Richard Verschoor finished fourth in the second Formula 2 sprint race in Bahrain on Saturday. The 20-year-old Dutchman had to start 22nd, but fought his way forward. His fellow countryman Bent Viscaal finished in twelfth place outside the points.
Twenty-year-old Verschoor, who will make his Formula 2 debut this weekend, benefited from a safety car situation in the final phase. The MP Motorsport driver made a pit stop at a favorable moment, allowing him to continue his advance on better tires.
Verschoor’s catch-up race stalled in fifth place, but due to a time penalty from Christian Lundgaard, he moved up one position after the race. The game was won by Australian Oscar Piastri.
Viscaal had bad luck during the last safety car situation. The Trident driver, who, like Verschoor, will make his debut this weekend, chose not to make a pit stop, so that he was even in fourth place five laps before the end. After that, however, he fell back a lot on his old tires.
Verschoor dropped out at the first sprint race
For Verschoor, his fifth place was a big boost after he had dropped out on his debut in Formula 2 on Saturday morning. Viscaal finished thirteenth in the first sprint race after a time penalty.
Both Verschoor and Viscaal only have a contract for this race weekend in Bahrain. Both drivers were active in the Formula 3 championship last year.
The Formula 2 main race is scheduled for Sunday at 12.50 am (Dutch time).
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