Ending a two-month break, the FIA Formula 2 Championship will be back into action at the track located near Manama, which already hosted preseason testing in early March. Roy Nissany and Marino Sato are focused and highly-determined ahead of the penultimate round of the season.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship will be back on track this coming weekend at the Al Sakhir track, which will host the two final rounds of the 2020 series. The venue, which hosted 15 editions of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix since 2004, was originally meant to be home to the season opener. After hosting preseason testing though, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the promoters to postpone the event, rescheduled for the end of the season.
The BIC International Circuit can offer different configurations so the two final rounds of the season will be held on two very different layouts to determine which of the six drivers still fighting in the title race will prevail. The three-day preseason test made sure that drivers gained enough experience at the Grand Prix Circuit, which will be used this weekend.
Back then, Nissany had covered 152 laps while Sato completed twenty fewer, the distance of nearly four Feature Races. The direction of travel is hourly, on a circuit measuring 5.412 kilometres. The corners that are most demanding for the tires most are mainly on the right. As for the distance of the two heats, the Feature Race will have a distance of 32 laps, while the Sprint Race will be held over 23 laps.
The challenges of the desert track are well known and range from the difficulty in managing the thermal degradation of the tires, to the sand that settles on the track on a surface that is only used occasionally during the season. The goal for Sato and Nissany this weekend is to strengthen their position in the rankings, consistently run in the points, and to be ready should an opportunity arise. Working together with their technical staff, the drivers prepared the doubleheader with great attention. Now it is up to the track to confirm the quality of the work done.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“The performance level of the team and its drivers improved significantly in the second half of the season. The runs of Roy Nissany and Marino Sato have been increasingly convincing especially since Spa-Francorchamps. With a little more experience and luck, they would have achieved even higher goals. In Bahrain, we want to confirm our growing trend and improve our position in the championship which currently does not reflect our value”.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will be running for the first time at 12:35 on Friday for the first free practice session. Qualifying is scheduled for the same day at 16:15 in the afternoon. The Feature Race will be starting at 12:10 on Saturday, with the Sprint Race will wrap-up the weekend on Sunday at 13:00. All the action will be televised live by the Sky Sports networks. All times are local, two hours ahead of the Central European Time.