Maximillian Gunther drove a controlled race to secure his first ever Formula 2 victory in the Silverstone sprint race, holding off a charging George Russell in the process.

Gunther led the field from reverse grid pole after the rolling start, holding off Nyck de Vries and Artem Markelov throughout the majority of the race.

Gunther crucially was able to break the DRS detection to de Vries following a brief virtual safety car period in the latter stages of the race, building a near four-second advantage as the Dutchman tried to hold of Russell.

Russell finally cleared de Vries with just a few laps remaining, and by taking over a second a lap out of Gunther closed to just over half a second behind at the chequered flag, although was unable to deny the Arden driver his first win.

Having started seventh after finishing as runner-up to Alexander Albon in yesterdays feature race, the championship leader carved through the field with surgeon-like precision, the Brit making most of his moves into the slow Arena corner.

Lando Norris rounded out the podium positions after a brilliant fight-back, surviving a collision with Antonio Fuoco in the closing laps to secure third from tenth on the grid.

Fuoco forced Norris wide as the McLaren junior tried to charge around the outside of the Italian at Brooklands, although failed to leave him enough room as he re-joined the circuit.

The two collided as a result, Fuoco having to retire while Norris was able to continue, albeit with damaged steering.

Norris-like Russell- threw any tire-preservation strategy out the window and continued to push his Carlin machine to its limit.

His scintillating drive culminated in an incredible double-overtake on Artem Markelov and de Vries around the outside of Vale in the closing stages to move into third position.

Markelov eventually managed to dispatch de Vries to finish fourth, while both Louis Deletraz and Luca Ghiotto managed to relegate the Prema down to seventh in the final couple of tours.

The final point went to Albon, the DAMS pilot struggling to replicate his race-winning Saturday pace to a rather lonely eighth.

The top ten was rounded out by the MP Motorsport pair of Ralph Boschung and Roberto Mehri, who battled throughout the entire 21-lap encounter, with the Swiss eventually coming out on top.