Schumacher now stands on 203 points, with Ilott’s second place closing the gap to put him on 191. Robert Shwartzman finished eighth, putting him on reverse-grid pole for tomorrow’s sprint race.
Felipe Drugovich passed championship contender Callum Ilott twice to take his first Formula 2 feature race win in Bahrain, as points leader Mick Schumacher recovered to fourth.
MP Motorsport’s Drugovich and Virtuosi Racing driver Ilott were the only two at the head of the field to start on the conventional medium-hard strategy, and the Brazilian got a better launch immediately to vault into the lead.
Pos Driver Team Time 1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 58m24.004s 2 Callum Ilott Virtuosi Racing +14.833s 3 Jehan Daruvala Carlin +19.376s 4 Mick Schumacher Prema +20.270s 5 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP +28.293s 6 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin +28.590s 7 Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix +31.361s 8 Robert Shwartzman Prema +43.868s 9 Dan Ticktum DAMS +46.959s 10 Jack Aitken Campos Racing +47.327s 11 Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System +49.174s 12 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP +49.294s 13 Sean Gelael DAMS +50.590s 14 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing +53.775s 15 Roy Nissany Trident +53.816s 16 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System +55.957s 17 Giuliano Alesi MP Motorsport +1m01.488s 18 Theo Pourchaire HWA Racelab +1m01.839s 19 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix +1m03.086s 20 Marino Sato Trident +1m05.576s 21 Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing +1m06.756s 22 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab +1m16.019s
From there, the pair were joined by ART Grand Prix’s Marcus Armstrong and Prema driver Schumacher – who both performed the alternative strategy – with the latter making a brilliant start from 10th.
That was despite Schumacher making contact with Ilott’s team-mate Guanyu Zhou at Turn 5 on the opening lap – breaking the front wing of the latter. Schumacher escaped without damage. The incident effectively took Zhou out of title contention, although his chances were narrow anyway.
Ilott seemed happy enough to sit behind Drugovich in this phase of the 32-lap race, while Schumacher overhauled Armstrong after the latter locked up at least three times within a few corners as his harder tyres lost performance.
Making his pitstop before Drugovich, Ilott was then able to get past for the net lead.
When Schumacher pitted, he came out well behind the pair. At that point, Drugovich made his move back on Ilott for the lead by passing into Turn 1.
From there, he extended the gap and took victory by 14.8 seconds to take his third win of the season – the joint-most of anyone in 2020.
Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala took his first F2 podium finish with third, holding off Schumacher. Daruvala, who started eighth, also started on the conventional strategy, which proved to be the better option on the day. He was under pressure from the championship leader until the flag.
Daruvala’s team-mate Yuki Tsunoda was able to make the alternative strategy work well from last on the grid after his qualifying spin. He went as long as Schumacher on the hard tyre, and carved his way through the pack on the medium stint to recover to sixth. He will start the sprint race third and keeps his title hopes alive narrowly.
Just ahead of Tsunoda was Hitech GP’s Nikita Mazepin – another driver who just about remains in contention.
Armstrong ended up seventh after his mid-race struggles, just ahead of Prema’s Robert Shwartzman, who started down the order after qualifying struggles.
DAMS’ Dan Ticktum started third but had a miserable start, dropped down the order and discarded his hard tyres very early. He eventually finished ninth, just ahead of Campos’s Jack Aitken.
Despite a miserable afternoon in which he finished 19th behind debutant Theo Pourchaire, ART’s Christian Lundgaard remains in title contention. Hitech’s Luca Ghiotto (12th), Charouz’s Louis Deletraz (16th) and Zhou (14th) all slip out.
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