Renault junior Christian Lundgaard controlled proceedings in the final Formula 2 race of the weekend at Mugello to take his second victory of the season.

Lundgaard was leading Saturday’s feature race from pole position before two late safety car periods produced chaotic scenes that resulted in the ART Grand Prix driver been shuffled down to sixth place.

He immediately bounced back at the start of the reverse-grid race by charging past Red Bull junior Juri Vips and reverse-grid polesitter Artem Markelov to vault from third on the grid into the race lead.

As Markelov held up the chasing pack, Lundgaard sprinted clear out front and established an early race advantage that he’d maintain all the way to the chequered flag.

It caps off a successful day for Renault juniors after Lundgaard’s Renault stablemate Oscar Piastri clinched the FIA Formula 3 title in the last race of the season earlier on Sunday.

Haas Formula 1 reserve driver Louis Deletraz made his way from sixth on the grid to third place on the opening lap and passed Markelov around the outside of the first corner on the sixth lap to move into second place.

Charouz Racing System’s Deletraz was unable to make an impression on Lundgaard’s lead but did secure his second podium of the weekend – the first time he has scored a double-podium in his four years in the series.

DAMS’ Vips completed the podium positions to earn his maiden F2 podium in only his third weekend deputising for the injured Sean Gelael.

Mick Schumacher had a muted run to fourth place to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship, while Hitech GP pair Nikita Mazepin and Luca Ghiotto came to blows behind him.

Mazepin, the winner of yesterday’s feature race, locked up at Turn 1 whilst defending from Ghiotto and slid into his team-mate.

A virtual safety car was required to recover Ghiotto’s stricken car while Mazepin pitted from fifth place just as the race restarted for repairs and his misery was compounded when he was slapped with a 10-second penalty.

Renault junior Guanyu Zhou charged from 20th on the grid to finish in fifth place, just behind his ex-Formula 3 team-mate Schumacher.

Zhou’s UNI-Virtuosi team-mate Callum Ilott, who lost the points lead to Schumacher on Saturday, finished in sixth place from 12th on the grid.

Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala pipped reigning Euroformula Open champion Marino Sato to seventh place by just 0.037 seconds, but eighth place still marks Sato’s first points finish in F2.

Red Bull and Honda protege Yuki Tsunoda lost a likely points finish after breaking his front wing following contact with MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich at the Luco left-hand.

DAMS’ Dan Ticktum, who made contact with Tsunoda in the feature race was forced to pit for repairs on the opening lap after tangling with Prema’s Robert Shwartzman.

Shwartzman’s charge from the back of the grid was curtailed by a trip through the gravel whilst fighting for a place just outside the points with fellow Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong (ART).

F2 Mugello sprint race results – 23 laps

POSDRIVERTEAMGAP
1Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix37m51.980s
2Louis DeletrazCharouz Racing System14.321s
3Juri VipsDAMS14.870s
4Mick SchumacherPrema Racing18.018s
5Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi18.382s
6Callum IlottUNI-Virtuosi24.421s
7Jehan DaruvalaCarlin26.264s
8Marino SatoTrident26.301s
9Robert ShwartzmanPrema Racing31.425s
10Roy NissanyTrident32.942s
11Marcus ArmstrongART Grand Prix34.902s
12Pedro PiquetCharouz Racing System35.040s
13Jack AitkenCampos Racing35.254s
14Nobuharu MatsushitaMP Motorsport36.983s
15Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport39.072s
16Guilherme SamaiaCampos Racing48.433s
17Dan TicktumDAMS48.483s
18Nikita MazepinHitech Grand Prix50.793s
19Yuki TsunodaCarlin1m09.649s
20Artem MarkelovBWT HWA RACELAB1m21.885s
Luca GhiottoHitech Grand PrixRetirement
Giuliano AlesiBWT HWA RACELABRetirement

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