Antonio Fuoco fronts double Charouz podium in chaotic Monaco Sprint
Antonio Fuoco stormed to a second career Formula 2 victory to front a 1-3 finish for Charouz in what was a chaotic Sprint Race on the streets of Monaco.
After finishing in eighth place in Friday's Feature Race, Fuoco secured reverse grid pole position for Saturday's Sprint Race, lining up alongside ART Grand Prix's Jack Aitken.
When the five red lights flashed out, Fuoco led into Saint Devote from Lando Norris who had a strong start from third on the grid for Carlin to move into second place, clearing Aitken who suffered from throttle issues to later retire.
Yellow flags waved early on in the race after a number of drivers stalled on the start while Luca Ghiotto ran into the back of Tadasuke Makino's Russian Time.
When proceedings resumed on lap 2 following a Virtual Safety Car period, Fuoco maintained first from a hard-charging Norris who was gunning for victory with the aim of extending his championship lead.
While Fuoco pulled out a small gap at the front of the pack, green flag running was constantly disrupted for a number of on-track incidents, the most spectacular of which came on lap 4 when Sean Gelael took too much kerb in the swimming pool chicane, launching his Prema into the air and into the barriers to bring out the safety car.
Despite being under immense pressure from Norris throughout the race, Fuoco held off all threats from the British driver to win on the streets of the Principality in a race that was disrupted by three safety car periods while only 10 drivers saw the chequered flag. Norris secured second place.
Louis Deletraz finished in third to secure a double podium finish for Charouz after being locked in a tight and thrilling battle for the final step of the podium with Renault junior Artem Markelov who finished in fourth.
Roberto Merhi continued his run of points finishes by finishing in fifth place for Campos Racing while Arjun Maini was sixth for Trident although there is some discrepancy as to whether Merhi passed the Indian driver for fifth under the final safety car of the race.
Maximilian Gunther secured seventh place for Arden. Nicholas Latifi completed the top eight points-scoring positions for DAMS, despite getting lapped in the opening stages of the race after stalling on the grid.
Nyck de Vries failed to salvage any points from the weekend, missing out on a top-eight finish for Prema with ninth. Ghiotto completed the top 10.
Outside of the top ten, it was a frustrating end to the weekend for Nirei Fukuzumi and Santino Ferrucci who both ran wide and crashed in Rascasse on lap 29 of 30 when battling for the final points paying positions.
Alexander Albon's difficult weekend also continued in the Sprint Race after the Thai driver crashed into Roy Nissany to cause a safety car while George Russell again failed to see the chequered flag in the second ART Grand Prix entry, crashing on the exit of Turn 16 to end is weekend in Monaco with a double DNF.