At the beginning of the race, Lirim Zendeli made a fast getaway from fourth on the grid to take the lead into the primary chicane, with Enzo Fittipaldi slotting into second after clearing polesitter Michael Belov.
On lap 5, Fittipaldi managed to go Zendeli with a superb transfer across the outdoors of the second chicane, just for the Trident driver to retake the lead into Turn 1 on the next tour.
Fittipaldi launched a second assault two laps later heading into Parabolica, with Zendeli permitting him by with the purpose of getting the slipstream on the beginning/end straight.
Fittipaldi in some way managed to carry the lead going into the primary chicane, however Zendeli’s entrance wing clipped the left-rear tyre of the HWA driver, resulting in a puncture that dropped the latter out of competition.
Red Bull junior Liam Lawson, who was operating proper behind in third, jumped on the chance to go Zendeli for the lead, with Hughes assuming second after Zendeli went straight at flip 1 on the next lap.
There was extra drama only one lap later as Clement Novalak pitched Piastri right into a spin on the exit of flip 1, with the Prema driver then launched into the trail of an unsighted David Schumacher.
The injury to Piastri’s automobile was too large to proceed, and the Australian driver was compelled to tug off the observe to retire for under the second time within the season.
However, Piastri’s championship lead remained intact after title rival Sargeant collided with Frederick Vesti heading into the Ascari chicane later within the race, struggling a puncture that ultimately led to his retirement.
Vesti, too, didn’t escape unscathed, and needed to pull into the pits to retire with entrance wing injury, marking a triple DNF for Prema, which wrapped up the groups’ championship after the characteristic race.
Meanwhile, on the entrance, HWA driver Hughes cruised to his second victory of the season, having demoted Hitech’s Lawson to second into Turn 1 previous to the incident which led to Piastri’s retirement.
ART’s Theo Pourchaire dropped to seventeenth at one level, however delivered a masterful restoration drive to assert the ultimate spot on the rostrum, passing Zendeli a number of laps from the end.
Zendeli ultimately completed fifth after a topsy turvy race, behind the ART of Alexander Smolyar.
Alex Peroni completed sixth for Campos, forward of Pierre-Louis Chovet (Hitech) and Roman Stanek (Charouz). Trident’s Olli Caldwell and MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor accomplished the factors scorers in ninth and tenth respectively.