Hungary F2: Schumacher resists Matsushita for first win

Mick Schumacher scored his first race victory in Formula 2 in Sunday morning’s sprint race at the Hungaroring.

The Prema driver, who started on pole after finishing eighth in Saturday’s first race, maintained the advantage at the start ahead of Carlin driver Nobuharu Matsushita, and fended off his rival for the remainder of the 28-lap distance.

Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael, finally crossed the line with 1.4 seconds in hand over Matsushita for his first win at F2 level.

“Amazing race,” said the 20-year-old. “The car was great, thank you for the team. Credit to Nobu who kept me entertained. It wasn’t easy.

“I am just so happy. Quite hard. Obviously the tyres were degrading and not easy to keep them alive, always having pressure and checking mirrors. It was entertaining.”

The gap between the lead pair fluctuated throughout the race, as Honda protege Matsushita appeared to cool his tyres and then close back in on Schumacher.

Matsushita also fended off a mid-race attack from DAMS driver Sergio Sette Camara, who scored the final spot on the podium ahead of MP Motorsport’s Jordan King.

Fifth went to Renault junior Jack Aitken (Campos), while points leader Nyck de Vries (ART Grand Prix) jumped Saturday race winner and nearest title rival Nicholas Latifi (DAMS) for sixth.

It means the gap between de Vries and Latifi stands at 30 with four rounds remaining.

Luca Ghiotto (UNI-Virtuosi) scored the final point in eighth after making a poor start from fourth on the grid, the Italian slipping to fourth in the title race behind Sette Camara.

Tatiana Calderon (Arden) was the sole non-finisher of the race, terminally damaging her suspension after early contact with Arjun Maini (Campos).

Race results:

19 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam28 
22 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin281.4
35 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS283.3
416 Jordan King MP Motorsport284.1
515 Jack Aitken Campos Racing284.9
64 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix2811.4
76 Nicholas Latifi DAMS2812.3
88 Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi2812.9
97 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi2813.8
1011 Callum Ilott Charouz Racing System2823.8
1119 Anthoine Hubert Arden International2826.8
1220 Giuliano Alesi Trident2829.5
131 Louis Deletraz Carlin2835.7
1412 Juan Manuel Correa Charouz Racing System2838.5
153 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix2839.9
1614 Arjun Maini Campos Racing2840.0
1710 Sean Gelael Prema Powerteam2840.7
1821 Ralph Boschung Trident2842.8
1917 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport2859.6
 18 Tatiana Calderon Arden International721 laps

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