Australian Oscar Piastri is on the verge of winning the Formula 2 championship after taking victory in the feature race in Saudi Arabia.
- Oscar Piastri has a 51.5-point lead in the F2 title race after winning in Saudi Arabia
- Two drivers were airlifted to hospital after a crash at the start of the race
- Both drivers were conscious when they were taken out of their cars
After winning one of the two sprint races the previous day, Piastri looked to convert pole position into his fifth win of the year.
However, two incidents shortened the race to less than 20 minutes, which meant only half-points were awarded.
The worst of the incidents happened at the start when a major collision between Theo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittipaldi on the starting grid brought out the red flag.
Both drivers were airlifted to hospital but were conscious when they were taken out of their cars.
After the crash, the FIA issued a statement, updating the condition of both drivers.
“The drivers were immediately attended to by emergency and medical crews,” it said. “The drivers were conscious and extricated by the attending medical crews.
“Both have been transferred by ambulance and helicopter to King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah.”
After the race was restarted, Piastri was able to hold on to the lead into the first corner.
But, after just four more laps, Guilherme Samaia and Olli Caldwell collided, which brought out the safety car.
This was then upgraded to a second red flag, with race directors electing to not restart the race and instead award half-points.
Piastri said after a race like this one, the health of the drivers meant more than the victory.
“We won the race, if you want to call it a race,” he said.
“The points are nice and I am glad that everybody is going to be OK from the crash.
“That is the most important thing today and we will see you next week for the final round.”
Piastri heads into the final round of the F2 championship season by a 51.5-point margin.
He will win the title provided he does not have a disastrous weekend and his teammate and title rival Robert Shwarztman does not have a near-perfect weekend.