Formula 1
28 Mar
Event finished
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
FP1 in
2 days
04 Apr
Event finished
Portugal GP
18 Apr
FP1 in
2 days
Formula E
24 Apr
Next event in
10 days
18 Apr
Race in
5 days
18 Apr
Practice 1 in
4 days
23 Apr
Next event in
9 days
13 Jun
Race in
60 days
20 Mar
Event finished
17 Apr
Practice 1 in
3 days

Monza F2: Makino takes shock maiden win from 14th

Honda protege Tadasuke Makino took a shock maiden Formula 2 win in the Monza feature race from 14th on the grid, leading Russian Time teammate Artem Markelov.

Monza F2: Makino takes shock maiden win from 14th

Makino was one of three drivers to start on medium tyres and, despite lining up on the grid only 14th, he found himself leading the race in just five laps as the rest of the field on supersofts struggled.

He took the lead away from Markelov, who remained his closest rival after everyone on supersofts pitted over the course of two laps, the gap between them the pair staying at around 45 seconds.

Makino maintained most of his advantage, only allowing Markelov to cut it by around five seconds and, when he completed his pitstop on lap 28 of 30, he rejoined two seconds in the clear.

On fresh supersofts, Makino cruised to the finish to take his maiden win, becoming the 10th different race winner in F2 this year, with Markelov completing a Russian Time 1-2.

Markelov was the early leader of the race from fourth on the grid, helped by Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) having to pit at the end of his formation lap, and pole-sitter George Russell bogging down.

He was temporarily passed by Alexander Albon (DAMS) but repassed him before they pitted for mediums.

As Albon lost out to Russell in the pits, the championship leader also passed Markelov on fresh mediums, but the Russian once again fought back and then led the group that started on supersofts until the finish.

Russell was subsequently passed by Albon, who ended up completing the podium, and the Mercedes junior was then engaged in a thrilling fight with title rival Lando Norris.

Carlin driver Norris pulled off a tight move from the exit of the opening chicane, but could not hold on as ART's Russell fought back and eventually secured fourth.

Norris also fell behind the second DAMS car of Nicholas Latifi, settling for sixth, and is now 13 points behind Russell in the standings.

His teammate Sette Camara impressively recovered from dropping to last as he pitted at the end of the formation lap to seventh and set the fastest lap of the race.

Local driver Antonio Fuoco (Charouz) will start Sunday's reverse grid pole as he took eighth.

MP duo Ralph Boschung and Dorian Boccolacci were the other two drivers on the same strategy as Makino, and spent most of the race second and third after the early flurry of stops.

While Boccolacci couldn't keep his tyres alive long enough and had to pit too early before retiring with a car problem, Boschung rejoined from his tyre change in seventh, and only lost two places to take ninth from 18th on the grid.

Outside title contender Nyck de Vries (Prema) took the final point in 10th.

Jack Aitken and Arjun Maini both retired from the race, while Alessio Lorandi was hit by Roy Nissany on the braking point into the Roggia chicane, the duo rounding out the order in 16th and 17th respectively.

Race results:

Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Tadasuke Makino  Russian Federation RUSSIAN TIME 49'10.197
2 Russian Federation Artem Markelov  Russian Federation RUSSIAN TIME 1.798
3 Thailand Alexander Albon  France DAMS 3.106
4 United Kingdom George Russell  France ART Grand Prix 6.178
5 Canada Nicholas Latifi  France DAMS 8.274
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris  United Kingdom Carlin 9.017
7 Sérgio Sette Camara United Kingdom Carlin 18.218
8 Italy Antonio Fuoco  Charouz Racing System 24.853
9 Switzerland Ralph Boschung  Netherlands MP Motorsport 27.131
10 Netherlands Nyck de Vries  Italy Prema Powerteam 27.203
11 Italy Luca Ghiotto  Spain Campos Racing 30.393
12 Indonesia Sean Gelael  Italy Prema Powerteam 43.580
13 Maximilian Günther  United Kingdom Arden International 45.373
14 Switzerland Louis Deletraz  Charouz Racing System 45.492
15 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi  United Kingdom Arden International 48.839
16 Italy Alessio Lorandi  Italy Trident 52.556
17 Israel Roy Nissany  Spain Campos Racing 1 Lap
18 United Kingdom Jack Aitken  France ART Grand Prix 2 Laps
Ret France Dorian Boccolacci  Netherlands MP Motorsport 6 Laps
Ret India Arjun Maini  Italy Trident 8 Laps
Monza F2: Russell bags crucial pole

Previous article

Monza F2: Russell bags crucial pole

Next article

Ferrari junior Fuoco stripped of Monza F2 sprint race pole

Ferrari junior Fuoco stripped of Monza F2 sprint race pole
Load comments

About this article

Series FIA F2
Event Monza
Sub-event Saturday race
Drivers Tadasuke Makino
Teams UNI-Virtuosi
Author David Gruz
Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success? Prime

Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success?

Going into the 2021 Formula 2 season the biggest talking point wasn’t about any drivers or teams, but the new race weekend format. Created partly out of financial necessity but also to spice up the action, the Bahrain opener provided a snapshot of the positives and negatives to come.

Apr 4, 2021
Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs Prime

Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs

He was tipped for glory in FIA Formula 2 last year, but was hampered by reliability woes at inopportune moments. Guanyu Zhou knows he won't get too many more chances if he is to become China's first F1 driver, with fierce competition within the ranks of Alpine's junior stable

Mar 25, 2021
Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates Prime

Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates

Carlin has helped guide enough drivers to Formula 1 to fill out an entire grid, plus a handful of reserves, to create a remarkable alumni list. With Yuki Tsunoda set to join that group, has ranked its graduates to grace the grand prix scene...

Formula 1
Feb 22, 2021
How Mick Schumacher earned his Haas F1 chance Prime

How Mick Schumacher earned his Haas F1 chance

Michael Schumacher may have won seven Formula 1 titles, but he didn't even compete for a crown at the second tier. Son Mick put that right in 2020, and proved to Ferrari that he was deserving of a shot at motorsport's elite category in 2021…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2021
How Aitken’s fortunes turned around for his shock F1 chance Prime

How Aitken’s fortunes turned around for his shock F1 chance

As a consequence of George Russell's step up to Mercedes to cover for the COVID-positive Lewis Hamilton, Jack Aitken will make his Formula 1 debut for Williams at the Sakhir Grand Prix. Long on F1's peripheries, Aitken finally has a chance to shine.

Formula 1
Dec 3, 2020
How F1's foundation has responded to the coronavirus threat Prime

How F1's foundation has responded to the coronavirus threat

While Formula 1 felt the public brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, the virus also put the Formula 2 and Formula 3 categories on hiatus. But their roles in feeding F1 with drivers meant their survival was crucial to their parent series' long-term future

Jun 11, 2020
The year Leclerc fully revealed his star status Prime

The year Leclerc fully revealed his star status

In the latest feature in our series looking back on the 2010s, we revisit Charles Leclerc's sensational Formula 2 season - where he strode among on-track highs and lows, as well as tragedy away from motorsport, to earn a place on the Formula 1 grid

Formula 1
Dec 26, 2019
From Formula 1 exiles to part of the family Prime

From Formula 1 exiles to part of the family

It wasn't long ago F2 drivers couldn't even get passes to the F1 paddock. Now, as Ross Brawn and Bruno Michel explain, attitudes are totally different

Formula 1
Dec 13, 2019