Charles Leclerc dominated the Formula 2 feature race at Jerez to wrap up the drivers’ championship with three races to spare.

Leclerc built up a commanding lead in the opening stages and survived a late safety car to win his sixth race of the year.

The safety car was deployed when Nobuharu Matsushita and Santino Ferrucci collided, ending the latter’s race.

Leclerc lost his advantage but had the lapped Sean Gelael between him and second place man Oliver Rowland on the restart.

Gelael and fellow lapped runner Louis Deletraz created havoc as they hounded Rowland while he was trying to pass Leclerc. They also blocked Antonio Fuoco and Nicholas Latifi, who were battling for the final podium spot.

The leading quartet survived the drama but Fuoco lost the opportunity to fully capitalise on his fresh tyre advantage.

Leclerc edged Rowland by just 0.230s while his Prema Racing team-mate Fuoco beat Rowland’s team-mate Latifi by just over three tenths.

Artem Markelov claimed fifth position while Jordan King was a surprise sixth after stopping for fresh tyres under the safety car.

Luca Ghiotto fell from second to seventh place, the Italian struggled with tyre management all race long. F2 debutante Alex Palou claimed eighth place and reverse grid pole. Nabil Jeffri and Sergio Sette Camara completed the top 10.

Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries were running in the points early on but lost out to those who pitted under the safety car.

 

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