A challenging race 2 rounded out a tough 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship season for PREMA Racing at Yas Marina. The final race of the Abu Dhabi weekend was once again conditioned by tire degradation which forced the drivers to sensible management.
Mick Schumacher started from ninth place and fought to improve his position from the opening lap. Battling within the mid-pack, the Ferrari Driver Academy supported racer put up a solid pace, but the early running in dirty air led to tire degradation. In the closing stages, Schumacher fought as hard as he could but eventually had to settle for ninth place, later dropping back to P11 due to a Virtual Safety Car infringement.
Coming from a difficult race yesterday, Indonesian Sean Gelael had an impressive start and quickly gained positions, chasing a positive result for his final race of the year. Unfortunately, a mechanical issue forced him to park his car on track on lap 17.
Having completed the 2019 season, the team will remain at Abu Dhabi for the next week, starting preparations for 2020 with a collective round of postseason testing.
# 9 - Mick Schumacher
"Tyre management again was the main issue of the race. I had a good start gaining two positions. From there on it was all about saving the tyres and I actually had the feeling I kept them alive pretty well. But since I was too close to the cars in front, I didn’t have too much tyre left and couldn’t attack towards the end of the race. I’ve learnt a lot in my first F2 season and I’m sure the experiences I made will prove beneficial in 2020."
# 10 - Sean Gelael
"We had a good start again, starts have been a strong point this year. The first lap was good too as we were P13 fighting for the P12. The pace was still there and there were guys in front struggling with the tires so maybe a P10 was possible. In the end, with just a few laps to go, a driveshaft broke under braking in turn 8. I thought it was just some locking, but then we lost drive and had to stop. It's just a shame because I was really hoping to end on a good note for the team, or at least finish. Anyway, it is what it is. I want to thank everybody in the team for the past few years."