WATCH: Alpine F1 Hopeful Zhou Loses F2 Championship Lead After Spinning Out at Silverstone

Published 07/17/2021, 10:11 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 4, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


F2 championship leader Guanyu Zhou had a shocking start to his Sprint race at the British Grand Prix. The Alpine junior got a bit throttle-happy as he spun on his own before the first DRS straight at Silverstone.

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The spin proved costly as he retired out of the race on the opening lap. The result meant that Zhou could not add points to his championship tally and fell down to third behind Piastri and Schwartzman.

Zhou will look to bounce back in the feature race to salvage his weekend and try to keep himself in the championship fight.

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Robert Schwartzman wins the F2 sprint race to take the championship lead from the Alpine junior

The Russian driver took the lead the start from Christian Lundgaard after starting from P3. Robert calmly executed the Safety Car restarts to finish ahead of Juri Vips and reverse pole-sitter Lundgaard.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Felipe Drugovich finished fourth, ahead of ART driver Theo Pourchaire. While the Alpine academy driver Guanyu Zhou retired from the race, fellow academy member Oscar Piastri finished the race in the sixth position. Piastri has also moved ahead of Zhou in the F2 standings.

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As reported by racefans, F1 is introducing sprint qualifying at the British Grand Prix to attract more audiences and hopefully closer racing. After the Friday Qualifying session, Lewis Hamilton secured the fastest lap to start on the front position at the sprint qualifying.

But the Mercedes driver expects the event to be boring and uneventful. “It will just be a train, probably,” said the 7-time world champion.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“Hopefully, there will be some overtaking, but most likely it won’t be too exciting.”

The race winner of sprint qualifying would start from P1 for Sunday’s race. The format has thrown a spanner in the preparations for the team as they would go into the race with limited data about the car.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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