Buddh MRF Challenge: Schumacher takes lights-to-flag win in Race 1

Mick Schumacher remained unchallenged in the 12-lap first race of the MRF Challenge weekend at the Buddh International Circuit.

Buddh MRF Challenge: Schumacher takes lights-to-flag win in Race 1
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
Harrison Newey
Felipe Drugovich
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
Harrison Newey
Mick Schumacher gloves

The German had a perfect getaway from pole to take control of the race, with front-row starter Harrison Newey losing out to Felipe Drugovich going into Turn 1.

The Brazilian moved up two places after Joey Mawson also dropped into the midfield at the start, before mounting a charge back up.

At the front, Schumacher always had enough buffer on Drugovich to claim his third win of the season, clawing himself back into the title fight.

Meanwhile, Drugovich continued his podium run, but it came hard for the Brazilian as Newey was on his rear all through the race.

Having lost a position at the start, Newey then held on to third from a charging Mawson, the two involved in a hefty battle for the final podium slot.

Behind, Rinus van Kalmthout equaled his best result of the season finishing fifth, ahead of Kimi Schramm and Ralf Aron.

Aron's fellow countryman Juri Vips crashed out from the race in an incident where he collided with Pedro Cardoso at the last corner. 

The Top 10 was rounded off by Yohiaki Katayama, Manuel Maldonado and Pavan Ravishanker.

Race 1 results:

Pos

Driver

Gap

1

 Mick Schumacher

 

2

 Felipe Drugovich

1.703s

3

 Harrison Newey

2.465s

4

 Joey Mawson

4.026s

5

 Rinus van Kalmthout

13.304s

6

 Kimi Schramm

19.625s

7

 Ralf Aron

22.880s

8

 Yoshiaki Katayama

28.472s

9

 Manuel Maldonado

40.063s

10

 Pavan Ravishanker

43.725s

11

 Chia Wing Hoong

49.063s

12

 Pedro Cardoso

1m01.005s

R

 Juri Vips

 

DNS

 Dylan Young

 

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