R01 Bahrain – FIA Formula 2 Qualifying Report

PREMA Racing experienced a tough qualifying session at Bahrain International Circuit as the FIA Formula 2 Championship kicked off its 2024 season featuring a brand-new racecar.

The team achieved P18 and P19 with Kimi Antonelli and Ollie Bearman respectively, as they could not find the right confidence with the car in the runs on new tyres.

Despite the issues that hampered today’s run, the team remains fully committed to making steps and improving throughout the rest of the weekend.


“Difficult first qualifying of the year here in Bahrain. It’s tough because it didn’t feel that bad, we have some work to do for the rest of the weekend. We lacked a bit of confidence to lean on the car and it really shows in these qualifying sessions where you have to be right on the limit consistently. That explains the gap and it’s where we need to focus to improve our performance.”

Qualifying: P19
Fastest lap: 1:42.710


“First qualifying session for the year and obviously not what we expected, we didn’t perform really well especially with the second set of tyres as we didn’t expect such a change in grip. Not where we want to be but we are working hard to get there and we’ll continue pushing for the races.”

Qualifying: P18
Fastest lap: 1:42.693

Source | Photo: PREMA Racing

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