Interviews by Sergio Álvarez
No pink this time. And yeah, what a performance from Guanyu Zhou, a magnificent lesson in tyre management and aggressive driving when required. You can see GZ really wants that title and even maybe that F1 seat with Alpine’s B-team for 2022 that either comes or goes with F2 drivers’ championship. He’ll settle in nicely at Williams. Pure speculation on my part, won’t lie. I like to speculate. A quick shout-out to Richard Verschoor for his opportunistic heroics as MP are not in ART’s or PREMA’s league yet.
Arguably, PREMA should’ve calmed down Piastri over team radio, he’s gonna miss those crucial points come Formula 2’s Abu Dhabi epilogue in December. No doubt OP will learn from his Bahrain fortune/misfortune and move forward, on to better things. As they say, es una sinfonía agridulce que es la Fórmula 2. Wise old speedy elephants of F2, Zhou and Daruvala were the only ones to consistently score points across all three races at Sakhir. Truth be told, a lot of fast guys got extremely unlucky in the desert, be it with technical gremlins or on-track goings-on.
Strategy did play a major role in the Feature Race, along with a few SC or VSC periods, we’ll put that down to drivers’ rustiness after a winter of sponsorship discontent for many of them or below par preparation. At this stage of the season they’re kind of like a Victorian steam train with no brakes or an angry bull on steroids who’s suddenly presented with a life-size cut-out of Carlos Sainz Jr in red Ferrari overalls. They see red and they wanna send one. As you’d expect. Without question.
Which brings us to our today’s presser with Sergio and them podium finishers, GZ, DT, and LL. Scroll up for the final finishing order.
FEATURE RACE PRESSER: TAKEAWAYS & POINTERS
No matter from which angle you look at it or how much spin you put on it, Alpine F1 juniors had a much better weekend than the mother ship operation. Luca de Meo has got to sprinkle Renaulution water from his magic wand on peeps responsible for reinforcing Alonso’s rear brakes against sandwich paper strikes and on Vettel’s spatial awareness coach as well.
We asked Guanyu to stamp his authority on Alpine Academy’s members and evaluate their respective performances in Bahrain and in Formula 2 so far. Thank you.
Replied GZ: “Um, I think we all had a decent weekend in terms of having the performance, whether it’s qualifying pace or race-distance wise.
“I think Oscar and Christian made a few mistakes that cost them a little bit of points (that’s a massive understatement because we notice Piastri sits on 21 pts in P4, Lundgaard on 16 pts in P7 in the title race, while GZ is the runaway championship leader on 41 pts, not bad at all, Guanyu is overseeing quite an efficient operation there!), I had a cleaner weekend but we’re all fast.
“I think every driver in the Alpine Academy is quick and is good enough, it can be a tough fight all the way to the finish. For me we’ve done a good job all weekend, and I’m not going to be rating anyone else’s performance, to be honest.”
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