Luca Ghiotto Snatches Epic Hungarian Sprint Victory

Luca Ghiotto executed a zero stop strategy to take an epic Hungarian Sprint victory from Callum Ilott by 0.423s. (Image credit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Hitech Grand Prix’s Luca Ghiotto snatched an epic Hungarian Sprint victory from Uni-VIrtuosi’s Callum Ilott by just 0.423s in a Hungaroring thriller. 

Ilott led from pole but tyre degradation again played a massive part in forcing several drivers to unconventionally pit, with the Brit eventually forced to do so at end of lap 17 and put on soft tyres.

Ghiotto inherited the lead despite the rapid degradation on his front tyres, managing to save enough tyre life to fend off a rapidly charging Ilott who ultimately fell short by just 0.423s despite catching the Italian on faster rubber on the last lap. 

Speaking post race on that dramatic last lap, Ghiotto said; “It was a big gamble. We had to push and just manage the tyres as best we could. It just about worked out, and after a bad start to the season, we needed this weekend.” 

Mick Schumacher rounded out the podium with his second consecutive third placed finish of this weekend. 

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With a dry line having formed towards the end of the F3 race earlier in morning, everyone opted for slicks with Louis Deletraz the only front runner opting for softs rather than mediums after his struggles on that compound in the Feature Race. 

Ilott got a great launch to lead the field as Ghiotto successfully battled Deletraz for second, before settling into a rhythm as Ilott quickly built up a lead of over three seconds. 

Dan Ticktum made a great start to climb from ninth to fifth but quickly lost power and faded down the order, before pitting at end of lap four but re-joined the race on lap ten despite being five laps down on Ilott. 

Yuki Tsunoda was shown the black and orange flag on lap eight for a damaged front wing, which forced him to pit for a front nose change and softs that would ultimately force many to also pit within the next 11 laps. 

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Ilott eventually pitted at the end of lap 17 after Ghiotto begun to reel him in and quickly unleashed a fierce charge to cut a 34 second deficit down to under a second within the next 10 laps. 

Yesterday’s Feature Race winner, Robert Shwartzman struggled to warm his tyres up following his pit stop and allowed Deletraz, Schumacher and Jehan Daruvala to pass on warmer tyres. 

Ghiotto and HWA Racelab’s Giuliano Alesi found themselves occupying the top two spots after choosing not to pit, with the Italian leading by 25 seconds at start of lap 22 as Ilott reeled Alesi in and made the move into turn 12 for second place. 

Ilott then quickly begun ripping four second a lap off Ghiotto but eventually fell short as Ghiotto clung on for the win by 0.423s, despite his tyres being completely dead come the final lap. 

Schumacher clinched third with a stunning lunge down the inside of Deletraz into the final corner on lap 23, with Shwartzman and Nikita Mazepin eventually sandwiching the pair in fourth and fifth positions. 

Daruvala and Guanyu Zhou rounded out the points in seventh and eighth positions. 

Shwartzman continues to lead the drivers’ standings from Ilott despite seeing his championship lead slightly reduced from 22 to 18 points, as Christian Lundgaard rounds out the top three despite failing to score any points this weekend.

 

Results

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP 28 45m 04.725
2 Callum Ilott Uni-Virtuosi 28 + 0.423
3 Mick Schumacher Prema 28 + 11.762
4 Robert Shwartzman Prema 28 + 13.818
5 Nikita Mazepin Hitech 28 + 15.152
6 Louis Deletraz Charouz 28 + 23.451
7 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 28 + 23.831
8 Guanyu Zhou Uni-Virtuosi 28 + 32.230
9 Marcus Armstrong ART GP 28 + 34.275
10 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab 28 + 39.283
11 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport 28 + 42.731
12 Sean Gelael DAMSS 28 + 44.953
13 Christian Lundgaard ART G 28 + 46.926
14 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab 28 + 51.733
15 Pedro Piquet Charouz 28 + 52.231
16 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 28 + 55.890
17 Roy Nissany Trident 28 + 64.365
18 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 28 + 73.806
19 Jack Aitken Campos 28 + 75.656
20 Marino Sato Trident 28 + 83.059
21 Guilherme Samaia Campos 27 + 1 Lap
22 Dan Ticktum DAMS 23 + 5 Laps

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