Formula 2 Sakhir Grand Prix 2020

For the finale round for Formula 2, they stayed at Bahrain, but this time drove around the outer track compared to the usual layout. Schumacher entered the weekend ahead of Ilott by 13 points, with three other drivers still left in possible contention.

This race summary is for the second round of Bahrain.

Qualifying

Alesi sets the initial time, but Mazepin goes quickest with a 1:03.402. Lundgaard was going way quicker behind, setting purples for sector 1 and 2, with a 1:03.198. Come to the second round of laps, Mazepin improves his time to a 1:02.798. Deletraz and Piquet make their way up to 4th and 5th. Daruvala sets a 1:02.807, only 0.009 seconds slower than Mazepin. Tsunoda goes way quicker than Mazepin to pull a 1:02.676, 122ms faster than the Russian driver. Schumacher and Shwartzman run in the gap, but only manage 17th and 11th respectively. The title contender was struggling to find pace in the Bahrain circuit, merely managing to get 16th and being 0.594 seconds off of Tsunoda in provisional pole. As everyone waits for the latter stages of the session, Markelov goes and sets a 1:02.947, promoting him to 6th. Ghiotto brings out the red flag of the session as his car comes to a halt on the exit of turn three. The session was restarted with four minutes to go. Schumacher is trying to put another lap in, but Nissany was halting him, thus tried to overtake. Unfortunately for the German driver, he was unable to clear before moving back onto the racing line, sending Nissany over the rear left of his car.

The grid is as follows:
1. Yuki Tsunoda
2. Nikita Mazepin
3. Jehan Daruvala
4. Robert Shwartzman
5. Felipe Drugovich
6. Christian Lundgaard
7. Artem Markelov
8. Dan Ticktum
9. Callum Ilott
10. Louis Delétraz
11. Guanyu Zhou
12. Marino Sato
13. Pedro Piquet
14. Luca Ghiotto
15. Marcus Armstrong
16. Giuliano Alesi
17. Théo Pourchaire
18. Mick Schumacher
19. Roy Nissany
20. Ralph Boschung
21. Guilherme Samaia
22. Sean Gelael

Feature Race

Lundgaard stalled from the grid, whilst out front, Tsunoda keeps the lead towards the main straight. It was all good for the Japanese driver, but Mazepin seized an pportunity down the inside to take the lead. Shwartzman moves up to 2nd, benefitting from Tsunoda going wide. Drugovich and Markelov are fighting each other for 4th, where the Russian driver gets past. Lower down the grid, Nissany passes Delétraz for 13th and Ghiotto moves his way up to 20th.

For title contender Ilott, his teammate passes him for 7th, which could be an later issue for the race. Pourchaire takes advantage of the four car wide situation ahead and sends it into the first corner to move up to 13th. Behind, Schumacher goes side by side with Nissany after they both overtake Delétraz. Just a bit later into the lap, Alesi, Armstrong and Pourchaire are fighting for 11th, where the French driver moves up to 11th, whilst Armstrong settles behind him. Schumacher is trying to pass Delétraz, which he does so, moving up to 14th. Alesi defends hard from the Prema driver to keep himself in 13th, allowing Nissany to come closer.

Mazepin led Shwartzman by 0.8 seconds. For the other Prema driver, Schumacher was making his way up the grid, where the Ferrari backed driver passes Pourchaire with ease using slipstream for 12th Delétraz gets past Alesi for 15th, now had Nissany ahead.

On lap 11, Tsunoda took a fancy on overtaking Shwartzman for 2nd place, but was unable to get close enough to challenge for the position and backed off. But a lap later, he got close enough to take it down the start/finish straight. For 6th, the position was being fought by Daruvala and Zhou, where the latter had much better pace to try and seize the position. For Zhou’s teammate, he got overtaken by Ticktum for 8th.

Daruvala comes into the pit, being the first out of the field to do so. This promoted Zhou, who immediately challenged Markelov for 5th and did exactly this to take it from the HWA driver. Armstrong defended himself against Schumacher, protecting Ilott ahead.

Shwartzman pits from 3rd for hard tyres, bringing Drugovich into 3rd, but had a one second gap to catch up to. Ilott was being challenged by Armstrong for 7th as his tyres start to degrade due to him racing on softs, compared to those behind on hards. However, he doesn’t come in for new tyres. compared to Mazepin, who pits from the lead. Armstrong loses out to Schumacher, leaving a very vulnerable Virtuosi car.

And so, he decides to pit, coming out 15th, joined by Tsunoda who came out 12th. Mazepin and Shwartzman fight each other for track position, but the Hitech driver defends hard to keep the Prema driver at bay. Tsunoda drops behind to 12th as Mazepin overtakes with a tyre advantage. Shwartzman seizes the opportunity to pass too. Just a few positions behind, Daruvala also gets past Ilott for 13th.

Drugovich comes out from the pits into 11th, in front of Daruvala despite doing the alternate strategy. Lower down the grid, Alesi and Nissany battle for 18th, but Sato decides to utilise on this fight and overtake both to move up to 18th, putting Alesi in 19th and Nissany in 20th.

Zhou, Ticktum, Schumacher, Armstrong, Ghiotto and Pourchaire have all yet to pit. Mazepin leads the drivers who have, against Shwartzman. Ticktum comes in to pit, coming out in 14th ahead of Delétraz. Zhou and Ghiotto follows suit, along with Armstrong. Schumacher inherits the lead for the time being, having an 18 second gap to Mazepin in 3rd.

On lap 30, Schumacher comes in to pit from the lead of the race. Ticktum had warmer tyres so he overtook the Greman driver for 11th with ease. Zhou is given a 5 second time penalty for speeding in the pitlane.

Delétraz is passed by Schumacher, promoting the Prema driver to 11th and had TIcktum ahead, who had accumulated a gap of one second. For the battle for 2nd, Tsunoda tried to overtake Shwartzman, but as Lundgaard was coming out of the pitlane, he had to move back to the racing line to avoid collision, allowing the Russian driver to keep his place for the time being. Behind, Schumacher powers through Ticktum in the corners, moving up to 9th and was one position away from being on reverse grid pole.

With Zhou on newer and softer tyres, he overtakes Ilott for 5th and now was on the hunt for Drugovich in front, who had a gap of 4 seconds. Behind, Lundgaard got ahead of Drugovich, though he was lapped and thus still sat in 21st.

It only took two laps for Zhou to catch Shwartzman for 4th, as Drugovich passed the Russian for 3rd in previous laps. At the front, Tsunoda sent it on Mazepin into the first corner. The Russian squeezed him to the right side of the track, but it wasn’t enough as the Japanese gets ahead. Drugovich also manages to pass in the final corner, whilst Zhou gives a challenge down the start/finish straight. Drugovich goes wide to lose his position to both the Virtuosi and Hitech driver, now sitting in 4th. The Brazilian gets past him again on the following lap. Drugovich tried to overtake Mazepin, but was forced near the pit wall, before having to brake to avoid a collision. Behind, Schumacher finally passes Daruvala to sit in 7th.

Post-race, Mazepin was given two penalties: one for forcing Tsunoda off track as he was overtaking and the other for pushing Drugovich to the edge of the track as he tried to overtake before he was forced to slow to avoid a collision. With two 5 second penalties applied, he dropped to 9th behind Dan Ticktum.

The feature race results are:
1. Yuki Tsunoda
2. Guanyu Zhou
3. Felipe Drugovich
4. Robert Shwartzman
5. Callum Ilott
6. Mick Schumacher
7. Jehan Daruvala
8. Dan Ticktum
9. PENALISED Nikita Mazepin
10. Pedro Piquet
11. Marcus Armstrong
12. Louis Delétraz
13. Artem Markelov
14. Ralph Boschung
15. Giuliano Alesi
16. Luca Ghiotto
17. Marino Sato
18. Théo Pourchaire
19. Sean Gelael
20. Roy Nissany
21. Christian Lundgaard
22. Guilherme Samaia

Sprint Race

The sprint race grid is:
1. Dan Ticktum
2. Jehan Daruvala
3. Mick Schumacher
4. Callum Ilott
5. Robert Shwartzman
6. Felipe Drugovich
7. Guanyu Zhou
8. Yuki Tsunoda
9. Nikita Mazepin
10. Pedro Piquet
11. Marcus Armstrong
12. Louis Delétraz
13. Artem Markelov
14. Ralph Boschung
15. Giuliano Alesi
16. Luca Ghiotto
17. Marino Sato
18. Théo Pourchaire
19. Sean Gelael
20. Roy Nissany
21. Christian Lundgaard
22. Guilherme Samaia

Ticktum defends the lead, but Schumacher already took 2nd from Daruvala. However, Mick locks up heavily, allowing Daruvala to get ahead. Ilott tries to overtake, but couldn’t find a way through. Shwartzman seizes an opportunity to pass Ilott for 4th. He retakes it into the last corner of the second lap. Behind, Zhou gets up to 6th past Drugovich, with the Brazilian also having to defend from Mazepin and Armstrong. Tsunoda gets up to 11th after losing out at the start. Sato drops to 19th as Markelov and Ghiotto overtake.

Zhou sees a chance to overtake Shwartzman, but the Russian defends to keep the Chinese driver behind. Armstrong and Mazepin battle for 8th, but the Kiwi stays ahead for the time being until the following lap. Delétraz and Piquet battle each other for 15th, but the Brazilian maintains ahead of the Swiss driver.

Schumacher has a quicker entry and exit than Daruvala, sending it past the Carlin driver to move up to second. He had Ticktum ahead, but he already had a gap of over one second. Behind, Tsunoda gets past Mazepin for 8th down into the first corner and had Drugovich ahead.

Daruvala was on the move for 2nd against Daruvala with the Indian going around the outside to move up a position. Nissany, Gelael and Markelov were fighting each other for 18th and 19th, but Gelael maintains the lead ahead of Nissany and Markelov.

Ilott was closing down Schumacher in 3rd, but the virtual safety car was called to remove a piece of Louis’ car. Daruvala was catching on Ticktum in the lead. Pourchaire gets up to 16th, battling Gelael for the position, before losing it again. Armstrong and Mazepin are switcing for 9th and 10th regularly, with Armstrong maintaining the position ahead of the Russian.

Schumacher locked up, allowing Ilott to gain time on the German driver. The Briton tried to overtake, but was stuck behind the Prema driver, allowing Shwartzman to get past. In the following lap, he gets past, with the Prema driver locking up, allowing Shwartzman and Zhou to get through. Schumacher comes into the pits after locking up the tyre loads.

Shwartzman had the better pace than Ilott and was challenging the British driver for 3rd, meanwhile at the front, Daruvala was pressuring Ticktum for 1st. With the Russian battling the Briton, Zhou was able to catch up and overtook the Prema driver for 4th.

Ticktum was overtaken by Jehan into the final corner of lap 25, but he tried to retake it around the outside, but was unable and remained side by side. Behind, Ilott was losing pace, dropping positions from Tsunoda and Zhou. Meanwhile Drugovich and Armstrongwere fighting for 7th position, but the Brazilian ended up in the gravel from the corner and loses out to drop to 11th, behind Ghiotto.

Alesi got through Mazepin to move to 7th, whilst Mazepin and Ghiotto did the same to Armstrong, dropping the Kiwi to 10th. Ilott’s tyres were gone as Alesi gets up to 6th. Behind, Delétraz improves to 12th, getting ahead of his teammate Piquet.

On the penultimate lap, Tsunoda got past Ticktum for 2nd, but the Briton fancied a move to retake the position into the first corner. Despite locking up, he managed to defend, until the final corner where the Japanese got ahead, giving Carlin a 1-2.

The sprint race results are:
1. Jehan Daruvala
2. Yuki Tsunoda
3. Dan Ticktum
4. Guanyu Zhou
5. Robert Shwartzman
6. Giuliano Alesi
7. Luca Ghiotto
8. Felipe Drugovich
9. Nikita Mazepin
10. Callum Ilott
11. Pedro Piquet
12. Christian Lundgaard
13. Louis Delétraz
14. Marcus Armstrong
15. Roy Nissany
16. Marino Sato
17. Sean Gelael
18. Mick Schumacher
19. Guilherme Samaia
20. Artem Markelov
21. Théo Pourchaire
22. DNF Ralph Boschung

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