Verschoor to fill vacant MP Motorsport seat in Bahrain F2 test

Richard Verschoor will fill MP Motorsport's yet to be confirmed second FIA Formula 2 Championship seat for pre-season testing in Bahrain this week.


The 2019 Macau Grand Prix winner has appeared on F2's official entry list for the three-day test, which will be held from 8-10 March at the Sakhir Circuit.

MP Motorsport is the only team yet to reveal its full-line up for the F2 season, having only confirmed FIA Formula 3 graduate Lirim Zendeli so far.

Verschoor has been linked to a full-time drive with the Dutch squad, with the 20-year-old's appearance at the test heightening expectations that he will again link up with the team he first raced with in 2016 when he won the Spanish and SMP F4 championships.

His Macau victory also came with the team, for which he finished ninth in his second full F3 season last season.

At the test, teams will have the choice of both hard and soft compounds. Each car will be assigned six sets of prime and two sets of option tyres, the same allocation the drivers will receive for the opening round of the season at the same venue on 27-28 March.

Podium: Race winner Richard Verschoor, MP Motorsport

Podium: Race winner Richard Verschoor, MP Motorsport

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

A crop of ten rookie F2 drivers make up the test day line-up, headlined by reigning FIA Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri at champion squad Prema Racing.

Hitech Grand Prix features an all rookie line-up of New Zealander Liam Lawson and Juri Vips, who is gearing up for a first full season of F2 after subbing for an injured Sean Gelael at DAMS for four rounds last season.

Last year’s F3 runner-up Theo Pourchaire has graduated to ART Grand Prix’s roster, while other F3 drivers making the step up include David Beckmann steps (Charouz Racing), Matteo Nannini (HWA Racelab), Alessio Deledda (HWA Racelab) and Bent Viscaal.

Last year’s Formula Regional European champion Gianluca Petecof joins Campos Racing, the team running a special tribute livery to its late founder Adrian Campos.

FIA Formula 2 Championship Pre-season Test line up

Prema Racing: Robert Shwartzman, Oscar Piastri
UNI-Virtuosi: Felipe Drugovich, Guanyu Zhou
Carlin: Jehan Daruvala, Dan Ticktum
Hitech Grand Prix: Juri Vips, Liam Lawson
ART Grand Prix: Theo Pourchaire, Christian Lundgaard
MP Motorsport: Lirim Zendeli, Richard Verschoor
Charouz Racing System: David Beckmann, Guilherme Samaia
DAMS: Marcus Armstrong, Roy Nissany
Campos Racing: Ralph Boschung, Gianluca Petecof
HWA Racelab: Matteo Nannini, Alessio Deledda
Trident: Bent Viscaal, Marino Sato

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