Prema Racing secured the team's first points of the season in the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship opener at Bahrain International Circuit.
At his first race in Formula 2, Mick Schumacher delivered a great start and went for a late pit-stop to reduce the length of his stint on option tires. As always in Bahrain, the feature race was decided late and Schumacher played his game well. After staying in the top-10 for most of the race, he cruised to take 8th place in the final lap, securing the reverse grid pole for tomorrow's sprint race.
On the other hand, Sean Gelael didn't have an easy start but quickly started to make amends. Unfortunately, his DRS stuck open not too much later and made the car suddenly snap away from him under braking. The 22-year-old Indonesian ended up spinning and was forced to retire while running in ninth position.
# 9 - Mick Schumacher:
"It has definitely been a good beginning even though I'm still learning every time I get in the car. It’s really been a very interesting and exciting race. I had a good start and I felt comfortable with the procedure, gaining some positions. Then I stayed on the conservative side in terms of tire management as I didn't know what to expect with the degradation. I'm very happy with the car balance on both option and prime tires.”
# 10 - Sean Gelael:
"We were in a good position to fight because we had saved that extra set of new option tires. We were P9, but considering the pace, we could have been behind Ghiotto who eventually finished second. I think we were in a good position to fight for the podium. Unfortunately, issues happen, but we have to understand the reason because, in the end, it could have been a worse incident. So we have something to see and analyze, but I think we can still get a positive result tomorrow."