Marcus Armstrong meandered home in P13, and Liam Lawson’s Formula 2 feature race ended in the wall as the Kiwi pair battled a tough day at Imola.
Armstrong and Lawson both started on the harder tyre compound for the 35-lapper.
The plan was to run long and use the sheer pace of the soft tyres after their pitstop to charge back through the field.
Unfortunately, several safety car interventions meant that plan never really eventuated.
Despite running as high as second and third, by the time Armstrong and Lawson made their stop, they were outside the top ten.
Armstrong would finish in P13, outside the points-paying positions. His race was compounded by a slow pitstop.
He cruised home behind the safety car, which was deployed when Lawson shunted into the wall four laps from home.
The Red Bull Junior leaves Imola with just one point next to his name after a P8 finish in the sprint race.
Lawson is now fourth in the drivers’ championship.
Meanwhile, Armstrong can take satisfaction in winning the weekend’s earlier affair. He is seventh in the championship standings.
As for the feature race, Theo Pourchaire clinched victory after Roy Nissany crashed out of a race-winning position.
F2 has a month’s break before the next round at Barcelona.