CEO Bruno Michel looks back at an eventful tenth round of the 2020 season and picks out his key topics from Sochi.
Michel discusses the title fight, talks up Guanyu Zhou’s victory in the Sprint Race and reflects on the season ahead of a two-month break between rounds
ON THE DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
Once again, Mick Schumacher has enjoyed another impressive weekend, adding a second Feature Race win to his tally and another third-place finish on Sunday. He has increased his lead in the Standings over Callum Ilott and he is now 22 points ahead of the Briton. The pressure is definitely on Ilott and it will be interesting to see how they will both manage the final two rounds of the season. In third, Yuki Tsunoda was once again the quickest of all in qualifying and showed so much determination in the Feature Race, whereas fellow rookie Christian Lundgaard was a bit unlucky which meant he could not score points in Russia. With 96 points still to grab in 2020, the top nine drivers can still mathematically fight for the crown.
FIRST CHINESE VICTORY
Guanyu Zhou was our 2019 top rookie and was regarded as one of the main 2020 title contenders before the season started. Things have not gone as smoothly as he had hoped, but one thing he was really determined to achieve this year was to claim a maiden F2 win. He came very close to doing so on several occasions, but on Sunday, at Sochi, he did it. I was very pleased to see him become the first Chinese driver to win in our Championship. It is well-deserved and I hope it is the first of many.
SAFE AND SOUND
I was very relieved to see both Luca Ghiotto and Jack Aitken come out safely from the wreckage of their cars on Sunday morning. They came together in the early stages of the Sprint Race and the impact looked very heavy on TV. The combination of the Tecpro barriers and the Dallara chassis have thankfully done the job to protect the drivers.
Our 2020 season has been very condensed to say the least! We have done ten rounds over the past thirteen weeks. It’s a tremendous achievement from everyone involved in our Championship. The level of professionalism has been stellar and the show on track has never lessened. We now have a two months break which may seem long for the fans, but I am sure that it is welcomed by all in our paddock.