Back to Bahrain - Formula 2 Finale Preview
Here's everything you need to know heading into the final two rounds of the season.
Formula 2 hasn't been racing since Russia - which for me feels like an absolute age ago. Read all about what happened last time out by clicking on the link below. Since then, there's been a lot going on off track with driver moves and Formula 1 tests.
Here's everything you need to know about the explosive tenth round of the 2020 Formula 2 Championship.
So, what do you need to know as we head into the final four races of the 2020 season? Let's start with the basics.
Formula 2 2020 Championship
With two rounds left, the Championship is still all to play for. Here's how the top five looks in the driver's standings:
1. Mick Schumacher - 191 Points.
2. Callum Illot - 169 Points.
3. Yuki Tsunoda - 147 Points.
4. Christian Lungaard - 145 Points.
5. Robert Shwartzman - 140 Points.
Mick Schumacher looks set on course to win the Driver's title but as ever with Formula 2, you never know what might happen and any of the other four drivers might just be able to snatch it from him.
Yuki Tsunoda looks set to join Pierre Gasly next year at Alpha Tauri.
Meanwhile, in the Constructor's Championship, the top five look like this:
1. PREMA - 331 Points.
2. UNI-Virtuosi - 288.5 Points.
3. Hitech - 244 Points.
4. ART - 183 Points.
5. Carlin - 183 Points.
PREMA look set to win but Uni-Virtuosi are the only team that are still really in the hunt to steal the trophy from them at the last minute. If Hitech continue as they have been, third seems pretty safe for them but fourth and fifth places will likely come down to the wire.
Relive the last Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of the double header coming your way to kick off the end of the 2020 season.
Meanwhile, Yuki Tsunoda (hotly tipped to get a seat at Alpha Tauri for 2021) made his Formula 1 debut at a test in Imola. Zhou and Lungaard also got to have a play in F1 cars in Bahrain where they tested as part of their role as Renault Academy drivers.
Jack Aitken, Roy Nissany and Callum Illot will all also get behind the wheels of an F1 car after the Formula 2 season in Abu Dhabi where they test for Williams and Alfa Romeo respectively. Robert Shwarztman will also get the chance to take part in the Abu Dhabi test where he will drive for Ferrari.
In other driver news, Theo Pourchaire (runner up in the 2020 Formula 3 Championship) will get to make his Formula 2 debut this November as he joins the HWA Racelab team for the penultimate round of racing in Sakhir. Read all about that, here:
The Formula 3 rookie moves one step closer to Formula 1.
Finally, Sean Gelael will return to Formula 2 for the final two rounds of the season after fracturing his spine back at the Spanish round of the 2020 Championship earlier this year. Juri Vips stepped in for Gelael but it looks likely that he will now step aside for the remainder of the season now that Gelael has returned. He currently sits down in 20th place in the driver's championship but given that he missed a lot of this season, it's not really a fair representation of what he's capable of behind the wheel.
With several drivers, Schumacher, Illot, Tsunoda, all looking to get into Formula 1 next year and with racing seats there drying up fast, the final four races will be crucial for these drivers - especially as awesome talent may not even be enough to guarantee them a seat in F1 next year. It should make for some exciting racing though - something that Formula 2 usually delivers on.
And that's about it on all the key points you need to know as we head into the final leg of the season. What are you most looking forward to about it? Let me know in the comments below.