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FIA F2 Championship, Sakhir, Race Preview

FIA F2 Championship, Sakhir, Race Preview

The FIA Formula 2 Championship season is about to start with Bahrain hosting the first of the 14 events of the series this weekend. It will be a long and challenging year, and Trident Motorsport is lining up with a completely new driver combination.

The FIA Formula 2 Championship returns to the desert track of Sakhir, which traditionally hosts the opening event of the series. The only exception, in recent times, was 2020, when due to the pandemic, the championship took off from the Red Bull Ring. This year, the FIA Formula 2 Championship returns to a two-race format, with the Feature Race scheduled on Sunday and the Sprint Race on Saturday, featuring a reversed top-10 from qualifying. Trident Motorsport is starting the new season with a completely revamped lineup, featuring Richard Verschoor and Calan Williams.

Verschoor, a 21-year-old Dutchman, will be at his second season in the category. Winner of the Macau Grand Prix in 2019, he already secured his maiden F2 win at Silverstone last year.  Williams, a 21-year-old Australian from Perth, comes from two seasons in FIA Formula 3. He scored one podium at Le Castellet in 2021 and was previously a winner in the Australian series. During preseason testing held at Sakhir, both drivers showed good potential and delivered a positive feeling which gives the team full confidence in terms of expecting a competitive season.

The Bahrain International Circuit is a stop-and-go track and needs great braking and traction. For this reason, the rear tires are especially stressed. Normally, the track has a high degree of evolution throughout the weekend due to the different series that run there. The high percentage of granite in the asphalt generates increased abrasion and tire wear, which must be carefully managed by the drivers. This year, each driver will have five sets of dry tires (three "Prime" and two "Option"), one less than in 2021. In addition, pole position awards two points instead of four. There will also be huge temperature swings, with the Sprint Race taking place in the evening under the floodlights, and the Future Race getting underway very early in the afternoon. Trident Motorsport's technical department has prepared with high determination and commitment together with the drivers. Now it's finally time to begin a highly-anticipated and demanding season with an increased competitive level.

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:

We are looking forward to a new season that promises to be very exciting for Trident Motorsport. We will have a completely new line-up, with two highly competitive and hyper-motivated drivers that will help us to reach the goals we have set. Verschoor is in his second year in the series, while Williams will make his FIA Formula 2 Championship debut. They complement each other very well and I'm sure that there is the right chemistry within the team, which is the most important thing when you aim for high-level achievements. The team will do its absolute best to provide support to the drivers throughout the season.

The engines of the FIA Formula 2 Championship will start on Friday at 12:35, for the 45-minute free practice session. Qualifying is scheduled at 19:25. The Sprint Race will be at 19:40 on Friday, while the Feature Race will be on Sunday at 13:40. All the track activity will be broadcast live by the Sky Sports networks. Times are local, two hours ahead of the Central European Time.