Pit box incident on Saturday dashes Luca Ghiotto’s chances in Austria

Germany’s Günther drove over an air line of Campos Vexatec Racing and two mechanics were knocked down. Ghiotto, who was heading into the pit box, lost precious time and dropped down the order. Nissany’s early retirement in race 1 also made things difficult

Luca Ghiotto and Campos Vexatec Racing claimed a double podium finish in Le Castellet last weekend but it was impossible to extend the rostrum streak at Red Bull Ring as Roy Nissany and Ghiotto himself had poor luck in Spielberg.

Just like in the free practice session, traffic made extremely difficult to put a perfect lap together in qualifying. It explains why Ghiotto couldn’t improve his lap time of 1m14.309s and lined up 11th on the starting grid. Nissany set to start from row ten with a lap of 1m15.436s.

Both race starts were given under the safety car with a rolling start. The FIA Formula 2 Championship decided to choose rolling starts due to safety reasons following stalling issues experienced at Paul Ricard. Ghiotto was moved up to 9th on lap 5 just when the safety car was deployed. However, Maximilian Günther drove over an air line of Campos Vexatec Racing when leaving his pit box and two mechanics of the Spain-based team were knocked down. As a result, Ghiotto lost valuable seconds during his pit stop and rejoined in 16th place. The Italian young ace still managed to gain three places to finish 13th. Nissany’s race came to an early end as he retired after four laps.

Today, both drivers started from the back of the field and they experienced a difficult race 2. Finally, Ghiotto took the checkered flag in 13th and Nissany came 17th.

The FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place at Silverstone next weekend.


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