The Feature Race of the FIA Formula 2 Round 10 Hungary took place on Sunday, 23 July. As per the qualifying order, Ayumu Iwasa started from P6 in Row 3 of the grid.
The weather at the Hungaroring was fine from the morning of the 23rd, and at 10.05am, when the formation lap started, the ambient temperature was 26°C and the track temperature was 38°C.
After a slightly slow start, Iwasa was passed by a car a head of the first corner, dropping to 7th, but he overtook one on the next corner and regained 6th by the end of the opening lap. While the leaders started on the option specification (soft) tyres, Iwasa opted for prime (medium) tyres. Early in the race, the gap between Iwasa and the car in front opened up due to tyre differences and tyre management. By Lap 5, he was more than five seconds behind 5th place, and he continued to run in 6th.
As the leaders changed tyres consecutively on Laps 12 and 13, Iwasa moved up to 4th. However, the pace of the top three, who started on the options, did not decrease and the gap between 3rd place and Iwasa increased to more than 10 seconds. Judging that the option tyres were preserved well, Iwasa pitted early on Lap 20 for a tyre change and returned to the race in 10th. The leaders then made pit stops and by Lap 22 Iwasa was 7th.
The options lasted better than expected and it wasn't until Lap 23 that the top three began to change tyres. By then, their gap to the rest of the field had widened considerably. After a pit stop by a leading car, Iwasa was 6th on Lap 25 and began to pick up the pace to catch up. He overtook the car in front of him on Turn 2 on Lap 26 to take 5th place. The Japanese driver increased his pace, and on Lap 30, he came within a second of 4th place, aiming to further climb the field. Looking for an opportunity from behind, Iwasa made a bold move to take the inside at Turn 1 on Lap 35 and succeeded in overtaking. This moved him to 4th, but by that point, he was more than 10 seconds behind 3rd place and had to settle in that position to complete the 37-lap race.
With 12 points for 4th place, Iwasa remains 3rd in the championship standings with 132 points in total. He has managed to close the point gap with the leaders after two races in Hungary. This leaves him 21 points behind the leader and 10 points behind 2nd place.