Jake Hughes secured pole position for the sprint race with tenth place in qualifying on Friday. However, on his final lap, the Van Amersfoort Racing driver suffered a serious crash, forcing the team to work hard to repair the car for the sprint race. That was not a problem in the end and Hughes was able to take first place on the grid for the first of two Formula 2 races in Monaco.
It would stop there, however, as Hughes abandoned his car at the start and then watched the entire field go by. The Briton would eventually finish the race, but he couldn’t get past nineteenth place. However, Dennis Hauger was also able to benefit from this: From second on the grid, he had a clear path towards the first corner, where he would emerge as the leader. Prema teammate Jehan Daruvala took second place ahead of Marcus Armstrong and Enzo Fittipaldi. Behind them, Jüri Vips and Jack Doohan collided briefly, but both drivers were able to continue unharmed. Doohan had to watch at Mirabeau as Theo Pourchaire overtook him for P6.
Little changed in the order until the safety car came out on lap 9. Clement Novalak ended up in the guardrail at Rascasse after Ayumu Iwasa made a very optimistic attempt to overtake. The Japanese was therefore penalized while the MP Motorsport driver’s race ended prematurely. It was a disastrous first race in Monaco for MP Motorsport after Felipe Drugovich pitted on the first lap. Due to some raindrops he switched to wet tires but that turned out to be the wrong choice. For the rest it stayed dry and at some point the Brazilian leaders would also be out.
On lap fourteen the race resumed and Hauger held the lead relatively easily from Drugovich and Armstrong. It didn’t take long for the Norwegian, the reigning Formula 3 Champion, to strike a chord with his team-mate. The gap finally stagnated at around five seconds, but that was more than enough for Hauger’s first victory in Formula 2. Daruvala and Armstrong also finished on the podium as numbers two and three. Fittipaldi held fourth place to the finish, closely followed by Vips, Pourchaire and Doohan. The final point went to Liam Lawson while Roy Nissany and Logan Sargeant completed the top ten. Richard Verschoor fought his way up after failing to qualify. With a good start and a solid race he finished thirteenth.
The Formula 2 main race in Monaco starts on Sunday at 9.50 a.m.