The FIA Formula 2 series heads to Russia this weekend for the penultimate round of its 2019 season.
Nyck de Vries extended his championship lead over Nicholas Latifi further at the end of the Italian Grand Prix weekend after finishing third in both the feature and sprint race, while Latifi finished thirteenth in the feature race and tenth in the sprint race.
Battle for third
There is a more interesting battle going on for third in the championship.Embed from Getty Images
The position is currently occupied by Luca Ghiotto, who is only eleven points behind second placed Latifi, but is only two ahead of fourth placed Jack Aitken and four points ahead of fifth placed Sergio Sette Camara.
Aitken heads to Russia off the back of slightly better results, finishing eighth in the Italian Grand Prix feature race and winning the sprint race while Ghiotto finished second in the feature race but could only finish fifteenth in the sprint race. Sette Camara finished fifth in the feature race and then retired from the sprint race.
Matsushita v Zhou (or the battle for sixth)
Thirty five points behind Sette Camara is Nobuharu Matsushita who claimed his second victory of the season last time out in Italy after winning the feature race, he then went on to finish fifth in the sprint race.Embed from Getty Images
This, in part, has left him one point ahead of Guanyu Zhou and means he occupies sixth in the standings. Zhou retired from the feature race but then managed to finish fourth in the sprint race.
Giuiliano Alesi heads to Russia having had a strong race weekend in Italy, finishing seventh in both the feature and sprint race, accumulating eight points. It is his best finish of the season and his second and third points finish of 2019 after finishing tenth in the feature race in France.Embed from Getty Images
Another driver heading to Russia having had their strongest weekend of the season in Italy is Callum Ilott who scored sixteen points across the Italian Grand Prix weekend, his highest points total for a weekend in the 2019 Formula 2 championship.
A driver who goes to Sochi having moved off zero points is Mahaveer Raghunathan who managed to finish tenth in the feature race in Italy, taking the total number of drivers to score points in the 2019 season to twenty out of twenty five drivers to have competed.Embed from Getty Images