Roberto Merhi's feat on his return to F2

Roberto Merhi’s feat on his return to F2

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He was second on the last lap when a penalty for exceeding track limits has left him in the fourth final position

At 31 years old and after four seasons away from F2, the driver from Castellón has starred in a real exhibition

Roberto Merhi has been able to get on the podium on his return to Formula 2 after four seconds away from the category and at 31. The driver from Castellon has starred in a real display behind the wheel of the Campos Racing single-seater, which this weekend has given him the opportunity to return to action to replace the injured Ralph Boschung. Merhi was second on the final lap of the race in Austria when race management notified him of a five – second penalty for exceeding track limits that sent him down to fifth . Richard Verschor He was the winner, but he lost his victory after the race by finishing with less fuel than established by the regulations, which allows Merhi to gain a place, up to fourth. It could even be third if finally Daruvala, investigated by the FIA, is also penalized.

The track was wet at the start of the second F2 race at the Red Bull Ring and this forced the drivers to start on the extreme wet tyres. Some pilot like Enzo Fittipaldi or Roberto Merhi they dared with the softer dry wheels in order to save a possible change of tires. Jüri Vips came out better than Frederik Vesti and snatched the first position from him at the start after a great start inside.

A safety car caused by an accident Marcus Armstrong it gave a break to all the drivers who started with the soft, which was going to prove to be the most optimal strategy. As the laps went by, it was impossible to continue with wet tires and this made Merhi could advance to third position, just behind Richard Verschoor and Jehan Daruvala.Merhi’s stop was clean and he came back out on the track in virtual third position. Verschoor was still the race leader, ahead of Daruvala. Vesti has already been penalized with five seconds for going off track and gaining an advantage. Also the penalty left without options to Jack Dohan. Merhi had a very nice fight with Daruvala for second position and won the game with a great maneuver under braking for turn four.

Moments later it was reported that he would be penalized five seconds for exceeding the track limits more than three times. Verschoor took the victory ahead of Daruvala and Sargeant, although the former was penalized for finishing with less fuel than required.Merhi, fourth after starting 21st and who has caressed the podium, wanted to have a nice memory with the late Adrian Campos.

AUSTRIA F2 GP (RACE 2)

1. Richard Verschoor (Trident) 55’30″399 (*disqualified)

2. Jehan Daruvala (Prema) at 13″736

3. Logan Sergeant (Carlin) at 14″101

4. Enzo Fittipaldi (Charouz) at 14″615

5. Roberto Merhi (Campos) at 15″719

6. Dennis Hauger (Prema) at 20″100

7. Jake Hughes (VAR) at 24″238

8. Olli Caldwell (Fields) at 26.253

9. Ayumu Iwasa (DAMS) at 27″246

10. Jüri Vips (Hitech) at 27″973

11. Roy Nissany (DAMS) at 28.543

12. Liam Lawson (Carlin +30″065

13. Felipe Drugovich (MP) at 33″107

14. Theo Pourchaire (ART) at 33.943

15. Frederik Vesti (ART) at 40.861

16. Marino Sato (Virtuosi) at 43″050

17. Calan Williams (Trident) at 46″157

18. Clement Novalak (MP) at 1’12″707

19. Amaury Cordeel (VAR) 1 lap

20 Jack Doohan (Virtuosi) 1 lap

Retired:

Cem Bolukbasi (Charouz)

Marcus Armstrong (Hitech)


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