After the two month period, we head to Bahrain for the last four races of the season. With six drivers in contention for the title, our weekends in Bahrain will be nothing but exciting. The weekend starts with qualifying on the 27th November, the Feature Race on the 28th November and the Sprint Race on the 29th November. If you’re looking to keep up to date with all of the racing this weekend, your schedule is as followed: Friday will see Practice at 9:30 am and Qualifying at 1:10 pm, Saturday will see the Feature Race at 9:00 am and Sunday will see the Sprint Race at 9:50 am. All times are Greenwich Mean Time.
Like every weekend, we sat down and discussed our predictions of the weekend ahead, whilst also discussing what you thought as well.
Zhou has a lot of potential
I’m looking at this weekend with the championship rested in the back of my mind. At the beginning of the season, my heart was set on Ilott and Virtuosi to take the championships this season and my heart still lays on that result. Whether is a podium or a win or even a solid amount of points, I hope Ilott is able to close the gap with Schumacher and strengthen the gap from the remainder of the competition this weekend. With Schumacher’s track record, I can see him taking some podiums this weekend.
The two drivers I always mention, Ticktum and Deletraz, are two I will be looking out for once again this weekend. I believe both drivers show continuous talent and are both always in contention for points and podiums. I’d love to see Deletraz take some good points and finish these season higher in the standings, especially with how great of a season he’s had. Also, with Ticktum, he’s an incredible driver with a lot of pace and I can see him putting in some battles this weekend.
As mentioned earlier, Virtuosi are the team I’d love to see on top so it would great to see them push ahead of Prema this weekend. Zhou has a lot of potential this weekend along with Ilott and I believe the team can work hard to push for the teams championship. My heart is also with ART this weekend and my fingers are crossed for Armstrong’s redemption. He started the season incredibly and it fell through the season. He’s picked up the pace a lot the past couple of weekends and with Lundgaard’s form, I can see the team regaining some points.
It’s been 2 months since we last made our predictions so they’re not gonna be very accurate, but one thing for sure is that I’m putting my full backing into the Virtuosi pair of Ilott and Zhou to take a win this weekend. I’d expect no less for Schumacher to be fighting with Shwartzman to seize the opportunity to earn some well needed points as well.
I’d like to see a redemption arc for Armstrong. He had a good start to the season and it’s so unfortunate to see where he is now. Of course I’m going to mention Théo Pourchaire too. Perhaps not some incredible results but I’d like to see what he’s capable of in the second tier. Ticktum is another on my list as he’s definitely caught my eye in the last few rounds.
I’d be lying if I didn’t want Virtuosi to reclaim the lead again from Prema. That being said, I hope ART Grand Prix overtake Hitech for 3rd as we head into the final round of the season.
Ticktum is another on my list
THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
Once again, Jess and I’s similarities out weigh the differences and 99% of our predictions are the same.
We sat down and asked the audience what they believed would come of the Formula 2 Bahrain Inner Track. To start, we asked who everybody could see finishing on pole ahead of the race Saturday. 50% of the audience’s results felt that Ilott would be on pole with 33.3% believing it could be Lundgaard and 16.7% believing it could be Schumacher. The results reflected into the feature race with 50% believing Ilott could win. 16.7% also believed Schumacher could win while a further 33.3% believes that Tsunoda or Drugovich could win. The two names we’ve heard most of from the audience are 50/50 for the runner up with Ilott and Schumacher in contention. For the final podium spot, 33.3% said Tsunoda while a further 33.3% said Ticktum. To finalise, 16.3% said Mazepin would finish third while another 16.3% said Lundgaard would take the place. With the fastest lap, we saw a reflection of third place with Tsunoda, Ticktum and Lundgaard receiving the exact same percentages and Schumacher taking the final 16.7%.
As we move into the sprint race, we see a major divide between the results for first place. With 16.7% of the results each, we see Schumacher, Shwartzman, Ghiotto, Ticktum, Zhou and Tsunoda. The divide is still prominent for second with Lundgaard taking 33.3% while Ilott, Armstrong, Deletraz and Zhou each took 16.7%. For third place, we saw Ilott, Schumacher, Deletraz, Tsunoda, Lundgaard and Zhou each taking 16.7% of the votes. With fastest lap, we moved away from the split decisions with Ilott taking 50% of the votes while Lundgaard, Deletraz and Schumacher each took 16.7%.
With most surprising driver, it comes at no surprise that Pourchaire took 33.3% of the votes. After finishing as runner up in the FIA Formula 3 Championship in his rookie year, he’s been given the opportunity to finish the last four races of Formula 2 with HWA. With him joining so late and having to get used to the car, it’ll be interesting to see how well he does. 16.7% was given to Nissany, Ticktum, Armstrong and Drugovich. To finish off with teams, Prema was most popular with 50% while Virtuosi took 33.3% and Hitech with 16.7%.
The final few rounds of the Formula 2 2020 Championship are right in front of us and we couldn’t be more excited. With a lot of names on the table for the championship win, who’s going to take the title?
And that’s it for this weeks posts. We will be returning Monday with our race summariess but until then, enjoy your race weekend.