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June 28, 2022

F2: Historic win for Mihai Marinescu in Monza

Romanian pilot Mihai Marinescu (21) claimed his first ever F2 win last Saturday in Monza, according to autosport.com.
Starting from pole, the Romanian lost the lead to the British Alex Brundle on the run down to the first corner but retook it one lap later heading into Turn 1 and from then on was never seriously challenged.

“I’ve done a lot of things differently since Austria, starting with the preparation for the weekend itself and then a different approach to the whole weekend,” Marinescu said for autosport.com. “It looks like it paid off.” Brundle ran a secure second for much of the race, but came under serious pressure from Bortolotti once the Italian had worked his way past Ramon Pineiro in third. The result gives Bortolotti a 68-point lead over Christopher Zanella, meaning he can only be overhauled if Zanella wins the remaining three races and Bortolotti fails to finish every time. Championship victory is therefore likely to follow in the second and final race at Monza. Zanella’s hopes of finishing higher were dented by resolute defending from Pineiro, who finished little more than 1s behind Brundle in fourth. Tobias Hegewald beat compatriot Thiemo Storz to take sixth, ahead of Jack Clarke, Mikkel Mac and Luciano Bacheta. It was an unhappy race for Miki Monras, who finished 17th and slipped to fifth in the championship, behind Marinescu, as a result.

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