Round 9 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship kicked off at Circuit Paul Ricard, France.
In the qualifying session on Friday 22 July, Ayumu Iwasa, a Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) driver, marked the day’s fastest time in his attempt in the second set, but this was reversed just before the end of the session to second best at 0.006s behind. He started from P9 in Row 5 on the grid in the Sprint Race, where a reverse grid is applied.
Under an ambient temperature of 28°C and a track temperature of 38°C, the formation lap of the Sprint Race got underway at 6:00pm. In the fight for positions right after the start, Iwasa fell down the order to finish the first lap in 10th. After that, the cars were closely bunched up in line, with Iwasa holding 10th position as the race entered the middle stage.
On Lap 9, there was an accident at the back of the field, and the Safety Car was brought on. The race proper resumed on Lap 13, with the top positions remaining unchanged as the race entered its final stage. On Lap 17, Iwasa lunged forward on the inside on Turn 11, overtaking the car in front and moving up to 9th. On Lap 21, the final lap, he overtook again and climbed to 8th position before passing the chequered flag.
After the race, four drivers, including the leaders, were given time penalties and so Iwasa was promoted to 6th place, earning three points. He has now scored points in four consecutive races.