However, there is still a question mark over Felipe Drugovich’s victory in the Formula 2 main race in Barcelona. This because of a possible violation at his pit stop. The Stewards will investigate this incident after the race. But the Brazilian could even afford a small penalty as he dominated under the Spanish sun.
Drugovich started Sunday’s race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from tenth place but got off to a good start. The driver from Dutch MP Motorsport immediately gained three places and was on P7 within one lap. At the front, polesitter Jack Doohan successfully defended his lead, while Frederik Vesti took over second place from Jüri Vips.
On the third lap, the safety car had to go out to allow Jehan Daruvala’s stalled Prema to be removed. At the restart on lap seven, Doohan retained the lead followed by Vesti and Vips. The latter made his pit stop at the end of the seventh lap as the first of the leaders. Because the change of his left front tire did not go smoothly, the Estonian lost many seconds.
Vesti made his pit stop on lap ten, with Doohan doing so one lap later. That put the lead in Drugovich’s hands. The overall leader drove a longer first stint and only completed his mandatory pit stop on the seventeenth of a total of 37 laps. The left front change did not go smoothly for him either, which cost him a few seconds. Drugovich came out as virtual number three, behind Doohan and Vesti.
Drugovich was significantly faster than the competition on his fresher tires. In the twentieth lap he overtook Vesti for (the virtual) P2, seven laps later Doohan also had to believe in the fight for the lead on the start-finish straight. However, after that, Drugovich could not brake. Due to a possible violation during his pit stop, he had to pull out a lead that race control will check after the race.
Should Drugovich get a five-second time penalty, he’s still the winner. His lead over number two Doohan was 5.6 seconds at the finish. In any case, Drugovich seems certain of second place, because number three Vesti finished 23.1 seconds behind. Richard Verschoor drove a colorless race and finished eighteenth behind the fallen VIPs.