Silverstone F2: Aitken wins after audacious pass on Deletraz

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Silverstone F2: Aitken wins after audacious pass on Deletraz
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Renault Formula 1 junior Jack Aitken made a sensational late move on Louis Deletraz stick to take the Formula 2 sprint race win in tricky conditions at Silverstone.

Campos driver Aitken made a demon start to run third behind Carlin's Deletraz and Nyck de Vries (ART Grand Prix) in the early stages.

Deletraz was able to move one second clear while de Vries and Aitken battled, but Aitken made a late move at Village stick on lap seven of 21 edged clear of de Vries.

The British-South Korean driver began eating into Deletraz’s margin, and came from over a second back with five laps to go, launching himself up the inside at Brooklands in a daring move.

Aitken then pulled away and was over three seconds clear at the finish, wrapping up his second victory of the season.

De Vries appeared to struggle once passed by Aitken, and slow-starting pole-sitter Callum Ilott (Sauber Junior Team) was on his tail for much of the race. But Ilott struggled to remain close to de Vries in the quick corners and was unable to make a move.

Nicholas Latifi (DAMS) took fifth, after feature race winner Luca Ghiotto (UNI-Virtuosi) suffered a left-rear puncture in the closing stages and had to pit.

As Ghiotto fell to 15th place, Latifi had to hold off the charging Mick Schumacher who came from 11th to take sixth at the end, despite getting air as Latifi edged him wide at the exit of Stowe.

The Ferrari junior was alone in representing Prema after teammate Sean Gelael withdrew, but continued his strong form in sprint races to score points.

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Honda junior Nobuharu Matsushita ensured two Carlins reached the top seven, by jumping Ghiotto’s Virtuosi teammate Guan Yu Zhou. The latter had tried to pass Schumacher but was then vulnerable himself and Matsushita edged ahead of him at Copse.

Behind Zhou – who took the final point – Jordan King (MP Motorsport) and Juan Manuel Correa (Sauber) made up the top 10.

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Series FIA F2
Event Silverstone
Drivers Jean-Denis Deletraz
Teams Carlin
Author Jack Benyon