This was the main challenge in this main race in Abu Dhabi, the last round of the 2022 Formula 2 season: Logan Sargent would he have to get his Super License for his tenure of Williams F1 to be confirmed? The answer is yes. Sargeant was quiet all weekend, qualifying sixth and then finishing sixth and fifth in the weekend’s two races, but he did what was necessary while most of his rivals failed to shine.
The man of the day, however, is Ayumu Iwasa, author of his second pole position of the season and also his second success in the Main Race. DAMS surprised with a double in qualifying and Iwasa was threatened by teammate Roy Nissany at the start, but then rode a well-controlled race and withstood the pressure of champion Felipe Drugovich late in the race.
Drugovich quickly established himself as a victory candidate by overtaking Théo Pourchaire with authority at the start before quickly taking the advantage over Nissany with the help of DRS. The Brazilian tried everything to take the win in the final laps, but Iwasa’s robust defense was just enough for the latter.
Behind them, it was another disappointment for Théo Pourchaire. A bit pinched on the curb by Drugovich at the start, the Frenchman found himself fifth and struggled throughout the race with two driving faults against Nissany and then Dennis Hauger. Pourchaire was still on track to finish fourth, but his single seater collapsed a few laps from the finish. He scored just two points in the last seven races of the season.
We finally found in the top 4 three members of the Red Bull Junior Team, representing three different stables: not only the winner Iwasa (DAMS), but also Liam Lawson (Carlin), third after an excellent performance from ninth, and Dennis Hauger (Prema) ), fourth after starting seventh.
We will never know what Jack Doohan, leader of the drivers who chose the alternative medium/soft strategy, could have accomplished. Returning to the track after his late pit stop, the Australian was around fourth, but his left front wheel was loose and snapped off. He was forced to quit. The top 10 was thus completed by Logan Sargeant, Amaury Cordeel, Richard Verschoor, Jüri Vips, Marcus Armstrong and Roy Nissany.
In the championship, we already knew that Felipe Drugovich (265 points) and Théo Pourchaire (164) would take the first two places. It is finally Liam Lawson (149) who is in third place by a small point ahead of Logan Sargeant (148). Above all, Ayumu Iwasa (141), ninth before this race, propels himself to fifth thanks to his victory! He is followed by Doohan (128), Daruvala (126), Fittipaldi (126), Vesti (117) and Hauger (115).
Finally, MP Motorsport narrowly won the teams’ title against Carlin and ART – primarily thanks to the contribution of Felipe Drugovich, with Clément Novalak scoring only 40 points against his partner’s 265.