Mick Schumacher Wins 2020 Italian Feature Race to Blow Title Race Wide Open

Mick Schumacher took advantage of a costly error from Callum Ilott to win the Italian Feature Race. (Image credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Mick Schumacher benefitted from a costly mistake by Callum Ilott to take victory in the 2020 Italian Feature Race and blow the Formula Two title race wide open. 

Ilott made a great start to fend off Schumacher who made a lightning getaway from seventh to jump up to second, only to stall at his pit stop on lap 12, which gifted Schumacher a maiden F2 Feature Race win when he stopped one lap later.

Luca Ghiotto survived a scary three abreast moment into Variante to jump Yuki Tsunoda at his stop before passing Christian Lundgaard with inside move into Variante on lap 28.

Tsunoda clung onto fourth whilst Guanyu Zhou executed the alternative strategy to a fifth-placed finish ahead of Ilott, who fended off Dan Ticktum at the flag.

Louis Deletraz finished eighth to clinch reverse grid pole ahead of Robert Shwartzman and Jehan Daruvala who round out the top ten.

In terms of the championship standings, Shwartzman still leads Ilott by virtue of three victories to the Brit’s two with Schumacher sat three points behind in third, ahead of Tsunoda who is 11 points behind in fourth.

Ilott made the perfect start to lead from pole position as Schumacher climbed to second. (Image credit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Ilott made a clean getaway from Tsunoda as Ghiotto got bogged down from third whilst Schumacher made a superb launch to sweep through into second ahead of Lundgaard by the time everyone reached Variante.

Schumacher soon set about chasing down Ilott who produced a solid defence until Schumacher dropped away

Tsunoda claimed third from Lundgaard on lap five but the Dane recovered the position a lap later into Variante as Ghiotto ran wide down the escape road after the trio went three abreast into the tight first corner, with Ghiotto getting squeezed onto the grass by Tsunoda in the process.

Pit stops soon began with Ilott holding out until lap 12 but his UNI-Virtuosi suddenly stalled as he re-joined the race which sent him crashing to second last and behind Shwartzman who had dropped to 17th at the start, which gave Schumacher the net lead when he stopped a lap later.

Ilott tweeted post race that he was ‘Flat out during the pit stop and releasing the clutch as normal, so don’t really understand what to do differently.’

Nissany meanwhile squeezed Mazepin wide into the gravel on the exit of Variante that same lap to ultimately ruin the Russian’s alternative strategy before he eventually retired a few laps from the end.

Ghiotto leapfrogged Tsunoda for net third when he stopped on lap 15, three laps later than the Japanese driver who found himself driving a solid race to an eventual fourth placed finish.

Ticktum consequently inherited the lead from Zhou and stopped on lap 19 after the latter made his stop a lap earlier as both drivers found themselves passed by Ilott on their outlaps on fresh soft tyres, with Juri Vips being the last to stop on lap 20 to allow Schumacher back through into the lead which he held to the flag.

Ghiotto meanwhile set about chasing Lundgaard down for second and got his reward on lap 28 with the help of DRS into Variante.

Ilott meanwhile was on a charge through the pack after his disastrous stop as he reeled off fellow Ferrari juniors in Marcus Armstrong and Shwartzman for sixth, before getting Deletraz for fifth into Variante on lap 24.

Ilott’s tyres however began to hit the cliff as Zhou followed through on the softer compound and eventually snatched fifth from his teammate as Ilott found himself fending off Ticktum to the flag, whilst Deletraz just clung onto reverse pole ahead of Shwartzman and Daruvala.

Deletraz therefore starts the Sprint Race from pole with Ticktum and Ilott just behind him, as Schumacher starts eighth just ahead of Shwartzman in what should be a mouth-watering battle that could be key in the title race between the Ferrari juniors of Ilott, Schumacher and Shwartzman.

 

Race Result

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Mick Schumacher Prema 30 48m 24.641
2 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP 30 + 3.185
3 Christian Lundgaard ART GP 30 + 7.321
4 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 30 + 9.279
5 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 30 + 12.553
6 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi 30 + 15.145
7 Dan Ticktum DAMS 30 + 15.291
8 Louis Deletraz Charouz 30 + 17.561
9 Robert Shwartzman Prema 30 + 18.238
10 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 30 + 21.154
11 Juri Vips DAMS 30 + 23.947
12 Pedro Piquet Charouz 30 + 25.004
13 Jack Aitken Campos 30 + 27.859
14 Marcus Armstrong ART GP 30 + 28.379
15 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport 30 + 28.666
16 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 30 + 29.257
17 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab 30 + 29.927
18 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab 30 + 30.343
19 Roy Nissany Trident 30 + 33.081
20 Marino Sato Trident 30 + 51.408
21 Guilherme Samaia Campos 30  +52.406
22 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP 27 Mechanical

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