Mick Schumacher wins Formula 2 title after dramatic final in Sakhir

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Prema’s Mick Schumacher won the Formula 2 title after a dramatic season finale in Bahrain.

Prema’s Mick Schumacher won the Formula 2 title after a dramatic season finale in Bahrain.

Mick Schumacher was crowned 2020 Formula 2 champion after hanging on to Callum Ilott as he failed to score points in a dramatic final race of the season in Bahrain.

The official Formula 1 starting series title gives Schumacher, the son of F1 legend Michael, the perfect boost ahead of joining the grid with Haas next season, with the German following in recent footsteps. F2 champions Charles Leclerc and George Russell making a step up.

Schumacher, who only needed to finish sixth in Sunday’s reverse-grid Sprint race around the Sakhir shortened circuit, had a run-down afternoon in 18th place for Prema – however, his blush was spared as his rival title Ilott also finished without a point.

Ilott, who was 14 points behind Schumacher as the final approached and therefore needed to finish at least second, was third in the final laps but then fell back to 11th.

Jehan Daruvala led a Carlin double ahead of Yuki Tsonda to win the last race of the Sakhir GP, ahead of Dan Ticktum.

“To be honest I’m a bit overwhelmed, I don’t feel like a champion yet,” said Schumacher. “It will take a few days I think.

“The guys I’ve driven against this year are absolutely amazing, have a good level of handling and have been very respectful.

“Callum gave me a race for my money, it’s been a really tough year. So a big thank you to him too. ”

Schumacher’s title triumph en route to F1

Schumacher becomes the fourth F2 champion, after Leclerc, Russell and Nyck De Vries, although Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are two of the many top winners of the previous iteration of the series, GP2.

Schumacher has achieved just two wins this season and no pole position, but has been consistent – especially in racing – throughout the year to win the championship in his second F2 campaign.

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Mick Schumacher was delighted to clinch the Formula 2 title in his last race before joining the F1 paddock with Haas.

Mick Schumacher was delighted to clinch the Formula 2 title in his last race before joining the F1 paddock with Haas.

This is the 21-year-old’s second major title in his junior career, after sealing the Formula 3 European Championship in 2018.

He was confirmed as one of Haas’ two rookies for the 2021 F1 season last week and will partner with fellow F2 Nikita Mazepin for the US team.

Champions GP2 / F2

An Chauffeur Have you arrived in F1?
2005 (GP2) Nico Rosberg Yes
2006 (GP2) Lewis Hamilton Yes
2007 (GP2) Timo Glock Yes
2008 (GP2) Giorgio Pantano Yes
2009 (GP2) Nico Hulkenberg Yes
2010 (GP2) Pasteur Maldonado Yes
2011 (GP2) Romain Grosjean Yes
2012 (GP2) Davide Valsecchi Non
2013 (GP2) Fabio Leimer Non
2014 (GP2) Jolyon Palmer Yes
2015 (GP2) Stoffel Vandoorne Yes
2016 (GP2) Pierre Gasly Yes
2017 (F2) Charles Leclerc Yes
2018 (F2) George Russell Yes
2019 (F2) Nyck De Vries Non
2020 (F2) Mick Schumacher Yes (next year)

Ferrari, where Michael Schumacher has won six of his seven championships and of which Mick is a member of the drivers’ academy, is hoping the youngster will show enough progress at Haas to eventually win a seat with the Scuderia.

More soon.



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