Le week-end de F2 à Bahreïn en un coup d'oeil


Man of the Weekend: Liam Lawson (Hitech)

For his big debut in Formula 2, the New Zealander from the Hitech Grand Prix team was the most prominent driver of the weekend. Winner of sprint race 1 on Saturday morning thanks to a superb start, Lawson also signed a fine podium in the main race, despite the discovery of pit stops and tire degradation. Very fast and capable of rough but fair defenses, the Kiwi proved that he had adapted perfectly to F2. The Red Bull protege was the best rookie of the weekend. He already takes second place in the championship behind Guanyu Zhou.

The weekend disappointment: Robert Shwartzman (Prema)

By his own admission, the Russian had an extremely difficult weekend. First, a technical problem in qualifying forced him to start from far away in Race 1 (11th). After a superb start and an intelligent race, the member of the Ferrari Driver Academy secured an honorable fourth place. The rest, however, was more painful. At the start of Race 2, the Russian went to harpoon a Dan Ticktum (Carlin) not exempt from all reproach, either. Then he ran into Nissany (DAMS) on the first lap of the main race, missing his braking at turn 4. Despite a drive through, the Prema driver managed to limit the damage by finishing 7th with the fastest lap in the race. Shwartzman will bounce back, no doubt about it, but he will have to temper his enthusiasm in the first laps and bet on consistency.

The picture :

Winner of the first main Formula 2 race of his career (pictured here), the Chinese was the most consistent during this inaugural round. On pole for 0”003, he also signed an important podium in Race 2. Here he is first leader of the championship, with eleven points ahead of his runner-up Liam Lawson.

The event of the weekend: the Piastri / Ticktum collision in the main race

After winning the second race of the weekend after a thrilling finish, Oscar Piastri almost secured a podium in the main race. In the fight with Dan Ticktum to defend his 3rd place, the Australian and the Briton stuck with two laps to go, at turn 2. The marshals considered it a race incident.

The number :

18: The number of places recovered by Richard Verschoor (MP Motorsport) in Race 2. Starting from 22nd and last position, the Dutchman finished 4th.

Théo Pourchaire’s weekend:

Qualif’ : 10e
C1 : Abandon
C2: 6e
C3: 8e

The Frenchman has had a frustrating start. After an error in qualifying which still allowed him to start from pole in race 1 thanks to the reverse grid rule, the Habs seemed well on their way to securing second place. But a breakdown in the turbo deprived him of a first podium. After a nice comeback from P19 to P6 in race 2 with superb overtaking, Pourchaire then signed an 8th place in the main race, after seeing his strategy collapsed following the appearance of a Safety Car. .

The declaration of the weekend:

Lirim Zendeli (MP Motorsport) speaking to Christian Lundgaard on Twitter after the Dane sent him into the background in Race 2 by pushing him from behind: “Christian, it seems you are particularly interested in my butt. Next time, just admire it, don’t touch it! ”

Classification :

Discover the full report and analysis of the Formula 2 meeting in Bahrain in AUTOhebdo n ° 2305, available from Monday evening in digital version, and Wednesday on newsstands.



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