Written by Juan Arroyo
Frederik Vesti extended his FIA Formula 2 championship lead with a second-season victory in the Sprint Race at Barcelona.
Amaury Cordeel of Invicta Virtuosi initially led the race, while Vesti attempted to pass Jak Crawford of Hitech Pulse-Eight for P2. Unfortunately, they collided, forcing Crawford to retire. Vesti continued in second place.
On lap 2, Vesti overtook Cordeel after the Virtuosi driver ran wide in Turn 10. Cordeel's position continued to drop as Martins, Pourchaire, and Doohan passed him on laps 4, 12, and 12 respectively.
Reflecting on the race, Vesti said, "It's P1 in the Sprint Race in Barcelona, a good recovery after a difficult qualifying. We started third in very difficult conditions, with wet tyres and contact in T1. We gained the lead early and maintained it. It suddenly dried up, and the safety car came, so we switched to slick tyres."
Juan Manuel Correa of Van Amersfoort Racing lost control of his car on lap 20, resulting in a Virtual Safety Car followed by a full Safety Car deployment.
Vesti held onto his lead in the final four laps after the Safety Car period. Martins was initially close behind but was later overtaken by his ART teammate, Théo Pourchaire. This victory marks Vesti's third win of the season.
"There was a lot of pressure because, obviously, the track was still slippery. We managed to build a small gap and win the race, so great job PREMA for all the strategy calls."
Vesti leads the championship with 99 points, closely followed by Théo Pourchaire with 93. Ayumu Iwasa, a Red Bull junior, holds third place with 70 points, while Maini and Hauger complete the top five with 53 and 49 points respectively.