Oscar Piastri claimed a dramatic late victory this evening in the second Sprint Race of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, supporting the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2021 at Bahrain International Circuit.
After Liam Lawson won the first Sprint earlier in the day, it was Piastri’s turn to take the chequerd flag and he did so on the race’s penultimate lap.
Trailing Guanyu Zhou, who led for much of the event, Piastri found an opening on lap 22 and lunged into the lead. Just a lap earlier, he overtook pole-sitter Juri Vips as he made a fantastic push to the finish.
Piastri eventually clinched the win in a total time of 46:19.610. Following a few penalties to some of the top finishers, Christian Lundgaard was the runner-up 0.774s behind. Zhou completed the podium in third place 2.076s back. Fourth through eighth, respectively, were Jehan Daruvala, Richard Verschoor, Theo Pourchaire, David Beckmann, and Marino Sato.
Following both of today’s Sprints, F2 now heads to its third and final race of the weekend on Sunday, the 32-lap Feature, starting at 1.50pm.