The Sprint Race of Round 11 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship took place at the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
In the qualifying session on Friday 26 August, Ayumu Iwasa, a Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) driver, was unsuccessful in his first set of attempts, making a mistake, but he improved his time in the final shot to finish 13th. He narrowly missed a top-ten place to be eligible for the reverse grid and had to start from Row 7 in P13 in both the Sprint and Feature Races.
Under some unstable weather, unique to the Spa-Francorchamps, with an ambient temperature of 16°C and a track temperature of 21°C, the formation lap got underway at 6:15pm under a cloudy sky. A car starting from P2 had a problem on its way to the grid on the installation lap and the race started with a vacant P2 on the grid. After a good start, Iwasa moved up to 9th at the first corner, but was passed by one car on the following straight and finished the first lap in 10th. He was overtaken again on Lap 2 and moved down to 11th. Despite closing in on the car in front he was unable to pass, and the race entered the second half while Iwasa kept his position.
On Lap 11, the Safety Car came on as one of the front cars had spun and crashed. Some cars, including those in the top positions, changed tyres, while Iwasa, who stayed out without making a pit stop, climbed up to 8th. On Lap 15, the race resumed with four laps to go, though Iwasa was unable to improve on his position. On Lap 16 as the Japanese driver changed tyres he lost out to a car which was catching up fast, and dropped to 9th. Towards the end, fast-paced cars came breathing down his neck but Iwasa held on to 9th position to finish the race.