F2: Camara claims Victory in Austria Sprint Race

Sergio Sette Camara ended a long for a race win F2 in the Austrian Sprint Race. Image sourced from @damsracing via Twitter.

DAMS’ Sergio Sette Camara fended off Luca Ghiotto and Mick Schumacher to claim his first F2 win since 2017.

Action All Over as De Vries Hits the Limiter

Starting on Reverse Grid Pole, MP Motorsport’s Jordan King fended off Carlin’s Louis Deletraz for the lead. Behind them, Sette Camara, Nyck de Vries and Guanyu Zhou battled for third, with the Dutchman coming out on top.

Further back, Luca Ghiotto dived down the inside of Antoine Hubert and Nobuharu Matsushita at Turn 3. Matsushita, who won the feature race in Austria, got squeezed out onto the gravel and dropped to 13th.

On Lap 2, de Vries made a manouvere on Deletraz for second at Turn 3. On the following, lap, he then repeated the move on Jordan King to take the lead.

Elsewhere, Mick Schumacher had made up an impressive seven places on the start and was up to 11th.

Disaster then struck for de Vries, whose pit-limiter activated on the exit of Turn 4. Consequently, the error undone his hard work and demoted to sixth.

King subsequently regained the lead, but a four-wide battle for the lead ensued, with Camara, Deletraz, Zhou and Ghiotto. As a result, Camara claimed the lead at Turn 2 from Deletraz on Lap 7.

Aitken gets it Wrong and Deletraz goes off

After being overtaken by Hubert, Jack Aitken attempted to fight back, but misjudged the closing speed into Turn 3. Because of this, Aitken made contact with Hubert’s BWT and damaged his front wing.

This error of judgement allowed Schumacher to continue his march up the field and move up into eighth.

In the battle for third, the Uni-Virtuosi’s team-mates when side by side on the approach to Turn 3. Ghiotto saw an opportunity and lunged down the inside to claim the position.

On Lap 20, the Safety Car was deployed for a bizarre crash involving second-placed Deletraz.

On the run down to Turn 1, his rear suddenly snapped and heavily hit the outside wall. Thankfully, the Carlin driver was unharmed and reported a brake issue on his team radio.

Camara in Cruise Control

Sergio Sette Camara ends a two-year drough and claims the chequered flag at the Red Bull Ring. Image sourced from Autosport.

After three laps, racing resumed with Camara instantly pulling a 1.5 second gap to the chasing behind. Behind him, De Vries pass Zhou for third on Lap 25 at Turn 1.

In the final stages, Camara defended well against Ghiotto for the lead, while de Vries fought hard to keep Schumacher at bay.

Camara managed to hold on and claim victory; his first in Formula 2 in two years. Ghiotto took second with De Vries hanging onto third.

Despite missing out on a podium, Schumacher’s brilliant charge from 18th saw the young German take an impressive fourth place.

Matsushita fought back excellently to fifth, ahead of DAMS’s Nicholas Latifi, King and Zhou who both dropped back after the Safety Car restart. Sauber Junior Team drivers Callum Ilott and Juan Manuel Correa rounded out the top 10.

In the Drivers’ Standings, De Vries has increased his lead over Latifi to 37 points. Camara had pulled himself back into contention and is now third on 107 points, with Ghiotto in fourth with 97.