The DAMS driver took full advantage of the powerful launch from the front row to overhaul Lawson at the start and never headed after that. Lawson (High Tech) was forced to settle in second place ahead of his teammate Yuri Vips.
There wasn’t much action in the fight for victory, but there was a lot of overtaking as Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) climbed from 11th to 5th behind Felipe Dragovich to star.
UNI-Virtuosi Fellow Driver Guanyu Zhou was fortunate enough not to lose his position in the championship battle with point leader Oscar Piastri. National flag.
Armstrong made the best start from the front row, and after the pair squeezed the first two turns, he became muscular in front of Lawson, who had to run wide and give up the lead.
The field was unharmed and was able to navigate the first two turns, but only until turn four, when Orli Caldwell’s debut contacted Gierme Samaia and seemed to shoot the Brazilians into the inner wall, was clean running. Did not continue. The out-of-control Charlows driver tagged and spun the innocent Manri Sato and also removed the Trident machine from the race.
Following the safety car that allowed Marshall to clear the course, the race resumed on lap 4, but it didn’t take long for the race to become the second incident. Zhou tried to pass Christian Lungard (ART Grand Prix) in 6th place on Turn 1, but the pair made contact, spun a Chinese driver, went to the pits and repaired the broken front wing.
When the second race resumed after the virtual safety car, Armstrong led Lawson and Ralph Boschang (Campos) was third ahead of Vips and Dragovich.
Armstrong first soared to the lead when Lawson ran wide
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Lungard fell to 8th place after the collision with Zhou, with Theo Prussier (ART) and Robert Shwartzman (Prema) in 6th and 7th place, respectively. Meanwhile, Schwartzman’s teammate Piastri was behind the early start of Dalbara, but remained in 10th place after Zhou’s death.
After that, Schwartzman managed to pass Prussia, but off course to gain an advantage eventually resulted in a five-second penalty.
When the race reached a midpoint, Vips managed to be squeezed third by Boschung, and it didn’t take long for Drugovich to demote the Swiss to fifth.
Boshun continued to struggle for pace when he fell into Schwartzman’s clutch. Schwartzman regained his position by diving under his rivals with a hairpin after Boshun first appeared to have repelled his move.
The top four remained the same as the flag, but there was a lot of action behind it, but when 7th place Pourchaire found the barrier on turn 22, the race was neutralized for the second time by the safety car. ..
Armstrong was under pressure from Lawson on the final lap but was able to maintain his victory. Meanwhile, a stunning two-on-one pass at Dalbara’s Rungard and Piastri meant that he benefited from Schwartzman’s penalty.
The Russians were eventually placed in 6th place ahead of Lungard and charged Dan Ticktum (up from 13th place) and Piastri.
Bent Viscaal concludes the Top 10 and will start from pole position in the second sprint race, scheduled to start at 21:40 local time (1840 GMT).
F2 Jeddah-Race Results (20 laps):
Armstrong wins over Lawson and Zhou is in trouble
https://www.autosport.com/formula2/news/f2-jeddah-armstrong-holds-off-lawson-to-win-zhou-hits-trouble/6849674/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-ALL&utm_term=News&utm_content=uk Armstrong wins over Lawson and Zhou is in trouble