The DAMS driver made probably the most of a powerful launch from the entrance row to overtake Lawson at the beginning and was by no means headed thereafter, Lawson (Hitech) pressured to accept second forward of his team-mate Juri Vips.
Though there wasn’t a lot motion within the battle for the win, there loads of overtaking behind as Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) starred by climbing from eleventh to fifth behind Felipe Drugovich.
Fellow UNI-Virtuosi driver Guanyu Zhou was lucky to not lose additional floor in his championship tussle with factors chief Oscar Piastri, whose ninth place end meant he was unable to capitalise on an early spin that dropped Alfa Romeo’s 2022 System 1 signing to seventeenth on the flag.
Armstrong made the most effective begin from the entrance row and muscled forward of Lawson after the pair squeezed via the primary two turns, with Lawson operating extensive and having to cede the lead.
The sector managed to navigate the primary two turns unscathed however the clear operating solely lasted till Flip 4 when debutant Olli Caldwell appeared to make contact with Guilherme Samaia, firing the Brazilian into the within wall. The uncontrolled Charouz driver then tagged an harmless Marino Sato right into a spin, additionally placing the Trident machine out of the race.
Following a security automobile to permit marshals to clear the monitor, racing resumed on lap 4 but it surely wasn’t lengthy till the race had its second incident. Zhou tried to go Christian Lundgaard (ART Grand Prix) for sixth down the within at Flip 1 however the pair made contact that despatched the Chinese language driver right into a spin and a visit to the pits to repair a damaged entrance wing.
As soon as racing resumed for a second time this time after a digital security automobile, Armstrong led from Lawson, with Ralph Boschung (Campos) third forward of Vips and Drugovich.
Armstrong surged into the lead at the beginning as Lawson ran extensive
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Lundgaard dropped to eighth following the collision with Zhou, permitting Theo Pourchaire (ART) and Robert Shwartzman (Prema) into sixth and seventh respectively. Shwartzman’s team-mate Piastri in the meantime had dropped behind a fast-starting Daruvala, however remained the place he began in tenth after Zhou’s demise.
Shwartzman then managed to go Pourchaire, however did so by operating off the monitor and gaining benefit which in the end resulted in a five-second penalty.
Because the race reached the midway mark, Vips managed to squeeze by Boschung for third and it wasn’t lengthy earlier than Drugovich demoted the Swiss to fifth.
Boschung continued to wrestle for tempo as he fell into the clutches of Shwartzman, who dived beneath his rival on the hairpin to re-take the place after Boschung initially regarded to have repelled his transfer.
Whereas the highest 4 remained unchanged to the flag, there was loads of motion behind, however the race was neutralised by the protection automobile for a second time when seventh-placed Pourchaire discovered the obstacles at Flip 22.
Armstrong got here below stress from from Lawson on the ultimate lap however managed to hold on for the victory, whereas Daruvala’s gorgeous two-for-one go on Lundgaard and Piastri late on meant he profited from the penalty for Shwartzman.
The Russian was finally categorized in sixth forward of Lundgaard, a charging Dan Ticktum (up from thirteenth) and Piastri.
Bent Viscaal rounded out the highest 10 and can begin from pole place for the second dash race, scheduled to begin at 21:40 native time (1840 GMT).