Piastri extends Formula 2 lead on golden day for Australian motorsport

Australian Oscar Piastri has extended his lead of the Formula 2 championship following a dominant win of the feature race at Monza on a champagne day for Australian motor racing.

Starting from the front of the grid, Piastri navigated his way through a tricky race to take the win and the full 29 points on offer for converting his pole position into a win.

The Victorian was able to hold off rival Guanyu Zhou and the fast-finishing Dan Ticktum, who moved from 11th to third in a stunning final few laps in which he took advantage of fresh tyres following the third safety car of the race.

Piastri was almost overtaken on the restart, with a lock-up on old tyres almost gifting Zhou the lead, but the Australian was able to stay in front.

The checkered flag would ultimately be waved in front of a fourth safety car, with Piastri leading.

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“Leading the championships is always good and extending it is even better,” Piastri said after the race.

“I really wanted to get a feature race win on the board, that was the one thing I was kind of missing this year.

“We made some good improvements from yesterday and our pace was really strong. It’s another box ticked off in my rookie year, so I am very happy.”

The win kickstarted a famous day for Australian motor racing, with Daniel Ricciardo securing a sensational win of the Formula One race just hours later.

The Alpine Academy driver Piastri will head into the next round at the Sochi Autodrom with a 15-point lead over his UNI-Virtuosi rival Zhou.

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