FIA F2 heads to final round on Bahrain International Circuit, Outer Track

FIA F2 heads to final round on Bahrain International Circuit, Outer Track

03.12.2020: FIA FORMULA 2 Championship Bahrain International Circuit - Outer Track 4-6 December 2020 > The Bahrain International Circuit Ė Outer Track is new to the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Consisting of 11 corners, itís 3.543km long, and becomes the


FIA FORMULA 2 Championship
Bahrain International Circuit - Outer Track
4-6 December 2020





> The Bahrain International Circuit – Outer Track is new to the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Consisting of 11 corners, it’s 3.543km long, and becomes the second circuit configuration in Bahrain to be used by Formula 2.


> This weekend Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott, Nikita Mazepin, Robert Shwartzman or Yuki Tsunoda will become the fourth champion in the modern era of FIA Formula 2.


> Rookie drivers took victory in both races last weekend, with Felipe Drugovich winning his third race of the season (his first since Round 6) and Robert Shwartzman winning his fourth (more than any other driver this season).


> Jehan Daruvala’s third place finish in the Feature Race last weekend was his first podium finish in F2.


> 16 different drivers have now stood on the podium so far this season, setting a new record for unique podium finishers in a single season.


> Louis Delétraz is the only driver that has completed every racing lap so far this season.


> PREMA Racing teammates Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman have both led 94 laps in their F2 careers, with Shwartzman’s all in this campaign. The Russian has led more laps than anyone else this season.


> Ralph Boschung will replace Jack Aitken in Campos Racing’s 9 car for the final round of the season, after the British driver was called up to replace 2018 F2 champion George Russell at Williams F1. Boschung began his F2 career with the Spanish outfit in 2017, scoring 11 points.


It all comes down to this. With 22 exciting races in the books, the Drivers’ title will be decided on the final weekend of the season. Championship leader Mick Schumacher fell short of the podium last weekend, when Felipe Drugovich took a maiden Feature Race victory before Robert Shwartzman clinched a fourth win of his rookie season in the Sprint.


Nikita Mazepin went quickest in Free Practice, ahead of Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala and Yuki Tsunoda, but nobody could touch a determined Callum Ilott in Qualifying. The UNI-Virtuosi racer set the pace early, with Drugovich 0.391s behind in P2.


The Brazilian fired off the line to lead through Turn 1 on Saturday, but Schumacher made up an eye-catching six places in the opening lap as he stormed through the order from P10 in pursuit of nearest title challenger Ilott. Tyre strategy proved decisive and while Schumacher, who had started on hard tyres, would inherit the lead as those ahead of him boxed, it was Drugovich who took the flag 14.8s ahead of Ilott. Despite relentless pressure from Schumacher, Daruvala defended brilliantly to claim his first F2 podium in third.


Sunday saw plenty of action but almost all of it behind Shwartzman, who lead from lights-to-flag from reverse grid pole.
Ilott collided with Daruvala, sending the Indian racer spinning out and the Briton down the order. A Safety Car period
provided Louis Delétraz the chance to pit for fresh tyres, and he charged through the field to finish third. Mazepin took
second for his sixth podium of the season.





Tyre talk with Mario Isola, Pirelli:


“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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