Carlin’s Dan Ticktum converted reverse grid pole to victory at the Sochi Autodrom on Saturday, dominating the delayed Scramble Bustle 1 in Russia. The bustle was as soon as postponed from Saturday morning to leisurely afternoon, as treacherous prerequisites forced a deferred originate time.
Jüri Vips was as soon as second on the road and bagged his fifth podium of the 2021 advertising and marketing and marketing and marketing campaign, whereas Robert Shwartzman loved a sturdy dwelling bustle, taking the closing podium set on offer in third set.
Ticktum was as soon as placed below stress early in the bustle by Hitech Enormous Prix’s Vips, alternatively the Estonian driver couldn’t develop the pass, no longer risking a transfer onto the wet surface that existed off the dry racing line.
From there, the Carlin driver pulled out a gap and stayed sooner than the pack to get his second bustle get of the season.
AS IT HAPPENED
There was as soon as drama ahead of the bustle even got underway. On the technique to the grid, the UNI-Virtuosi duo of Felipe Drugovich and Guanyu Zhou spun with the feeble making heavy contact with the wall and retiring. Zhou, who’s for the time being in championship competition, managed to manual definite of the limitations but stalled his automobile and was as soon as unable to buy the originate of the bustle.
With factual one dry racing line on the discover following the morning’s torrential rain, the pack ran two formation laps in the motivate of the Safety Automobile ahead of being launched for a rolling originate. All drivers saved it neat in the opening stages, with Vips and his Hitech teammate Liam Lawson threatening Ticktum’s lead.
The first of two Digital Safety Cars was as soon as deployed on lap four after Zigzag Viscaal retired. Upon its conclusion some two laps later, championship chief Oscar Piastri got off form and was as soon as overtaken by ART Enormous Prix’s Christian Lundgaard for 10th. Nonetheless Piastri’s troubles had been no longer over, as a extra wide moment at Flip 10 seen him plunge in the motivate of Marcus Armstrong and Richard Verschoor.
Help at the front, one driver was as soon as taken out of competition for the get as Lawson made a mistake at Flip 13 whereas working in third set, destructive the left rear of his automobile, which forced him to park his automobile in a scamper-off dwelling. The mistake promoted Shwartzman into the closing podium set.
One other VSC was as soon as desired to soundly definite Lawson’s stricken Hitech, and at the succeeding restart, Jehan Daruvala pounced on Théo Pourchaire and Ralph Boschung to transfer into fifth. While Pourchaire settled into sixth after transferring sooner than Boschung on the scamper into Flip 2.
On the midway stage of the bustle, Ticktum held a four second lead, aided by a mistake from Vips at the closing corner. Nonetheless, Vips would almost straight away eat motivate into the opening, bringing it motivate all the plot in which down to factual over two seconds in the following laps.
Jake Hughes had a sniff at a podium attain for HWA RACELAB, having scamper in fourth set for far of the bustle following Lawson’s retirement. The Briton battled Shwartzman who made a mistake at Flip 10, the PREMA driver dropped in the motivate of Hughes for about a 100 metres ahead of transferring motivate ahead in the Flip 12 braking zone.
As the drivers searched for the extra functions for the quickest lap, it was as soon as Pourchaire who prevailed, clocking a 1: 50.669 on lap 16. Nonetheless, anguish befell Carlin’s Daruvala, who spun at Flip 16 and dropped out of the functions and into 12th in the closing repeat.
With the cease three consisting of Ticktum, Vips and Shwartzman, Hughes held off Pourchaire in the closing laps to buy fourth, marking HWA’s finest-ever result in F2.
Ralph Boschung was as soon as sixth, surviving to the chequered flag despite a collection of tyre lockups into Flip 2. Lundgaard was as soon as seventh sooner than Verschoor who took the closing point up for grabs in eighth.
KEY QUOTE –
Dan Ticktum (Carlin) “I’m barely chuffed with that, it was as soon as sketchy to claim the least, barely scary! I talked about on the radio on the grid ‘if I’m alarmed, then it’s potentially barely imperfect.’ To method away with a get is amazing.
“I’m very, very chuffed. Jüri was as soon as barely quick, especially in the foundation. In the center of the bustle, I heard he was as soon as closing the opening so I had to push noteworthy more. Taking dangers in these form of prerequisites is complex, but I’m chuffed with the get.”
THE CHAMPIONSHIP VIEW
Piastri and Zhou stay at the head of the Championship with 153 and 134 functions respectively, despite failing to register functions in the Scramble Bustle. Shwartzman has closed the opening and now sits on 123 functions sooner than Ticktum on 119 and Vips on 102. PREMA stay high in the Teams’ battle with 276 functions, sooner than Carlin on 200 functions and UNI – Virtuosi, who non-public 193 functions. Hitech Enormous Prix are fourth with 174 whereas ART Enormous Prix are fifth with 143 functions