Oscar Piastri is on the verge of sealing the FIA Formula 2 championship after a bizarre Feature race in Saudi Arabia.
In total, only six race rounds took place after the meeting was first delayed when repairs were carried out on the track, and then twice red flag.
The first stop was for a heavy starting line shunt between Theo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittipaldi when the former stalled online.
The couple were treated on the spot before being transported to a nearby hospital.
“The drivers were immediately attended to by emergency services and medical personnel,” a statement from the FIA confirmed.
“The drivers were conscious and were rescued by the medical team present.
“Both have been transferred by ambulance and helicopter to King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah.”
A longer delay and cleanup followed before Piastri led the field to a rolling restart for what had been trimmed from a 60-minute run to just 20.
However, a crash for Oli Caldwell and Guilherme Samaia crashed shortly after the pit window opened, triggering another stop from which the race was not resumed.
That left Piastri as the race winner from teammate and title rival Shwartzman, with Robert Boschung in third place.
With half points awarded, Piastri’s figure is now 213.5 over Shwartzman’s 162.
Although there are a maximum of 65 points left on the table, Shwarztman must win both the Sprint races and the Feature race in Abu Dhabi to overtake the Australian.
It leaves Piastri’s will what is an almost unassailable lead on the way into the final round, even if he does not take anything for granted.
“It’s not done until it’s mathematically impossible,” the points leader said when asked by Speedcafe.com if he felt the title fight was basically over.
“Obviously the points difference is big now and that was exactly the plan we were going to enter this weekend.
“But I still have to make sure it gets done first and then, and then I’ll hopefully celebrate it.”
The final round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship supports the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend.