, finally claimed his first podium following a difficult opening to his third year in the championship with Campos Racing.  

Hitech Grand Prix’s Nikita Mazepin, who won last Saturday’s feature race at Silverstone in dominant fashion, was the leading driver on the alternative strategy in fourth place. 

Charouz Racing System’s Louis Deletraz charged from ninth on the grid to finish in fifth place, repeating his audacious move at the Vale chicane from last week on two separate occasions.  

The first came as Haas F1 reserve driver Deletraz demoted fellow F2 veteran Luca Ghiotto whilst the second left last weekend’s sprint race winner Dan Ticktum furious.  

“Next time he [Deletraz] pulls a kamikaze move like that, I’m going to crash with him. I’ll never give him that much respect ever again,” Ticktum fumed to his DAMS team.  

Ticktum was running in second place by the end of the opening lap but struggled with tyre wear issues and slumped to 15th place at the chequered flag. 

Deletraz lost fourth place to Mazepin on the final lap at Brooklands but fended off the advances of Red Bull junior Yuki Tsunoda, who had to settle for seventh place.  

Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher led the early stages of the race on the alternative strategy, but faded to finish in seventh place, just ahead of his Prema teammate Robert Shwartzman.  

After a point-less weekend, Shwartzman picked up four points for his eighth-place finish but lost the championship lead to fellow Ferrari protege Ilott.  

Ilott’s teammate, Renault junior Guanyu Zhou missed out on reverse-grid pole position by just three-tenths in ninth place, with MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich taking the final point in 10th place.  

F2 Silverstone: Feature race results:

1

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Callum Ilott

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

UNI-Virtuosi

 

2

6

Denmark
Denmark

Christian Lundgaard

France
France

ART Grand Prix

8.500

3

9

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jack Aitken

Spain
Spain

Campos Racing

12.300

4

24

Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Nikita Mazepin

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

HitechGP

15.000

5

11

Switzerland
Switzerland

Louis Deletraz

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

16.600

6

7

Japan
Japan

Yuki Tsunoda

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Carlin

17.000

7

20

Germany
Germany

Mick Schumacher

Italy
Italy

Prema Powerteam

19.200

8

21

Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Robert Shwartzman

Italy
Italy

Prema Powerteam

20.000

9

3

China
China

Guanyu Zhou

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

UNI-Virtuosi

20.400

10

15

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Drugovich

Netherlands
Netherlands

MP Motorsport

24.100

11

14

Japan
Japan

Nobuharu Matsushita

Netherlands
Netherlands

MP Motorsport

26.400

12

8

India
India

Jehan Daruvala

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Carlin

28.100

13

25

Italy
Italy

Luca Ghiotto

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

HitechGP

36.100

14

5

New Zealand
New Zealand

Marcus Armstrong

France
France

ART Grand Prix

41.700

15

2

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Dan Ticktum

France
France

DAMS

43.100

16

17

France
France

Giuliano Alesi

Germany
Germany

HWA AG

43.200

17

23

Japan
Japan

Marino Sato

Italy
Italy

Trident

50.000

18

22

Israel
Israel

Roy Nissany

Italy
Italy

Trident

51.400

19

16

Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Artem Markelov

Germany
Germany

HWA AG

1'14.100

20

10

Brazil
Brazil

Guilherme Samaia

Spain
Spain

Campos Racing

1'15.000

21

12

Brazil
Brazil

Pedro Piquet

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

1 lap

22

1

Indonesia
Indonesia

Sean Gelael

France
France

DAMS

8 laps

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