Fittipaldi Impresses with Smart Overtakes in Saudi Arabia

Enzo Fittipaldi won the Formula 2 feature race in Saudi Arabia with smart overtakes and dedicated his victory to his late uncle Wilson, amidst a race marked by a safety car due to crashes and strategic tyre changes.

Highlights

‣ Enzo Fittipaldi won the Formula 2 feature race in Saudi Arabia, dedicating his victory to his late uncle Wilson, who had passed away a week and a half before the race.

‣ The race featured several incidents, including a spin by Pepe Marti at the start that caused Roman Stanek to retire, and a crash by Franco Colapinto that brought out another safety car.

‣ Kush Maini, starting from pole position, finished second, while Dennis Hauger secured third place in the race.

‣ Fittipaldi showcased exceptional race pace, especially on medium tyres, making crucial overtakes including a notable one for the lead on the outside of turn one, demonstrating his skill and determination.


Enzo Fittipaldi clinched the Formula 2 feature race in Saudi Arabia. It was a spectacle. Driving for Van Amersfoort Racing, the Brazilian showcased some slick maneuvers and smart overtakes. Kush Maini? He snagged the second spot. And Dennis Hauger? Third place was his.

In the aftermath, Fittipaldi was visibly moved. Tears? Yes, they were there. “A week and a half ago, we lost uncle Wilson,” he shared, voice cracking. “He was our rock. This win? It’s for him.”

Jeddah’s street circuit is notorious for its tricky starts. This race was no exception. Pepe Marti found himself spinning amidst the chaos, his race ending prematurely. Roman Stanek, unfortunately, was caught in Marti’s mishap.

Kush Maini had the pole position. A solid start from him, despite finishing second in qualifying. Oliver Bearman, the original pole sitter, was set to race for Ferrari in Formula 1 later. Behind Maini, though, Victor Martins struggled. His start? Far from ideal. Meanwhile, Andrea Kimi Antonelli, the youngster, made a dash for it, securing fourth place.

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The crashes involving Marti and Stanek brought out the safety car. It lingered for a few laps. Then came a stint on the softest tyres, prompting an early pit stop for most. DAMS attempted an undercut with Jak Crawford. It didn’t pan out. On the medium tyre, Crawford lost his edge.

But on that same medium tyre, Fittipaldi shone. He overtook Maini, seizing the lead. Antonelli, on the other hand, faced setbacks, losing a position to Isack Hadjar. Martins, too, was falling behind.

Then, another twist. Franco Colapinto crashed, bringing out yet another safety car. A pivotal moment, especially for those on medium tyres. Juan Manuel Correa found himself leading, but switching to the softest tyre then? Too soon. Cordeel and Barnard, however, decided to roll the dice.

Upon the restart, Fittipaldi was in his element. His overtakes were a sight to behold, especially the one for the lead. On the outside of turn one, he breezed past Cordeel and Correa, securing his victory.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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