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Flag of Bahrain 2018 Bahrain Sprint Race
Bahrain International Circuit 2015
The unchanged Bahrain International Circuit.
Race Information
Date 7 April 2018
Event Flag of Bahrain 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix
Location Flag of Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit Sakhir, Bahrain
Lap length 5.406km (3.359mi)
Distance 23 laps / 124.338km (77.260mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Team Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema
Time 1:47.711 on lap 11
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara
Winner Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 0:42:42.161
Race Guide
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The 2018 Bahrain Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2018 Sakhir Race 2, was the second round of the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Bahrain International Circuit on the 8 April 2018.[1] The race, which was staged in the build-up to the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix, would see Artem Markelov produce another battling performance en-route to victory.[2]

Having finished eighth in the Feature Race, Maximilian Günther would start the Sprint Race from pole, as per the rules of F2.[2] He would ultimately start the race on his own on the front row, with Sean Gelael stalling on the formation lap, the latest victim of the new Dallara F2 2018's tricky clutch.[2]

Further stalls came at the start of the race, with George Russell, Jack Aitken and Santino Ferrucci all left standing on the grid.[2] The former two, being higher up on the grid, were particularly dangerous, but the rest of the field miraculously managed to avoid them in the sprint to turn one.[2]

At the front, meanwhile, Nyck de Vries hooked up his start beautifully to charge past Günther into the first corner, with Markelov sprinting up into third.[2] The rest of the field were led by Sérgio Sette Câmara and Feature Race winner Lando Norris, although at the end of the lap de Vries already looked out of touch.[2]

Markelov would find his own way past Günther on the fourth lap, before going charging off after de Vries out front.[2] Their impending scrap ultimately came around on lap ten, although with de Vries struggling with his "medium" Pirelli tyres, Markelov met almost no resistance.[2] Indeed, de Vries would pull into the pits before the Russian made his move, with the Dutchman rejoining with a set of "softs" down in thirteenth.[2]

Markelov would keep the chasing pack at bay for the rest of the race, with Günther briefly challenging before falling back towards Norris and Câmara.[2] Markelov would go on to claim victory from the German racer, with Câmara inheriting third when teammate Norris hit mechanical trouble.[2] de Vries, meanwhile, would fight his way up into fifth at the chequered flag with fastest lap.[2]

Background

There were no changes overnight ahead of the second Formula Two race of 2018, although there were murmurs of discontent about the new Dallara F2 2018.[3] Indeed, many of the drivers were concerned about the new car's clutch, which had caused Artem Markelov, Roberto Merhi and Antonio Fuoco to all stall at the start of the Feature Race.[4] However, many were reluctant to voice their concerns publicly, and would refrain from making comments until the end of the weekend.[3]

Into the Championship and victory in the Feature Race, combined with fastest lap and pole position, meant that Lando Norris held a thirteen point advantage over the rest of the field after the opening round, with teammate Sérgio Sette Câmara the man behind. Next up was Artem Markelov after his stirring drive through the field, while Alexander Albon completed the top four ahead of George Russell.

In the Teams Championship Carlin held a commanding lead over the rest of the field, being one of only three teams to get both their drivers in the points. Indeed, their one-two finish ensured that they were 34 points clear of second placed Russian Time, with the rest of the field strong out behind the Russian effort. Indeed, only Campos Racing, Charouz and Trident had failed to score at the first race.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2018 Bahrain Sprint Race is displayed below:

2018 Bahrain Sprint Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
9 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
Source:[5]

Grid

The grid for the second race of the 2018 campaign was formed from the finishing positions of the Feature Race, with the top eight reversed as per-FIA Formula Two rules.[2]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
Maximilian Günther 2
______________ Sean Gelael*
3 ______________
Nyck de Vries 4
______________ George Russell
5 ______________
Alexander Albon 6
______________ Artem Markelov
7 ______________
Sérgio Sette Câmara 8
______________ Lando Norris
9 ______________
Jack Aitken 10
______________ Ralph Boschung
11 ______________
Nicholas Latifi 12
______________ Luca Ghiotto
13 ______________
Louis Delétraz 14
______________ Santino Ferrucci
15 ______________
Arjun Maini 16
______________ Roy Nissany
17 ______________
Antonio Fuoco 18
______________ Nirei Fukuzumi
19 ______________
Tadasuke Makino 20
______________ Roberto Merhi
  • * Gelael would start the race from the pitlane after stalling on the formation lap.[6]

Race

It was another hot afternoon in Sakhir ahead of the first Sprint Race of the season, prompting the majority of the field to choose Pirelli's "medium" compound tyres.[2] The exception to this would be Roberto Merhi, forced to gamble on a set of "softs" after a miserable Feature Race on Saturday left him at the back of the field.[2] He would, however, immediately gain a position ahead of the start, with Sean Gelael stalling on the formation lap.[2]

Report

Gelael's stall was a sign of things to come at the start proper, with George Russell, Jack Aitken and Santino Ferrucci left standing on the grid when the lights went out.[2] Indeed, only some very quick reactions from Artem Markelov kept him from ramming the stranded Russell, with thirteen cars weaving around the stuck drivers.[2] Miraculously there would be no accidents, with those three all getting into the race after being pushed into the pits to restart their cars.[2]

In the middle of that melee Alexander Albon would limp away from the grid, getting swamped in the back, forcing Antonio Fuoco onto the grass as he went around his outside.[6] On the opposite side of the track, Ralph Boschung almost inadvertently put Luca Ghiotto into the pitwall, the young Swiss having to suddenly dart to the right to avoid the stalled Russell.[6] Almost unnoticed, Sérgio Sette Câmara made an amazing start to dodge around the slow starting Albon, only to get his nose chopped off by Markelov's charging Russian Time.[6]

At the front of the field, meanwhile, Nyck de Vries took advantage of the empty piece of tarmac in front him to sprint past pole occupier Maximilian Günther into turn one.[2] Markelov followed them through, having been on the wrong side to challenge the young German into the first corner, with Câmara next in the queue.[2] Behind him came his Carlin teammate Lando Norris while, at the back of the field, Gelael joined the fray from the pit lane.[2]

The stalled cars were cleared and back on track well before the opening lap was completed by de Vries, who charged across the line with a small lead over Günther and Markelov.[2] Câmara and Norris were next ahead of Ghiotto, who was on his own before Boschung crossed the line with the rest of the field on his tail.[2] At the back, meanwhile, Russell and Aitken were half a lap behind, with Ferrucci chasing hard after them a further ten seconds back.[2]

de Vries began to pull away in the early stages, while Markelov was unable to deal with Günther as they opted to preserve their tyres.[6] Câmara, meanwhile, would run in a solid fourth ahead of teammate Norris, although the Brit's race looked to be over at the start of lap three when his engine lost power.[6] That allowed Ghiotto to breeze past on the start/finish straight while, just behind, Louis Delétraz pulled off a decisive dive inside Boschung into turn one.[6]

Norris' race was not over, however, and he duly sent his Carlin back past Ghiotto's Campos at the start of lap four.[6] Out front, meanwhile, Markelov pulled off an excellent dive on Günther into turn three on lap five, before charging off the catch de Vries, some three seconds clear.[6] He duly began to catch the Dutchman's Prema as the race wore on, with de Vries thought to be struggling with his tyres.[2]

Ultimately, there would be no duel for the lead, for de Vries was forced to stop at the end of lap ten having burned through his "mediums".[2] Markelov duly inherited the lead, having just closed to DRS range of the Dutchman, with Günther a further two seconds back.[2] Câmara had been promoted to third, while Norris' race was continuing on, his glitch in the early stages seeming to have disappeared.[2]

With the top four breaking away attention would focus further down the order, with de Vries carving his way back up the order on his new "softs".[6] Indeed, having slipped to thirteenth, the Dutchman was soon carving past the lower end of the top ten, taking Boschung with ease for sixth on lap fourteen, just four laps after his stop.[6] A couple of laps later and the Prema was sent diving past Ghiotto for fifth into turn eleven, with attention returning to the front of the field in the closing stages.[6]

Indeed, as series of lock-ups for Günther had allowed Câmara and Norris to pull right onto his tail, with the Brazilian trying a lunge into turn one with three laps to go.[6] However, the move was too ambitious and caused Câmara to run wide, allowing teammate Norris to attack him on the exit.[6] The Brit duly got a good run out of the corner to challenge around the outside of turn three, although Câmara was able to run his teammate out wide and hold third.[6]

With that the race was run, with Markelov managing his tyres beautifully to claim victory ahead of Günther, whom had been left untouched after the Carlin's attacked one another.[6] Câmara came home fourth safely ahead of teammate Norris, who lost power just before the line, while de Vries was a distant fifth after his stop.[6] Ghiotto was next ahead of an all-out scrap for the remaining points, with Delétraz elbowed out wide at the final corner by Nicholas Latifi, only to rejoin ahead of the Canadian to claim ninth at the line.[6] They had followed Boschung and Nirei Fukuzumi past the chequered flag, with the Swiss racer fending off the young Japanese racer's late lunge into turn fourteen at the end of the race.[6]

Results

The final classification of the 2018 Bahrain Sprint Race is displayed below:

2018 Bahrain Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 23 0:42:42.161 1:49.503 15
2nd 11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 23 +2.105s 1:49.537 12
3rd 18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 23 +3.803s 1:49.777 10
4th 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 23 +5.043s 1:49.459 8
5th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 23 +10.265s 1:47.711 8
6th 14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 23 +15.696s 1:50.334 4
7th 10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 23 +23.511s 1:50.556 2
8th 12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 23 +24.582s 1:50.477 1
9th 20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 23 +25.194s 1:49.260
10th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 23 +25.687s 1:50.618
11th 9 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 23 +25.804s 1:48.877
12th 21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 23 +26.638s 1:49.644
13th 5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS 23 +31.759s 1:50.656
14th 16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident 23 +36.793s 1:50.464
15th 15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 23 +43.989s 1:49.910
16th 3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 23 +57.845s 1:47.998
17th 2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time 23 +1:03.819 1:49.834
18th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix 23 +1:39.757 1:49.369
19th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix 22 +1 Lap 1:48.700
20th 17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident 22 +1 Lap 1:49.826
Source:[7]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.

Milestones

Standings

Victory in the sprint race ensured that Artem Markelov closed the gap to Lando Norris at the head of the field, although the Brit still held a nine point advantage over the Russian. Sérgio Sette Câmara, meanwhile, dropped to third on 28 points, two behind Markelov, with the rest of the field on sixteen points or fewer. Maximilian Günther was the first of those after his maiden podium finish, level on points with Nyck de Vries.

Carlin continued to hold sway over the Teams' Championship after the opening round, with more than double the points of second placed Russian Time. The Pertamina Prema effort were next ahead of BWT Arden, while DAMS completed the top five level on points with compatriots ART Grand Prix. At the bottom of the table, meanwhile, Campos Racing had moved ahead of MP Motorsport, leaving Trident and Charouz as the only teams yet to score.

 
2018 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris 39 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 30 ▲1
3rd Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 28 ▼1
4th Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther 16 ▲4
5th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 16 ▲1
6th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 12 ▼2
7th Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell 10 ▼2
8th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 6 ▼1
9th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 4 ▲3
10th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 3 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 2 ▼2
12th Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi 1 ▲6
2018 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 67 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia Russian Time 30 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema 22 ◄0
4th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 16 ▲2
5th Flag of France DAMS 12 ▼1
6th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 12 ▼1
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 4 ▲1
8th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 3 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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