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FIA F2 Championship, Sakhir, Feature Race

FIA F2 Championship, Sakhir, Feature Race

Trident Motorsport suffers double DNF in Bahrain Feature Race
Sprint Race winner Richard Verschoor was hit from behind and forced to retire in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race in Bahrain. Calan Williams was stopped by a pit issue when he was in the point zone. 

The Feature Race at Sakhir rounded out the opening FIA Formula 2 Championship event of the season in Bahrain, although the Trident Motorsport drivers were definitely not lucky. Starting from the ninth row on the grid, Richard Verschoor started on Prime tyres. After holding the top-10 for the first part of the race, the Dutchman was called back to the pit lane to make his mandatory stop. Back on-track with Option tyres, he was sidelined by contact, as another car hit him from behind and spun him in the runoff area. Despite having to retire, Verschoor is still sixth in the driver standings. 

Calan Williams, who was on a different strategy, also had an unlucky ending. Williams made a great start on Option tyres and managed to climb up close to the top-5. After changing tyres, the Perth native was able to reclaim the points zone. With a few laps to go, the race was neutralized as the stewards removed Verschoor’s car so Williams was called back to the pits for a second set of Options, which would have given him a critical advantage in the closing stages. Unfortunately, the stop did not go according to plan due to a fitment issue to the front right wheel. 

The FIA Formula 2 Championship will now push full steam ahead as Round 2 is already scheduled for the coming weekend at Jeddah.

 

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Feature Race:

“Today's race gave us very little satisfaction as both our drivers were forced to surrender by negative episodes. Verschoor had the potential to score points, but suffered from a rear-end collision with a contender and had to retire. On the other hand, we are very sorry for the pit lane incident that resulted in a DNF for Calan Williams. He was having an impeccable race and would have deserved to score points in his debut F2 weekend. I think that the choice to put on a set of Option tires in the final stages would have given him a big advantage”.