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FIA F2 Barcelona

F2 Spain: Crawford takes commanding win, Correa charges back to podium

Jak Crawford claims breakthrough Formula 2 victory while Juan Manuel Correa fights back to secure an emotional podium finish

Jak Crawford, Dams

Jak Crawford, Dams

Photo by: Dutch Photo Agency

Jak Crawford became the tenth different winner of the Formula 2 season after executing an undercut strategy on championship leader Paul Aron in the Spanish feature race.

Crawford proved his pace across the Spanish weekend to take his first win of the season from Franco Colapinto and Juan Manuel Correa, with the latter likely to steal the headlines after making the alternate strategy work to claim a first podium since making his F2 return – this after being stripped of a podium on Saturday.

It was a composed start for polesitter Aron who led Crawford and Colapinto into the first corner, but there was chaos behind as Saturday’s sprint race winner, Victor Martins, got tangled with Dennis Hauger and caused the safety car to be called into early action.

Hauger, who started on the soft tyre, had made a rocket start and climbed six positions before he climbed across the Turn 2 kerbs and bounced his MP Motorsport entry into the side of Martins’ ART.

While behind the safety car, Roman Stanek (Trident) reported that Andrea Kimi Antonelli (Prema) was trailing dry ice that was “flying into my eyes”, something that contravenes the regulations. The pair were together on the track after both being forced to start from the pitlane – Antonelli failing to launch from the grid for the formation lap after qualifying in fifth.

With tyre wear extremely high at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, AIX driver Joshua Durksen began to make moves through the front order with his hard rubber, climbing past Isack Hadjar for sixth on lap eight.

And it was at the end of that tour that those on soft tyres began to bail for the harder compound, most notably Crawford from second in a bid to undercut Aron. From fifth, Invicta pitted Gabriel Bortoleto on lap 10.

Top two Aron and Colapinto stopped on lap 11 with both drivers enduring slow stops. As the pair returned to the track, Crawford found himself sandwiched between the pair but, with his tyres warm already, he quickly found a way through to gain the net race lead.

As the pit stop shake up played out, the Virtual Safety Car was briefly deployed to allow for the recovery of Taylor Barnard’s AIX entry which had stopped near to the pit entry.

Having begun to put pressure on Crawford, Aron’s chance of victory disintegrated on Lap 15 when a snap of oversteer saw him lose control and slide into the gravel at the final corner. His return to the track was then quickly under investigation by the stewards after he cut across the front of Zak O’Sullivan. No further action was the quickly given decision.

Lap 17 then saw disaster for Durksen, who was leading the race on the hard tyre but was yet to stop. With a gap of 28 seconds to the lead drivers that had stopped, the AIX driver had looked likely to achieve a top five finish.

Following this latest virtual safety car period, Aron battled his way past O’Sullivan while Bortoleto made a move on Colapinto for a net second place – both using the tow into Turn 1. These positions were again reversed a handful of laps later, with Colapinto appearing more willing to push his tyres harder than the Invicta driver at that point.

With 10 laps to go, leader Juan Manuel Correra (DAMS) stopped to rid himself of his hard tyres and fit the softs, dropping him to sixth after the remaining drivers pitted.

Aron’s recovery drive continued at this point, as he used DRS to pass Bortoleto for what would be a net third place.

But this position came under threat from an unlikely source as Correa made light work of Hadjar and Bortoleto. Such was the concern over his pace that Colapinto – six seconds up the road – was warned to speed up to negate the danger.

On lap 33, with five remaining, Correa made his move on an utterly defenceless Aron into Turn 1 to put himself onto the podium, an outcome that he will view as retribution for Saturday, when his result was taken away through a post-race track limits penalty.

At the start of the final lap, the Invicta pit wall watched on in horror as team-mates Bortoleto and Kush Maini collided at Turn 1, although both were able to reach the chequered flag in sixth and seventh, albeit with damage.

Crawford took the flag by 1.4s from Colapinto, while Correa’s charge ended shortly after his pass on Aron with the tyre compounds levelling on pace.

Cla Driver # Laps Time Interval km/h Pits Points Retirement Bonus
1 United States J. Crawford DAMS Lucas Oil 7 37


2 Argentina F. Colapinto MP Motorsport 12 37



3 United States J. Correa DAMS Lucas Oil 8 37



P. Aron Hitech Pulse-Eight
17 37



5 France I. Hadjar Campos Racing 20 37



6 India K. Maini Invicta Racing 9 37



G. Bortoleto Invicta Racing
10 37



8 Barbados Z. Maloney Rodin Motorsport 5 37



9 Belgium A. Cordeel Hitech Pulse-Eight 16 37



P. Martí Campos Racing
21 37



11 Brazil E. Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 14 37



12 Italy A. Antonelli Prema Powerteam 4 37



13 Japan R. Miyata Rodin Motorsport 6 37



14 United Kingdom O. Bearman Prema Powerteam 3 37



15 United Kingdom Z. O'Sullivan ART Grand Prix 2 37



16 Mexico R. Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 15 37



17 Czech Republic R. Staněk Trident 23 37



dnf Netherlands R. Verschoor Trident 22 35

2 laps

J. Duerksen PHM AIX Racing
24 16

21 laps

T. Barnard PHM AIX Racing
25 11

26 laps

dnf France V. Martins ART Grand Prix 1 36


dnf Norway D. Hauger MP Motorsport 11 36





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