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Round Five – Monaco – Sport Grill

Round Five – Monaco – Sport Grill

Round Five – Monaco – Sport Grill
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Felipe Drugovich extended his title lead following a dramatic fifth round of the 2022 F2 season in Monaco.

Drugovich entered this round with a 26 point lead over Theo Pourchaire and set the pace in Practice but a crazy Qualifying session and two races saw the pendulum swing between the title contenders, culminating in a tense Feature Race finish.

Further back, several drivers found themselves in a series of scraps around the tight and twisty Principality which crowned a new F2 race winner in the Sprint Race, whilst Ralph Boschung again withdrew from the races due to neck pain.

Now, here is a full roundup of all the action from the fifth round of the 2022 F2 season in Monaco.



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Carlin’s Liam Lawson and Logan Sargeant were first out on track in Practice as a mixture of two warm-up and reconnaissance laps occurred amongst drivers, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s (VAR) Amaury Cordeel heading Jake Hughes during a brief test of the Virtual Safety Car.

Hughes however proceeded to set the representative initial benchmark time of 1m 31.750 but Marcus Armstrong went 2.933 seconds quicker, only for Dennis Hauger, Ralph Boschung then Roy Nissany to displace him.

Nissany however was swiftly displaced by Felipe Drugovich who went fastest in the 11th minute with 1m 25.655, which was bettered two minutes later by Boschung who went 1.015s quicker only for the Brazilian to snatch back top position with 1m 23.845 a minute later.

Hughes soon displaced Drugovich in the 19th minute with 1m 23.145 before going 0.111s quicker on his next lap, which was quickly beaten by Lawson who posted 1m 22.860 to go top at the halfway mark of the session.

Hughes responded in the 25th minute with 1m 22.837 to go 0.023s quicker than Lawson and looked to go even faster on his next flier, only to lock up at the final corner but was able to avoid a full-on collision with the barriers.

The fastest lap then changed hands once again as Drugovich posted 1m 21.817 to go top in the 36th minute, only to be displaced by Hauger but Drugovich replied with three minutes left as he posted 1m 21.589 to top the session ahead of Boschung by 0.002s with Hauger in third.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m 21.589
2 Ralph Boschung Campos + 0.002
3 Dennis Hauger PREMA + 0.048
4 Jake Hughes VAR + 0.070
5 Liam Lawson Carlin + 0.364
6 Jack Doohan Virtuosi + 0.444
7 Jehan Daruvala PREMA + 0.463
8 Logan Sargeant Carlin + 0.582
9 Richard Verschoor Trident + 0.592
10 Theo Pourchaire ART GP + 0.598
11 Roy Nissany DAMS + 0.697
12 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS + 0.741
13 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP + 0.929
14 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz + 1.271
15 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 1.466
16 Juri Vips Hitech GP + 2.025
17 Amaury Cordeel VAR + 2.083
18 Olli Caldwell Campos + 2.219
19 Calan Williams Trident + 2.272
20 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz + 2.273
21 Marino Sato Virtuosi + 2.429
22 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport + 2.457



Qualifying Group A

Like in Practice, Lawson was first out onto the track but it was Jack Doohan who set the benchmark lap time of 1m 26.304, which was bettered by Cordeel as several drivers pitted without posting a representative lap time.

Cordeel eventually lowered his benchmark time to 1m 23.601 in the 10th minute but Drugovich hit straight back with 1m 21.795 to go top from Boschung and Armstrong.

Drugovich further improved four minutes later to a Group A topping time of 1m 21.348 but he then crashed out of the final corner on his last flying lap, which caused chaos as Lawson, Iwasa and Doohan all improved their times under yellow flags.

Stewards consequently deleted Lawson’s fastest lap time of 1m 21.229 which would of put him on provisional pole for the Feature Race, whilst he was also hit with a five-place grid drop for his failure to reduce his speed.

Iwasa meanwhile improved to second at the checkered flag but his fastest lap was deleted which demoted him to seventh in Group A, whilst a 10 place grid penalty meant that he was forced to start the Sprint Race from 20th.

Position Driver Team Time 
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m 21.348
2 Jack Doohan Virtuosi + 0.084
3 Liam Lawson Carlin + 0.151
4 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP + 0.386
5 Dennis Hauger PREMA + 0.469
6 Ralph Boschung Campos + 0.511
7 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS + 0.554
8 Calan Williams Trident + 0.637
9 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 1.355
10 Amaury Cordeel VAR + 1.414
11 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz + 2.802

Qualifying Group B

Sargeant was first out in Qualifying Group B with Richard Verschoor setting the benchmark time of 1m 29.993, just before everyone except Clement Novalak pitted for fresh tyres as the Frenchman went top with 1m 29.322.

Novalak then posted a proper representative lap time of 1m 23.884 to stay top in the seventh minute but Sargeant went 1.654s quicker two minutes later, with the American displaced by Nissany a further two minutes later as the Israelian went faster by 0.052s.

Enzo Fittipaldi, Juri Vips then Theo Pourchaire all went fastest in the 14th minute but Pourchaire’s fastest lap of 1m 21.535 wasn’t enough to beat Drugovich’s time in Group A, which handed the Brazilian pole for the Feature Race with the rest of Group A lined up in the odd-numbered grid slots.

Those in Group B meanwhile were lined up in the even-numbered grid slots which meant that Drugovich and Pourchaire shared the front row for the Feature Race, whilst Hughes claimed reverse-pole for the Sprint Race.

Drugovich also picked up two points for pole position which extended his title lead over Pourchaire to 28 points.

Position Driver Team Time 
1 Theo Pourchaire ART GP 1m 21.535
2 Juri Vips Hitech GP + 0.083
3 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz + 0.184
4 Jehan Daruvala PREMA + 0.393
5 Jake Hughes VAR + 0.476
6 Roy Nissany DAMS + 0.482
7 Logan Sargeant Carlin + 0.537
8 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport + 1.645
9 Marino Sato Virtuosi + 1.706
10 Olli Caldwell Campos + 1.963
11 Richard Verschoor Trident No Time Set


Sprint Race

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Following a 25 minute delay due to a messy conclusion to F1 Qualifying, F2’s Sprint Race got off to a disastrous start for Hughes as the Brit stalled as the lights went green which allowed Hauger to sweep into the lead ahead of Daruvala, Armstrong, Fittipaldi and Vips.

Pourchaire meanwhile overtook Doohan for sixth on the opening lap with the top seven all holding position in a quiet opening stint, as championship leader – Drugovich picked up damage in a collision at Saint Devote, which ruined his race following tyre change blunders at MP Motorsport.

Drugovich consequently was forced to retire from the race after the team held discussions with race control.

Up front, Hauger controlled the pace from Daruvala with a steady gap of around one-and-a-half seconds until the Safety Car was deployed on Lap 10, after Iwasa had squeezed Novalak into the wall at Rascasse to end the Frenchman’s race.

Iwasa consequently was hit with a 10s time penalty for the collision whilst Hauger led the field back racing on Lap 14, as the Norwegian continued to comfortably control the pace to clinch his maiden F2 victory from PREMA teammate, Daruvala who fought off Armstrong for second.

Fittipaldi, Vips, Pourchaire, Doohan and Lawson rounded out the top eight with Doohan also picking up a point for the fastest lap.

In the driver standings, Pourchaire reduced his deficit to Drugovich down to 25 points by virtue of finishing sixth, whilst his title rival failed to even finish the race.

Boschung meanwhile withdrew from both races due to a neck injury.

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Dennis Hauger PREMA 30 44m 28.491
2 Jehan Daruvala PREMA 30 + 6.711
3 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 30 + 7.267
4 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz 30 + 13.164
5 Juri Vips Hitech GP 30 + 14.566
6 Theo Pourchaire ART GP 30 + 15.829
7 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 30 + 17.365
8 Liam Lawson Carlin 30 + 21.670
9 Roy Nissany DAMS 30 + 22.838
10 Logan Sargeant Carlin 30 + 23.031
11 Frederik Vesti ART GP 30 + 26.356
12 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz 30 + 31.338
13 Richard Verschoor Trident 30 + 32.414
14 Calan Williams Trident 30 + 44.226
15 Marino Sato Virtuosi 30 + 44.652
16 Olli Caldwell Campos 30 + 45.245
17 Amaury Cordeel VAR 30 + 47.270
18 Jake Hughes VAR 30 + 55.403
19 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 30 + 55.751
RET Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 11 Tyre
RET Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 8 Collision
WD Ralph Boschung Campos 0 Neck

Feature Race

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A chaotic start saw the race delayed 15 minutes then Lawson and Nissany both stalled at the start of the formation lap, yet Drugovich got a clean start to lead Pourchaire, Doohan and Vips as the top four all opted for the soft tyre in their opening stints.

Hauger meanwhile opted for the alternate strategy of starting on super-soft tyres which saw him launch from ninth to fifth in the opening corners.

Up front, Drugovich swiftly built a gap to Pourchaire of around three seconds but a mistake from the Brazilian on Lap Nine allowed Pourchaire to find momentum, with last year’s Feature Race winner proceeding to place the pressure on Drugovich.

Hauger meanwhile pitted from fifth on Lap 10 and dropped to 15th but quickly showed his raw pace on the soft tyres, which looked set to put him in contention for the win until the Safety Car was deployed on Lap 19 after Amaury Cordeel crashed out of the final corner on the preceding lap.

Those who begun on the soft tyres consequently pitted on Lap 20 with Drugovich retaining his lead ahead of Pourchaire as Vips jumped Doohan for third, whilst Fittipaldi and Armstrong held onto fifth and sixth respectively.

Once racing resumed on Lap 22, the top 12 all held position as Lawson passed Sato into Loews Hairpin for 13th, only to then make contact with Novalak at the same corner on the next lap to end the latter’s race and bring the Safety Car back out.

The race recommenced on Lap 26 as everyone held position with Drugovich quickly locked in a tense duel for victory against a much-faster Pourchaire who hustled his ART GP car within Drugovich’s mirrors until the checkered flag but unable to make a race-winning overtake.

Vips finished third ahead of Doohan, Fittipaldi, Armstrong and Hauger who all rounded out the top seven.

Daruvala lost eighth on Lap 37 to Calan Williams but regained the position a lap later at Tabac with Logan Sargeant following through, as Williams eventually was taken out at Lowes Hairpin on the final lap by Iwasa who made a late inside lunge.

Marino Sato consequently picked up the final point in 10th place.

In the driver standings, Drugovich’s victory meant that the Brazilian extended his lead in the title race to 32 points over Pourchaire with Daruvala a further 28 points behind in third place.

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 42 1h 02m 35.675
2 Theo Pourchaire ART GP 42 + 0.827
3 Juri Vips Hitech GP 42 + 8.042
4 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 42 + 12.954
5 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz 42 + 13.534
6 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 42 + 14.746
7 Dennis Hauger PREMA 42 + 15.301
8 Jehan Daruvala PREMA 42 + 15.721
9 Logan Sargeant Carlin 42 + 16.164
10 Marino Sato Virtuosi 42 + 24.165
11 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz 42 + 27.670
12 Richard Verschoor Trident 42 + 27.755
13 Jake Hughes VAR 42 + 30.513
14 Frederik Vesti ART GP 42 + 31.625
15 Olli Caldwell Campos 42 + 32.609
16 Calan Williams Trident 41 + 1 Lap
17 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 41 + 1 Lap
RET Liam Lawson Carlin 38 Mechanical
RET Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 22 Collision
RET Amaury Cordeel VAR 18 Crash
RET Roy Nissany DAMS 9 Mechanical
WD Ralph Boschung Campos 0 Neck