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FIA F.2 Championship, Baku, Sprint Race Report 

FIA F.2 Championship, Baku, Sprint Race Report 

Good race jeopardized by late contacts

 

In the opening race of the Caspian Sea FIA Formula 2 Championship weekend, the Trident Motorsport drivers were put out of contention by contacts. Verschoor was fighting for second place, while Williams was aiming for the points zone.

 

The sixth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship started with the running of the Sprint Race today. On the fast straights of the Azerbaijani city circuit of Baku, the Formula 2 cars traditionally provided a race full of excitement and surprises, featuring several off-track exits and three neutralizations. Both Trident Motorsport drivers ended their races due to incidents. Richard Verschoor crashed into the Tecpro barriers with three laps to go when he was battling for second with Liam Lawson. The 21-year-old Dutch driver went for a defensive maneuver with an outside line, but couldn't quite make the corner and ended up straight into the barriers. It was a pity, as he seemed set to deliver his third podium of the season and move up in points after three races in which he did not score any points.  Calan Williams hit the barriers on the final lap, and that occurred when the 21-year-old Perth native was 10th. A rival left little room for the Australian at the end of an overtaking maneuver and contact against the barriers was inevitable. In qualifying, Verschoor had set a valuable sixth-fastest lap time that allowed him to start from the fifth spot on the grid for today's race, while Williams, making his debut on the Baku city track, could not do better than P17. The Feature Race, the main one that will wrap up the FIA Formula 2 weekend on Azerbaijani soil, is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:05 a.m. local time.  Verschoor will start from the third row, while Williams will take off from the ninth: the goal is to turn the page immediately after today's setback and get back to points. 

 

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Sprint Race quote

 

"The final part of the Sprint Race was very tough on the team and on everyone's morale. Verschoor had a very good race.  However, in the closing stages, he made a fatal misjudgment while battling with Lawson for second place. Richard tried to defend himself by choosing an outside line, on a dirty track, which led him into the barriers. It would have been better to let the other driver pass, as there was no room to defend himself at that point. On the other hand, it is a pity for what happened to Calan Williams in the closing stages. the Australian driver could have lifted to avoid contact with Boschung, but on the other hand, the Swissman should have left more space to allow our car some space. Now we will work to repair the cars in time for tomorrow's race, when we will aim to collect important points to move up through the ranking."