With a tenth qualifying time, Felipe Drugovich had secured pole position for the Formula 2 sprint race in Spain, but a grid penalty eventually forced him to start the race from P4. Calan Williams took advantage and took pole position ahead of Jake Hughes, Theo Pourchaire and Drugovich. Trident’s pole sitter didn’t enjoy this for long: at the start of the formation lap, Williams stalled with his car, forcing him to eventually start the race from the pits.
With no real pole sitter, the 26-lap sprint race started in Barcelona and Drugovich did best. From fourth on the grid, he catapulted himself straight into the lead ahead of Ayumu Iwasa, Logan Sargeant, Pourchaire and Hughes. Meanwhile, Richard Verschoor climbed from his 19th place on the grid to P15. While Pourchaire fell back a bit in the first phase, Verschoor was able to make up ground. The Dutchman from Trident was thirteenth after five laps and was given another place on the following lap because Jüri Vips went off the track and caused a safety car period.
The race resumed on lap ten with Drugovich’s lead not in jeopardy. The MP Motorsport driver, who also leads the championship, managed to oust his pursuer Iwasa within a few laps, a good two seconds behind. Drugovich even managed to increase the lead to about three seconds in the twentieth lap, after which he would solidify that difference in the remaining laps.
It was Drugovich’s second win of the season after winning the feature race in Jeddah. Over two seconds back, Iwasa crossed the finish line in second while Sargeant completed the podium. Behind, Jake Hughes seemed long on his way to fourth but had pushed his tires too hard in the first stage and was visibly falling behind. Jehan Daruvala finished fourth ahead of Pourchaire, Jack Doohan and Frederik Vesti. The final point went to Enzo Fittipaldi in eighth, while Liam Lawson and Marcus Armstrong complete the top ten. Verschoor couldn’t make a fist of the riders in front of him and finished 11th after gaining another place due to Clement Novalak going through the gravel on the penultimate lap.
The main Formula 2 race in Spain starts at 11.35 a.m. on Sunday morning. Pole position is then for Doohan.