Antonelli Rues Error Despite Top Six Qualifying

Antonelli Rues Error Despite Top Six Qualifying

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FIA Formula 2 rookie Andrea Kimi Antonelli has blamed a mistake on his final Qualifying lap in Saudi Arabia for not securing a better grid spot for Saturday’s Feature Race.

The teenage Italian scored a career-best sixth on the streets of Jeddah, albeit in just his second weekend in F2.

“Overall I’m quite happy with the performance, although I made a mistake in lap 2 with the last set, which prevented us from being higher in the rankings,” the 19-year-old said.

Antonelli’s team mate Oliver Bearman took pole position on Thursday, ahead of the two races for Round 2 of the season.

 

It’s a welcome return to form for PREMA, after the team that finished second in 2023’s Teams’ Championship endured a disastrous weekend in Bahrain, failing to qualify in the top 10 and only Antonelli scraping a debut point with P10 in the Feature Race. 

“The car feels better,” said Antonelli, adding: “We’ll see what we can do [in the Sprint Race], but the pace looks much stronger.”

Antonelli will start Friday’s Sprint Race from fifth, while Hitech Pulse-Eight’s Paul Aron will start on pole position, thanks to the reverse-grid rule in F2.

Bearman will go for victory in Saturday’s Feature Race at 16:25 local time (13:25 UK).

Image: Prema Racing

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