Sakhir F2: Schumacher crowned champion as Daruvala wins finale

Mick Schumacher clinched the 2020 Formula 2 title in a tense season finale in Bahrain despite finishing down in 18th, as Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala overhauled Dan Ticktum to claim a maiden win.

With a 14-point advantage over his sole title rival Callum Ilott going into Sunday’s sprint race, Mick Schumacher was the favourite to claim the title ahead of his Formula 1 graduation with Haas in 2021.

However, there was drama on the opening lap when the Prema driver suffered a huge lock-up going into Turn 4 while running second, raising doubts over his ability to make it to the chequered flag on the same set of tyres.

After losing three places on lap 19, Schumacher headed to the pits at the end of the tour and dropped firmly to the rear of the field, promoting Ilott to third behind then race leader Dan Ticktum and Daruvala.

But Ilott still needed to win the race to overcome the massive points deficit to Schumacher, something he failed to do after an apparent tyre drop off dropped him down to 11th and outside the points.

Schumacher was hence crowned champion with an 18th-place finish, as Yuki Tsunoda made it a Carlin 1-2 after overtaking Ticktum on the last lap and finishing second behind race winner Daruvala.

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Race results:

18 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 
27 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 3.500
32 Dan Ticktum DAMS 3.900
43 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 5.600
521 Robert Shwartzman Prema Powerteam 7.500
614 Giuliano Alesi MP Motorsport 9.000
725 Luca Ghiotto HitechGP 11.000
815 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 13.800
924 Nikita Mazepin HitechGP 14.500
104 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi 16.000
1112 Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System 16.100
126 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 17.000
1311 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 20.100
145 Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix 21.800
1522 Roy Nissany Trident 23.600
1623 Marino Sato Trident 26.000
171 Sean Gelael DAMS 26.700
1820 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam 28.500
1910 Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing 35.900
2016 Artem Markelov HWA AG 59.700
2117 Theo Pourchaire HWA AG 1 lap
 9 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 25 laps
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