Schumacher secures pole in debut race, Latifi victorious
Mick Schumacher secured a points-scoring debut in Formula 2 and pole position for Sunday's sprint race after finishing eighth in a Bahrain feature race won by F2 veteran Nicholas Latifi. Williams reserve driver Latifi was peerless in Sakhir, overcoming a dodgy pit-stop to start the new season with his third F2 win.
Latifi was the main beneficiary of pole-sitter Luca Ghiotto making a dreadful start off the line and dropping to P6, although the Italian eventually recovered to take second.
Canadian Latifi, in his sixth season at this level in 2019, worked his way into a dominant lead, but an error in his pit-stop dropped him to fourth place.
However, the 23-year-old was not to be denied, overtaking Louis Deletraz, Nobuharu Matsushita and Nyck de Vries in consecutive laps at Turn 1.
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