RACE DEBRIEF

    Ferrari junior Callum Ilott is not giving up the Formula 2 Championship battle without a fight, slashing Mick Schumacher’s lead at the top of the table to just 18 points, with his fifth pole position of the season in Bahrain qualifying.

    The UNI-Virtuosi driver was flawless as he dominated the session from start to finish, setting his quickest laptime in the first half of the session to take provisional pole by 0.391s, ahead of Felipe Drugovich and Dan Ticktum.

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    Championship leader Mick Schumacher could only manage P10, with the PREMA racer eight tenths off the pace in Sakhir.

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    Pole position qualifier Callum Ilott of Great Britain and UNI-Virtuosi Racing (centre), second place qualifier Felipe Drugovich of Brazil and MP Motorsport (left) and third place qualifier Dan Ticktum of Great Britain and DAMS (right) in Bahrain

    Schumacher wasn’t the only title challenger who endured a difficult afternoon as Yuki Tsunoda failed to set a laptime. The Red Bull junior spun at Turn 12 and was unable to get his car going again, forcing him into retirement.

    Ilott will be eying up a fourth win of the season in the Feature Race on Saturday at 1210 (local time), while Schumacher will be requiring another one of his trademark strong starts if he is to prevent his FDA rival from further closing the gap in the Championship fight.

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