Rowland wins Hungary F2 Feature Race after crash with Markelov

Oliver Rowland took a controversial victory in the Hungarian round of the Formula 2 championship, after colliding with fellow championship rival Artem Markelov in the closing stages.

Markelov and Rowland were both on the front row for the Feature Race after Charles Leclerc was disqualified from qualifying due to a technical infringement. He ended up starting from the back of the grid on the Medium tyres.

At the start into Turn 1 Markelov¬†managed to get into the lead of the race, but he wasn’t able to build up enough of a gap in the opening stages which is what prompted DAMS to attempt the undercut the Russian Time driver.

That ended up working, with Rowland emerging fifth and de-facto race leader ahead of Markelov, while Leclerc and Albon lead the race in what looked to be the final points positions.

When Leclerc eventually pitted from the Medium tyre he came out in 13th place, having lost time towards the end of the stint while Rowland worked his way through the traffic along with Markelov and team mate Nicholas Latifi.

Further back a battle between Sergio Canamasas and Robert Visou for 9th place ended rather badly when the Rapax driver went up the inside of Turn 1 from a long way back, colliding with Visou’s sidepod and taking them both out of the race.

That brought out the Safety Car and gave the advantage to Leclerc on the Soft tyres, who at the restart managed to get past three cars and get up to sixth place.

As the leaders got close Leclerc managed to make his way up to fourth place with the help of DRS, before the Safety Car came out for Markelov.

The Russian Time driver went to make a move for the lead with three laps to go on Rowland, and as the pair approached Turn 1 Markelov ran off the road as the DAMS driver did an aggressive defensive move.

Almost making contact, Markelov ran over the grass, lost control and ended up backwards across the track and into the barrier at the end of the straight. Rowland stayed in the lead and briefly came under attack from Latifi before the Safety Car was dispatched, which led to the eventual end of the race.

With Markelov’s last minute retirement that promoted Nyck De Vries to third having came from seventh, while Norman Nato finished in seventh after starting from the pits after a technical prevented him from starting sixth on the grid.

GP3 regular Santino Ferruchi scored a point on his F2 debut finishing just behind Sean Gelael in 10th – who also came back from last on the grid after spinning off in qualifying.

Photo Credit: FIA Formula 2

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