Trident’s Richard Verschoor has won the opening race of the 2022 Formula 2 season in Bahrain.

The racing action on Saturday concluded with the Formula 2 Sprint Race.

Richard Verschoor had a great getaway that allowed him to take over the race lead. Ralph Boschung and Jehan Daruvala followed him. On the contrary, the polesitter Felipe Drugovich dropped down to P6.

Drugovich tried to overtake Theo Pourchaire for P5, but the ART GP defended his position in a spectacular battle.

The Safety Car was deployed on lap 3 after Marcus Armstrong was spun by Jake Hughes and stopped in the middle of the track. Hughes was given a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision.

The race was restarted on lap 6. It all went wrong for Pourchaire as he suddenly slowed down and was down in the 21st place. Eventually, he retired from the race.

Halfway through the race, Verschoor was ahead of Boschung and Daruvala.

Drugovich got up to speed and was close to Liam Lawson. Ahead of them, Daruvala started putting pressure on Boschung.

Jake Hughes’ race was ended prematurely as he stopped outside the track in sector 2 after a collision with Clement Novalak. At the same time, Daruvala overtook Boschung just before the Virtual Safety Car was deployed. Novalak was given a 10-second time penalty.

Boschung came back to P2 at the restart. However, Daruvala made an overtake once again a bit later. The Campos Racing driver got outside of the podium after Lawson passed him.

Verschoor was unreachable for his opponents and he went on to win the race. Daruvala was second and Lawson finished third.

The results of the Formula 2 Sprint Race in Bahrain:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Richard VerschoorTrident43:34.983
2Jehan DaruvalaPREMA Racing+1.853
3Liam LawsonCarlin+4.975
4Ralph BoschungCampos Racing+6.981
5Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport+8.801
6Logan SargeantCarlin+9.263
7Juri VipsHitech GP+13.350
8Ayumu IwasaDAMS+15.749
9Dennis HaugerPREMA Racing+17.665
10Jack DoohanVirtuosi Racing+21.472

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