In the round-up: Valtteri Bottas criticised Mercedes’ qualifying strategy after he took third place on the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
What they say
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton had two new sets of the soft compound tyre to use in the final segment of qualifying, and ended up on the front row. However Bottas used an extra set in Q1 meaning he only had one run on new tyres in Q3, where he qualified third. He wasn’t pleased with the call:
First of all, the practice this afternoon was quite tricky. I didn’t really find a good balance with the car, so it made more chances for the qualifying. The first run of qualifying, actually felt OK. But the lap time wasn’t quite there, so we went again with the new tyres in Q1, which I kind of disagreed, we basically wasted a tyre set. So in Q3, I only had one run with the new tyres. It was not really an optimal qualifying for me.
But throughout the qualifying, the pace really, my confidence within the car and the feeling with the car and understanding of the wind was improving. So it was getting better and better. But I think Max was out of reach today, definitely. But still, I think even with new one new set at the end of quali, it felt like a nice lap, and decent comeback from trickier session earlier on. At least now we have two cars in top three. So I’m sure we can do something good with that.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
Lundgaard loses then regains second place in F2
There were penalties handed out during and after the second Formula 2 sprint race at Bahrain, with the night-time action leading to lots of drama.
Alpine Academy members Guanyu Zhou, Oscar Piastri and Christian Lundgaard fought for the win going into the final lap, with Lundgaard taking the lead into turn one only to lose it at the exit of the corner to Piastri after both dived past long-time leader Zhou.
Lundgaard had pitted during the race to serve a 10-second penalty, but as the FIA wasn’t sure it had been correctly taken he still had the penalty added to his race time and dropped to ninth. Several hours later, it was decided that Lundgaard had in fact served the penalty and he was reinstated in second place in the results. That pushed Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala off the bottom step of the podium, and he is under investigation for an alleged unsafe release in the pit lane.
In addition to that, penalties were handed to Juri Vips for a Virtual Safety Car infringement and to Felipe Drugovich for spinning Liam Lawson.
Formula E adds races to next two events
Formula E has announced that the next two events of its 2020-21 season in Rome and Valencia will now feature two races each.
The world championship began with two races on the streets of Riyadh in February, and it heads to Rome for rounds three and four on April 10th-11th. The trip to Italy was originally supposed to include a single Rome EPrix as in previous years.
Valencia’s permanent circuit hosts FE two weeks later on April 24th-25th, and that too now includes two rounds. With Monaco, Marrakesh and the Santiago double-header all confirmed too, it means the season is already up to 10 races before the six events that are on the calendar but yet to have their dates announced have their places on the schedule finalised.
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— Formula 2 (@Formula2) March 27, 2021
Head up and on to Race 2. Not ideal to throw away 2 races like this but it is what it is for now 🙃
— Richard Verschoor (@R_Verschoor1) March 27, 2021
Maybe instead of cooking up this dog's breakfast of a race weekend format #F2 should have spent its off-season fixing the damn cars.
— Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) March 27, 2021
Seems like you're pretty into my butt? Next time just look, don't touch 😅 @lundgaardoff
— Lirim Zendeli (@lirim_zendeli) March 27, 2021
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