Felipe Drugovich took his third settle of the season in Sakhir, and his first on a Saturday, as he stormed to victory in the Feature Bustle. The MP Motorsport rookie is now tied for most wins in 2020, as he finished with a stable 14.8s advantage over polesitter Callum Ilott.
Ilott persevered to chip away at Schumacher’s lead at the cease of the Drivers’ Championship, slicing it the total model down to merely 12 aspects with three races to jog. Starting up from 10th, the German produced a pleasant restoration power to fourth, nonetheless an 11th podium proved an overtake too a long way, with Daruvala resiliently taking third to rating a maiden podium in F2.
The flexibility of the day belonged to Daruvala’s teammate, Yuki Tsunoda. The Crimson Bull junior began the afternoon unhurried the grid, nonetheless magnificently made his strategy as a lot as sixth, in the aid of Nikita Mazepin.
AS IT HAPPENED
Title chasing Ilott’s weekend had gotten off to a unbelievable originate, with the UNI-Virtuosi man taking pole by merely about four tenths in Qualifying. However, he wasn’t moderately as rapid off the motorway on Saturday as Drugovich flung his MP machine down the left of the Briton earlier than the first corner. Drugovich braked too early and Ilott merely about clung on at the exit, nonetheless then the Brazilian realized additional drag and dragged himself in-front, earlier than Turn 2.
Schumacher had struggled to 10th in Qualifying nonetheless made his weak stable originate when the lights went out, flying your total components to fifth by the first corner by myself. Having made it that a long way, Schumacher went toe-to-toe with Guanyu Zhou for P4, nonetheless his aid tyre caught the front cruise of the Virtuosi. Schumacher steer clear off any hurt and after a immediate slither, dived ahead, earlier than Zhou was forced into the pits with hurt.
Schumacher was now taking a look unhurried Marcus Armstrong and out-braked the Kiwi at the first corner of the 2d lap, nonetheless Armstrong wasn’t planning on surrendering the enlighten that effortlessly. The ART man fought aid, taking half in on the truth he had nothing to lose, whereas Schumacher couldn’t maintain the funds for any dangers. Having survived the venture of Schumacher, Armstrong got a circulation on and dispatched of Ilott at Turn 4, leaving the Briton to fight with his important title rival.
The front two had made the mettlesome resolution to originate on the softer compound, whereas the majority of the grid opted for the laborious Pirellis. Ilott regarded to be feeling the penalties, with his mediums beginning to combat.
In the meantime, Schumacher’s laborious tyres regarded in first price shape and it didn’t seize the German long to manufacture basically the most of this, gliding previous Ilott at the first corner. Schumacher was then proficient 2d, as Armstrong locked up and handed him a gaze of the bustle chief
Ilott soldiered on to Lap 13, nonetheless his pitstop was gradual and worth him treasured time, in a roundabout method returning in 17th. Bustle chief Drugovich took his mediums three laps additional and returned in P12, one assign earlier than Ilott. Schumacher was handed the lead, earlier than pitting with 12 laps to jog and returning in sixth.
Schumacher’s teammate, Robert Shwarztman, made the alternate technique work from 14th, getting over a grand Qualifying session and making his components to seventh in the aid of his Championship rival Mazepin.
It was a identical story for Tsunoda, who’d talked about in the leadup to the weekend that the notice had “A mode of overtaking zones.” The Carlin racer was making the these forms of, origin the day in 22nd, he had fought your total components to reverse grid pole. He wasn’t finished there, as an overtake on Shwarztman came subsequent, earlier than he adopted Mazepin previous Armstrong for P6.
Drugovich had opened up an eight 2d gap at the front, whereas Schumacher had fought aid as a lot as fourth, getting stuck in the aid of Jehan Daruvala, who was struggling with for a first podium in F2. The German made quite a lot of makes an are attempting to grab the dignity a long way from the Carlin driver, nonetheless opted to air on the aspect of caution and settled for fourth.
Drugovich very effortlessly closed out the victory, with Ilott taking 2d and Daruvala maintaining on to third. Mazepin finished earlier than Tsunoda in sixth, with Armstrong in seventh and Shwarztman eighth. Ticktum and Jack Aitken performed the cease ten.
Schumacher remains at the cease of the Drivers’ Championship with 203 aspects, 12 earlier than Ilott on 191. Tsunoda is third with 157, earlier than Mazepin in fourth on 150 and Christian Lundgaard in fifth, with 145.
In the Teams’ Championship, PREMA are first with 347 aspects, earlier than UNI-Virtuosi on 310.5 and Hitech Smartly-behaved Prix on 254. Carlin are fourth with 208 and ART Smartly-behaved Prix fifth on 189.
KEY QUOTE – FELIPE DRUGOVICH (MP MOTORSPORT)
“An astonishing bustle. That is my first Feature Bustle settle and it feels unimaginable. We got a proper originate and I got by Callum (Ilott) at Turn 1. The job was a tiny less complicated after that because I got ravishing air out in front. The pit cease went neatly and from there it was about maintaining the drag. We were basically lickety-split, so a ample attributable to the physique of workers.”
Shwartzman can be bidding for a fourth settle of the year in the Flee Bustle on Sunday when he strains up on reverse grid pole at 13.00 (local time).