Franco Colapinto

Formula 2 News: Colapinto’s last lap pass wins Imola Sprint Race

MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto claimed his first win in Formula 2, producing a last lap overtake on Hitech Pulse-Eight’s Paul Aron to take the victory in a dramatic Sprint Race around Imola.

The Argentine survived losing a place at the start and came through from P3 to take the win, while Rodin Motorsport’s Championship leader Zane Maloney took the final spot on the podium.


Aron made a fast start from P3, getting ahead of Colapinto and teammate Amaury Cordeel to take the lead into Turn 3. But the Safety Car was immediately required following contact between Roman Stanek and Isack Hadjar that led to several other incidents.

The Campos Racing driver spun into the path of AIX Racing’s Joshua Duerksen and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Enzo Fittipaldi leading them to collide. At the same time, MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger hit Stanek while looking to take avoiding action.

We were back to racing on Lap 6 as Aron extended his lead over his teammate Cordeel. A lap later, the Belgian went wide at the penultimate corner giving Colapinto the chance to overtake him for P2 down the main straight.

By Lap 9, Colapinto was beginning to close the gap to Aron while Cordeel, having dropped back from the top two, was coming under pressure from Zane Maloney, Oliver Bearman and Gabriel Bortoleto.

It was an action-packed start to the race that saw multiple drivers crash out

It was an action-packed start to the race that saw multiple drivers crash out

On Lap 12, Colapinto was now within DRS range of Aron, while Maloney was beginning to attack Cordeel. However, both Hitech cars were proving difficult to pass. Elsewhere, Bearman was beginning to come under pressure from Bortoleto and AIX Racing’s Taylor Barnard.

After biding his time behind the Hitech car, Maloney finally made his move past Cordeel around the outside at Turn 3 on Lap 22, putting him on course for his fourth podium of the year.

On the penultimate lap and having dropped back from the leader, Colapinto closed on Aron once more before making a last lap move past his fellow rookie around at the outside at Tamburello.

The move earned the MP driver his first victory in Formula 2, while Aron took second place ahead of Maloney. Cordeel finished in fourth place while Bearman was able to hold off Bortoleto to finish in P5.

Taylor Barnard delivered his first points in F2 for AIX Racing in seventh, while Richard Verschoor rounded out the points paying positions in P8.

KEY QUOTE – Franco Colapinto, MP Motorsport

“I’m super happy, first win in Formula 2, it’s a very special day for me and for every Argentinian that has been supporting me so far. I’m super proud of the team, very proud of everyone who has been supporting me. Thank you, thank you. Thank you to all the fans and let us hope for more wins in the next few races.”

Colapinto came through from P3 to score his maiden Formula 2 victory

Colapinto came through from P3 to score his maiden Formula 2 victory



Zane Maloney stays at the top of the Drivers’ Championship and moves to 68 points. However, Paul Aron closes the gap on the Rodin driver slightly having finished in P2 and trails by just 13 points. Franco Colapinto’s victory in the Sprint Race and his point for the fastest lap gives him a total of 11 points and lifts him to ninth in the Standings.

In the Teams’ Championships, Hitech Pulse-Eight close the gap to leaders Rodin Motorsport thanks to both Aron and Cordeel scoring points with the gap between the top two now just 12 points.

MP Motorsport have moved up to third and now have 65 points, while Campos Racing drop to fourth in the leaderboard as Invicta Racing continue rounding out the top five.

Sprint Race Results

1 12 F. Colapinto MP Motorsport 25 +0.000S +0.000S
2 17 P. Aron Hitech Pulse-Eight 25 +1.700 1.700
3 5 Z. Maloney Rodin Motorsport 25 +6.600 4.900
4 16 A. Cordeel Hitech Pulse-Eight 25 +8.100 1.500
5 3 O. Bearman Prema Powerteam 25 +11.100 3.000
6 10 G. Bortoleto Invicta Racing 25 +11.500 0.400
7 25 T. Barnard Phm Aix Racing 25 +11.900 0.400
8 22 R. Verschoor Trident 25 +14.200 2.300
9 9 K. Main Iinvicta Racing 25 +16.300 2.100
10 2 Z. O’sullivan Art Grand Prix 25 +17.400 1.100
11 4 A. Antonelli Prema Powerteam 25 +18.200 0.800
12 15 R. Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 25 +18.900 0.700
13 1 V. Martins Art Grand Prix 25 +19.300 0.400
14 6 R. Miyata Rodin Motorsport 25 +19.700 0.400
15 7 J. Crawford Dams Lucas Oil 25 +20.000 0.300
16 8 J. Correa Dams Lucas Oil 25 +20.500 0.500
17 21 P. Martí Campos Racing 25 +55.600 35.100
DNF 11 D. Hauger Mp Motorsport 24
DNF 23 R. Staněk Trident 24
DNF 20 I. Hadj Arcampos Racing 24
DNF 24 J. Duerksen Phm Aix Racing 24
DNF 14 E. Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 24
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