World news – F2 report and highlights: Red Bull Junior Lawson wins on debut in Bahrain Sprint Race 1

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The Red Bull Junior Team dominated the inaugural race of the Formula 2 season with Liam Lawson at won his debut at the Hitech Grand Prix and fought off Jehan Daruvala’s challenge in Sprint Race 1 in Sakhir.

Lawson hurried ahead of Theo Pourchaire at the beginning and spent most of the morning with his former Formula 3 rival on the back and forth Before the Sauber Junior driver retired.

This gave Daruvala – from fifth place – the opportunity to battle his Red Bull rival for the lead, but the Carlin driver had no answer on Lawson’s defensive masterclass and had to be content with the second.

Title favorite Robert Shwartzman had to accept a difficult return to the track on Friday because he had mechanical problems in the second qualifier ion run could not set a lap time and started in eleventh place. Determined to remedy the situation, the Ferrari junior threw his PREMA into fifth place on the first lap and then had a podium in his sights when Pourchaire retired.

Shwartzman’s attack on Charouz newcomer David Beckmann became however, stopped by his teammate Oscar Piastri. The reigning F3 champion jumped ahead of Christian Lundgaard and kept Shwartzman busy in the final laps. The duo finally decided on fourth and fifth place, while Beckmann took third.

Lawson’s Hitech teammate Juri Vips will start from the reverse grid in Sprint Race 2 around 1940 local time in tenth place.

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