Piastri with one hand on F2 Championship as horrific crash overshadows race

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Oscar Piastri celebrates winning the Formula Two Feature Race. Image: F2/Twitter

Australian Oscar Piastri has one hand on the Formula Two Championship after winning a shortened Feature Race on Sunday night.

The start of the race was marred after Theo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittipaldi collided on the grid, sending both drivers to the hospital.

The Crash

As the lights went out to signal the start of the race, it was Pourchaire who stalled on the grid and was unable to get going before Fittipaldi collided from behind, sending shockwaves through the crowd.

Ambulances were deployed and both drivers were conscious in their cars as Dan Ticktum and Liam Lawson also collided.

The red flag was immediately waved to suspend the race and all cars returned to the pit lane.

Pourchaire confirmed on Twitter post-race that he was recovering well and sent well wishes to the Brazilian-American Fittipaldi.

Fittipaldi’s elder brother and Haas F1 reserve driver Pietro sent out a tweet after the race with an update on Enzo’s condition.

This wasn’t the only crash of the evening, with several cars crashing in the Formula One race, which was won spectacularly by Lewis Hamilton.

Race Resumption

After a lengthy 40-minute delay, the race restarted behind the safety car and officials confirmed the race would only last for 16 minutes, due to the impending Formula One race.

Piastri was able to hold off teammate Robert Shwartzman heading into the first corner whilst chaos ensued behind once again.

After just seven minutes, the safety car was deployed yet again after Ollie Caldwell and Guilherme Samaia crashed.

The race was red-flagged for a second time and was eventually called off, giving Piastri the win over second-placed Shwartzman. Swiss driver Ralph Boschung rounded out the podium.

The FIA awarded half-points due to the shortened length of the race but it was enough to secure a third Feature Race win of 2021 for the Australian.

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Fellow Aussie Jack Doohan, son of Mick, finished 13th in his debut Formula Two race.

Piastri and Shwartzman’s PREMA Racing was confirmed as the 2021 Formula Two Teams Title winners with an unassailable lead over Carlin and UNI-Virtuosi.

What’s next for Piastri?

Formula Two will finish their season in Abu Dhabi next weekend, with Piastri needing just four points across the Feature Race and two Sprint Races to secure the Formula Two title.

It is a spectacular rise for the 20-year-old Melbourne native after last year clinching the Formula Three title.

Piastri will spend 2022 as the reserve driver for Alpine in Formula One, deputising for Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.

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