RACE DEBRIEF

    The Red Bull junior team may have dominated the first Formula 2 Sprint Race in Sakhir, but the second was all Alpine, as PREMA’s Oscar Piastri completed a superb last lap overtake of UNI-Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou in a frenetic finale.

    The Chinese driver also fell foul to a last gasp move from Christian Lundgaard, dropping to third on an all-Alpine Academy podium.

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    Reigning Formula 3 champion Piastri – who is managed by former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber – became the second rookie winner in as many F2 races.

    It initially looked as though Zhou – who had boldly started on soft tyres – was set to pull off his second win in F2, before two late Safety Cars turned the race on its head and allowed a number of the field to switch to soft Pirellis themselves. Zhou was then left to struggle to the line on heavily degraded tyres, just about holding on to third.

    Piastri and Lundgaard were amongst those to change rubber and galloped ahead on the final lap. Meanwhile, Red Bull junior Jehan Daruvala just missed out on a second podium of Round 1, taking fourth.

    Zhou will get another crack in the main event on Sunday, lining up from pole ahead of Lundgaard in the Feature Race on Sunday at 10.50am (local time).

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