Luca Ghiotto claimed Bahrain sprint race victory in the first weekend of the 2019 Formula 2 season.
The Italian, racing for the new UNI Virtuosi team, capitalised on new tyres after pitting halfway through the race and was able to charge back through the field on the way to first.
Ghiotto managed to pass the two DAMS cars of Sergio Sette Camara and Nicholas Latifi in the last couple of laps on his way to his first victory of the season. Sette Camara and Latifi followed in second and third place respectively.
Polesitter Mick Schumacher managed to hold onto first at the start, despite a few collisions behind between the drivers that started around him. Jack Aitken and Nyck De Vries made contact going into Turn 6 which meant Aitken dropped down to eighth.
The two DAMS cars battled past Schumacher shortly after the start and the German was able to hold onto fourth until the last couple of laps where Louis Deletraz and Guanyou Zhou, who capitalised on other drivers pitting, both got past Schumacher.
Zhou finished in an impressive fourth place in only his second F2 race while Deletraz followed behind in fifth.
De Vries came home in seventh after his pit-stop midway through the race didn’t quite work out while Jordan King did manage to capitalise from the alternative strategy to claim the final point in eighth. Anthoine Hubert and Sean Gelael rounded out the top 10.