FIA Formula 2 heads to Bahrain for double header

FIA Formula 2 heads to Bahrain for double header

26.11.2020: FIA FORMULA 2 Championship Bahrain, Sakhir International Circuit 27-29 November 2020 > The F2 race lap record at the Bahrain International Circuit is 1:43.950, set by Sérgio Sette Câmara with MP Motorsport in 2017.

FIA FORMULA 2 Championship
Bahrain, Sakhir International Circuit
27-29 November 2020





> The F2 race lap record at the Bahrain International Circuit is 1:43.950, set by Sérgio Sette Câmara with MP Motorsport in 2017.


> This weekend will be the first time that Bahrain has appeared on the calendar of the FIA Formula 2 Championship without being the opening round.


> The eventual Vice-Champion has won every Feature Race at Sakhir since the start of the modern era of F2 in 2017.


> 2018 and 2019 Feature Race winners, Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi, went on to drive in Formula 1 the following season.


> Mick Schumacher scored his fourth double podium finish of the year last time out in Sochi. The German driver won the Feature Race before finishing third in the shortened Sprint Race.


> Guanyu Zhou won his first FIA Formula 2 race last time out in Sochi, becoming the first Chinese driver to do so, after taking victory in the Sprint Race.


> Zhou’s victory set a new record for the number of unique winners in an F2 campaign, becoming the 11th different race winner this season (2017 & 2018 = 10).


> Théo Pourchaire is due to make his FIA Formula 2 debut this weekend with HWA RACELAB. The French driver is replacing Jake Hughes, who made his own F2 debut with the team last time out in Sochi.


> Pourchaire is on course to become the youngest driver to take part in an FIA F2 race, at the age of 17 years, 3 months and 8 days on the day of the Feature Race. The previous youngest was Lando Norris in the 2017 season finale (18 years and 12 days).


> Louis Delétraz and Jehan Daruvala are the only drivers to have completed every racing lap so far this season.





The story so far




After 10 rounds of the 2020 Formula 2 season, the dramatic race for the tile is still well-and-truly on. Mick Schumacher
leads the title charge after his second Feature Race win of the campaign last time out in Sochi, ahead of Championship
contenders Yuki Tsunoda and Callum Ilott. Guanyu Zhou then took his maiden F2 victory in a curtailed Sprint Race.



Luca Ghiotto topped Free Practice, with Carlin duo Tsunoda and Jehan Daruvala behind by only one tenth of a second. The pair found something extra in Qualifying however, to lock out the front row – Tsunoda just 0.006s faster than his teammate.



Tsunoda started brilliantly on Saturday, but immediately had to defend from Schumacher going into Turn 1. The Japanese racer held on, escaping any drama behind, and leading through the field as drivers boxed for fresh tyres. Schumacher remained patient, and with 10 laps to go he slipped past for the lead and the race win. Ilott initially followed to take second, but lost grip in his relentless pursuit of Schumacher. Tsunoda capitalised, fighting back to take second with Ilott in third.



Sunday’s shortened action saw Zhou become the first Chinese racer to win an F2 race, with Schumacher finishing second after a strong start from P8. Nikita Mazepin joined them on the podium with a third-place finish on home soil. Half-points were awarded as just five laps were counted after a fiery accident between Ghiotto and Jack Aitken on Lap 7 brought the race to a halt. Track repairs were necessary, but both drivers were thankfully unharmed.




TYRE TALK MARIO ISOLA (PIRELLI HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING) SAYS:



“It’s great to have Formula 2 back in action for the final two rounds in Bahrain to decide the 2020 champion. While the
outer track that is being used for the final  event will be something completely new for everybody, the teams and drivers
are mostly quite familiar with the regular grand prix layout. They tested there with the 18-inch tyres in March, so they will
have some existing knowledge about how the tyres perform – although they have all learned a lot more since then, of course.


For the final round, we have nominated the soft compound instead of the medium, alongside the hard tyre. It will be interesting to see the effect of this extra step between the compounds on a circuit that looks as though it will provide a very different challenge: even though it uses around half of the usual layout.”




- Alexa Quintin, photo Formula Motorsport Limited

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