Guanyu Zhou powered to fine victory today in the 32-lap Feature Race at Bahrain International Circuit, which wrapped up the first round of the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship.
The meeting took place as part of the support programme for this year’s Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.
Zhou started from pole alongside ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard, but at turn one it was Lundgaard who was able to gain the advantage.
Zhou remained among the leaders for much of the race then on, until lap 27 when the Chinese driver reclaimed the lead from Richard Verschoor of MP Motorsport, who was ahead at that time.
Zhou went on to claim the chequered flag in a winning time of 1hr 02mins 27.858secs. Carlin’s Dan Ticktum finished as a close runner-up 0.482 seconds behind, while Hitech Grand Prix’s Liam Lawson came third 2.950s back. Both Ticktum and Lawson were able to make late overtaking moves on Verschoor to gain their finishing positions.
Verschoor had to settle for fourth, while Marcus Armstong came fifth, Jehan Daruvala sixth, Robert Shwartzman seventh and Theo Pourchaire eighth.