The Sprint Race of Round 11 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship took place at the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
The qualifying round on Friday, 28 July was hit by heavy rain soon after it began, causing conditions to change dramatically. Ayumu Iwasa was late to enter the track due to his pit position. As a result, he was unable to set a time because of heavy rain during his flying lap and he finished 16th in Qualifying. This meant that Iwasa would have to start from P16 in Row 8 in both the Sprint Race and Feature Race.
The forecast was for rain again on Saturday the 29th, but by the time the Sprint Race kicked off, the rain had stopped and conditions were mostly dry. Also, due to the rain, the F1 Sprint Shootout was significantly delayed and so the following F2 Sprint Race was also delayed by 35 minutes. Under an ambient temperature of 20°C and a track temperature of 27°C, the formation lap got underway at 2:20pm. One car stalled and stopped at the start of the formation lap. This caused a problem with the starting procedure for several other cars and the formation lap had to be redone. As a result, one lap was deducted from the race to make it 17 laps. After a good start, Iwasa improved his position and finished the opening lap in 14th. He then overtook a car on the Kemmel straight on Lap 2 and moved to 12th when a leading car had to pit due to a problem on the same lap. This problem necessitated track maintenance and the Safety Car was brought on.
As the race resumed on Lap 5 Iwasa closed in on the car in front on Lap 6 and got ahead of it on the Kemmel straight to take 11th position on Lap 6. He then passed another car on Lap 7 to climb to 10th. Iwasa, with his superior pace, overtook another car at the end of the straight into the chicane on Lap 9 to take 9th place.
In the second half of the race, Iwasa closed the gap to the car in front aiming for even higher positions. Then, on Lap 15, he succeeded in overtaking on the Kemmel straight and moved up to 8th, a point-scoring position. Iwasa came close behind the car in 7th, and on the final chicane on the closing lap, he made a daring move through the inside to get ahead once. However, the two went side-by-side as the Japanese driver slightly overshot. The other driver held on to the outside, and in the end, just outperformed Iwasa, who then finished 8th. After the race, a technical infringement was found on a car at a higher position and Iwasa was promoted to 7th to earn 2 points.