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Newbie Verschoor just off the podium at Formula 2 main race in Bahrain | NOW

Richard Verschoor just missed a podium place on Sunday at the main race of Formula 2 in Bahrain. The twenty-year-old debutant had to settle for fourth place in the entry class of Formula 1.

Verschoor led the race from the 20th to the 28th lap, but then had to leave the pole-starting Chinese Guanyu Zhou ahead. In the penultimate round, Briton Dan Ticktum also came alongside, and in the last of the 32 rounds Verschoor was passed by New Zealander Liam Lawson.

Twenty-year-old Verschoor had started in fifth place, after he had finished fourth with a nice catch-up race on Saturday in the second sprint race at the Bahrain International Circuit. Shortly after the safety car had disappeared from the track for the second time, the driver of the Dutch team MP Motorsport was able to take the lead.

Incidentally, Ticktum could still lose his second place. The race management has launched an investigation into an overtaking maneuver by the Briton, in which he knocked Australian Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri off the track.

Again no points for Viscaal

Bent Viscaal, the second Dutchman to make his Formula 2 debut this weekend, again failed to score points. After a thirteenth and twelfth place in the sprint races, he finished seventeenth on Sunday.

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Both Verschoor and Viscaal only have a contract for this race weekend in Bahrain. Both drivers were active in Formula 3 last year. The next Formula 2 weekend will not be held in Monaco until 22 and 23 May.

The Formula 1 race starts on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. on the same circuit in Bahrain, with Max Verstappen in pole position.

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