Formula 2

Tsunoda wins as title goes down to final race

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Credit: FIA Formula 2

Yuki Tsunoda won his third race of the 2020 FIA Formula 2 season as he timed his race-winning overtake to perfection at the Sakhir International Circuit.

The Carlin driver had topped practice and secured pole position on Friday and he continued his dominant weekend with victory in the feature race ahead of Guanyu Zhou. The Chinese driver made the alternate strategy work and he pulled a big enough gap to those behind to keep second despite a five second penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

After a horrible qualifying yesterday, Mick Schumacher made up for his error to take seventh on the final lap as well as fastest lap which keeps his lead at fourteen points over Callum Ilott as the Brit struggled to make progress and only finished one place ahead of the German.

It was a fierce battle for the final podium place as Nikita Mazepin defended all of the track and a little bit more to hold off Felipe Drugovich on the final lap to earn his place on the rostrum. Schumacher’s points mean both Mazepin and Tsunoda are out of the title fight.

Robert Shwartzman won last weekend’s sprint race and he’ll have the chance to do so again as he finished fifth, right behind the battling duo of Mazepin and Drugovich but crucially ahead of Ilott for his PREMA teammate.

Jehan Daruvala was passed by Schumacher on the final lap but that does mean he has the luxury of reverse grid pole position for the final race of the season tomorrow.

Dan Ticktum finished just outside the reverse grid places in ninth having passed Pedro Piquet late on, the Brazilian scored the final point in tenth.

Pos.NameTeamLaps/Gap
1Yuki TsunodaCarlin48 Laps
2Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi+5.613
3Nikita MazepinHitech GP+6.280
4Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport+6.655
5Robert ShwartzmanPREMA+7.438
6Callum IlottUNI-Virtuosi+8.143
7Mick SchumacherPREMA+10.339
8Jehan DaruvalaCarlin+11.818
9Dan TicktumDAMS+14.640
10Pedro PiquetCharouz+17.511
11Marcus ArmstrongART+17.789
12Louis DelétrazCharouz+19.374
13Artem MarkelovHWA Racelab+31.999
14Ralph BoschungCampos+34.388
15Guiliano AlesiMP Motorsport+35.082
16Luca GhiottoHitech GP+38.113
17Marino SatoTrident+39.059
18Théo PourchaireHWA Racelab+41.719
19Sean GelaelDAMS+45.847
20Roy NissanyTrident+50.305
21Christian LundgaardART+59.292
22Guilherme SamaiaCampos+1 Lap
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