Piastri is F2’s second rookie winner of the day after last-lap cross · RaceFans


Alpine Formulation 1 junior Oscar Piastri gained Formulation 2’s night-time dash race at Bahrain on his second begin within the collection.

Hitech’s Juri Vips began from pole on a grid set by the outcomes of Saturday morning’s season-opening race with the highest 10 finishers reversed. MP’s Lirim Zendeli began second adopted by Carlin’s Dan Ticktum.

Nonetheless Ticktum was taken out of competition on the first nook of the race after being hit by Prema’s Robert Shwartzman. That led to the primary laps being run behind the Security Automobile as their broken vehicles got here to a cease.

Zendeli was subsequent to go away the lead battle, being jumped on the restart by Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou, who initially lined up fourth. Zendeli misplaced a number of extra locations earlier than being struck by ART’s Christian Lundgaard and struggling a puncture.

The primary nook drama enabled a number of drivers who began in direction of the again to fly up the order. Hitech’s race one winner Liam Lawson got here from tenth to 3rd and Zhou’s staff mate Felipe Drugovich rose from sixteenth to fourth after the Security Automobile interval. After clearing Zendeli, it didn’t take lengthy for Zhou to cross Vips for the lead too.

Marcus Armstrong was one other riser, having began nineteenth. However the DAMS driver’s progress up the order was slower and it took till midway by way of the race for him to climb as much as fifth and shut on the entrance group.

That fifth place turned third quickly afterwards, as Drugovich spun Lawson at flip 4, after Lundgaard nipped previous each, after which Vips and Lundgaard opted to pit in the course of the ensuing Security Automobile interval.

That briefly promoted ART rookie Theo Pourchaire to fourth earlier than he too pitted and dropped to twelfth. In consequence, Vips was now fifth – with a tyre life benefit – behind Trident’s Bent Viscaal.

There was motion on the restart, with a three-wide transfer between Drugovich, Armstrong and Viscaal into flip 4 leading to Armstrong rising to second. The trade allowed Zhou to attract two seconds forward after one sector. Vips averted the battle however handed Viscaal and Drugovich later within the lap, after which took Armstrong into flip one the following time by.

Vips shortly closed in on Zhou together with his tyre benefit, however simply as he was eyeing up a transfer his automotive started to lose drive out of corners and he dropped down the order. That promoted Piastri, the reigning Formulation 3 champion, to second and Lundgaard to 3rd.

After a quick Digital Security Automobile interval the highest three had three laps to combat, and the successful transfer got here at flip one on the ultimate tour. Piastri handed Zhou on the within, however Lundgaard then dived down the within of each. That compromised his exit, permitting Piastri again by to win an exciting encounter.

Zhou and Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala rounded out the rostrum, as Lundgaard was penalised 10 seconds for his earlier conflict and he completed ninth because of this, simply forward of Armstrong.

MP’s Richard Verschoor got here from the again to complete fourth, and Pourchaire transformed his one-stop technique into fifth, however Vips’ automotive additionally failed him and he dropped to sixteenth on the final lap.

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Bahrain Formulation 2 race two consequence

Place Driver
1 Oscar Piastri
2 Christian Lundgaard
3 Guanyu Zhou
4 Jehan Daruvala
5 Richard Verschoor
6 Theo Pourchaire
7 David Beckmann
8 Marino Sato
9 Matteo Nannini
10 Marcus Armstrong
11 Guilherme Samaia
12 Bent Viscaal
13 Gianluca Petecof
14 Felipe Drugovich
15 Roy Nissany
16 Juri Vips
17 Ralph Boschung
18 Alessio Deledda
19 Liam Lawson
20 Lirim Zendeli
21 Dan Ticktum
22 Robert Shwartzman

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