Nobuhara Matsushita wins the Formula 2 Saturday race at MonzSeptember 7, 2019
Honda protégé Nobuharu Matsushita won the Saturday Formula 2 race for the fourth time in his career, rising to the top of the podium in a leading youth series.
The Japanese gave a great start, rising from sixth to second place along the first lap. He then sagged on the tail of the pole owner Callum Ilott before overtaking a member of the Ferrari Racing Academy. After that, Matsushita rushed forward and with each lap came off farther, reaching the finish line with an advantage of 5.7 seconds over his closest pursuer Luke Gyotta.
For the Carlin pilot, this victory was the second in the season of 2019 after success in the first race at the Red Bull Ring in late June.
Championship leader Nick de Vries finished third. After qualification, the Dutchman was disqualified due to violations in the fuel system and started from the end of the peloton. Nevertheless, he quite easily dealt with his rivals and reached the podium. This result, coupled with only 13th place Nicolas Latifi after breaking the front wing, allowed de Vries to immediately increase his lead in the individual competition to 49 points.
Russian racer Nikita Mazepin, after a tire puncture, finished only 13th.
Of the remaining results, it is worth noting the unexpected tenth place of the Indian rookie Mahavir Ragunatan, who earned his first points in Formula 2.
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