The Baku Street Circuit provided teams, drivers and fans of the FIA Formula 2 Championship with an unpredictable race 1 today in Azerbaijan. At the Caspian shoreside venue, PREMA Racing survived a hectic run with Sean Gelael, who fought back from the back of the grid to the 7th position.
As several frontrunners had troubled getaways, Mick Schumacher went for a late braking point at the first corner and ended up wide. Having escaped contact, he quickly made it back to his starting position and climbed up to the top-5 setting an impressive pace. Schumacher stayed in contact with the leading pack but a spin over the turn 15 kerb eventually put him out of contention.
On the other hand, his 23-year-old Indonesian teammate did a great job in avoiding a backup at the start and remained in top-10 contention. Then, when more carnage ensued on a late restart, he reacted to perfection, sealing P7 and eventually scoring his first points finish of the season.
# 9 - Mick Schumacher
"The start was quite good and it was close in turn 1. In the beginning, the pace was great. We pitted a little earlier than some others and I gained quite a bit of time. Unfortunately, after the stop, the car suddenly didn't feel as good anymore with a lot of understeer, and I eventually made a driving mistake which proved really costly. I think there is still the potential to save the weekend tomorrow, with the racing here being usually exciting, so I will try my best.”
# 10 - Sean Gelael
"I finally finished in the points. We showed the pace since free practice. Luck wasn't on our side yesterday, but it was a bit today, I'm not going to lie. We had a good start and we were always in the top-10 area for the whole race. I was striking for the points and the game plan was always to stay safe and out of trouble because the pace was there. So I tried to use the experience I have in Baku to stay out of trouble. I tried to pick the spots where we could try to overtake and the ones where not to try to overtake. Now we'll see. Hopefully, we can get a good result tomorrow too."