Richard Verschoor retired early on Saturday from his Formula 2 debut. Bent Viscaal also lost no points in the sprint race in Bahrain, where the victory went to New Zealander Liam Lawson.
Verschoor had qualified in sixth place, but his sprint race came to an end in the second lap. The MP Motorsport driver was kicked off the track by Dan Ticktum, which resulted in a 5-second time penalty for the Briton.
Viscaal had to start sixteenth and was able to work his way up to thirteenth place in the opening phase. He eventually finished eleventh. In tenth place he could have started the second sprint race with a reversed starting order of pole position.
The only 17-year-old Théo Pourchaire was allowed to start in pole position thanks to a grid penalty of nine places for the Chinese Guanyu Zhou. The French top talent had mechanical problems early in the race and retired.
Lawson, who started third, took the lead so early. The 19-year-old driver who is part of the Red Bull Racing course, she kept the lead in his debut race to the finish. The Indian Jehan Deruvala and the German David Beckmann were allowed to take the stage as numbers two and three.
The Dutch have a contract for one weekend
Verschoor and Viscaal only have a contract for the first race weekend in Bahrain, it is still unclear whether they will also be in action for the rest of the Formula 2 season.
The second sprint race starts on Saturday at 5.40 p.m. at the Bahrain International Circuit, on Sunday at 12.50 p.m. the feature race starts.
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