Formula 2 race abandoned after horror crash and collisions as car catches fire

A Formula 2 race in Sochi was forced to be abandoned after a horror crash between British racer Jack Aitken and Luca Ghiotto of Italy during the Sprint Race.

The pair caught one another at speed while battling for fourth place on Lap eight, and were flung into the wall at Turn 3.

Both racers walked away from very heavy shunt safely, though Ghiotto's Hitech burst into flames after his huge crash with Aitken.

The race as eventually red flagged due to the scale of repairs needed to the safety barriers ahead of the following Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Renault junior Guanyu Zhou scored his maiden Formula 2 win with a dominant performance in Russia.

But with more than 25% of the 21-lap race still to run, only half points are awarded to the grid.

Nikita Mazepin took second at his home event, while Mick Schumacher moved up from eighth to claim the final place on the podium.

Meanwhile, in the main event, Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz have both crashed out of today’s Russian Grand Prix in the opening lap.

Both men went off track to the left early on at Sochi Autodrom, with McLaren’s Sainz getting off to the most disastrous start possible by smashing into the wall.

As for Racing Point’s Stroll, he was soon sent spinning out of the race after getting a touch from behind.

The Canadian appeared extremely unhappy after being dumped out through no fault of his own.

On his team radio, Stroll said: “I just got hit.”

The result in Sochi leaves Schumacher top of the Formula 2 standings on 191 points, with Brit Callum Ilott in second on 169.

F2 will now take a two month break before returning in Bahrain for the season-ending double header.

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