In the round-up: Zhou Guanyu admits to feeling nervous ahead of his first qualifying session as a Formula 1 driver
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Zhou relieved to overcome ‘nerves and pressure’ on qualifying debutZhou Guanyu, admitted he felt “nervous and pressured” before his first qualifying session yesterday.
“That was the first two things that came in my mind before I jumped in the car,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans yesterday. “Even though I was so relaxed for this weekend, once that qualifying comes, I just really feel that tension.”
However he was thrilled to progress beyond Q1 at his first attempt, and see team mate Valtteri Bottas take the other Alfa Romeo into Q3.
“But I was happy with Q1, a huge relief,” he said. “And then in qualifying two it was about trying to get a bit more out of myself. I think we didn’t manage that perfectly. But nevertheless, I was so happy with the performance so far. I’m very proud with the team with both cars today [doing] good.”
Bearman unaware of track limits risk before lost win
Oliver Bearman crossed the chequered flag in the lead of Formula 3’s sprint race in Bahrain but was immediately penalised for repeatedly exceeding track limits, and lost victory to Isack Hadjar.
However, Bearman said afterwards that he had been unaware of any track limits violations until the penultimate lap. “I knew I did it once, for sure, on the penultimate lap, I definitely went wide but apart from that, I was pretty sure I was either on the white line or leaving some margin,” Bearman explained. “So I didn’t actually know about the penalty until after the race finished, which is quite bittersweet.”
Hadjar said he had also been unaware of Bearman going over track limits. “I got a radio message from my engineer to say you won the race and I didn’t know why,” he said. “He just told me he has a five second time penalty.”
Sprint race winner Verschoor secured Formula 2 return without manager
Richard Verschoor won Formula 2’s first sprint race of the year, returning to the series after his 2021 campaign with MP Motorsport was cut short due to lack of funding.
Verschoor said he had secured his return himself, including speaking to 17 sponsors, as he has no management. “It’s been tough,” said Verschoor, who took the last place on the F2 grid. “I don’t really have a manager or a management. So basically all the partners that I have, I talk to them myself, I even made the sponsor contacts myself.
“There’s been a lot of effort going into that to make sure that I even can have a drive and follow my dreams. But in the end, I have a lot of partners that support me in this in this phase. So that’s why I’m even more proud to get the win today.”
No replacement for Sochi Formula 2 round
The World Motor Sport Council has approved an updated Formula 2 calendar for 2022 with 13 rounds, confirming that there will be no replacement to the two races planned to be held at the Russian Grand Prix.
The absence of a race at Sochi leaves F2 with a more than two-month gap in its season between the penultimate round at Monza from 9-11th September, until the final round at Yas Marina on 18-20th November.
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|@ValtteriBottas sent Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff a WhatsApp message after qualifying saying he's looking forward to racing his cars tomorrow. Bottas starts sixth, sharing the third row of the grid with ex-team mate @LewisHamilton.#F1 #BahrainGP pic.twitter.com/LJlR0Fe5PG
— RaceFans (@racefansdotnet) March 19, 2022
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) March 19, 2022
Thanks mate! Definitely felt very nervous for my 1st quali 😅
— 周冠宇 | Zhou Guanyu 🇨🇳 (@ZhouGuanyu24) March 19, 2022
OK… I know that this 2017 #HungarianGP encounter is an infamous cliché, but I’ve worked with both of them, they’re both great guys, they’ve both been out of #F1 for a while, & in their different ways they both totally nailed #BahrainGP quali today. 💪👏pic.twitter.com/NQuR36Z6IN
— Matt Bishop 🏳️🌈 (@TheBishF1) March 19, 2022
Why me ???
— Théo Pourchaire (@TPourchaire) March 19, 2022
The @fia confirms what was obvious, that their race director failed to follow their rules.
As a result the world championship changed hands.
— Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) March 19, 2022
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