Unfortunate weekend for the Racing Engineering team at the Sakhir International Circuit. The driver Jordan King was the only one who scored, and Alexander Rossi ended with no points. However, he still maintaining his second place in the drivers standings.
The bad results came from the qualifying session, in which Jordan finished fifth and Alexander ninth because the American had quite a big flat on his first set of tyres, forcing him to fit a new set and make some set up changes.
Luck was not on the side of the Spanish team the next day. Rossi reached the seventh position after lap 5, until his tyres started to degrade again, so he did a pit stop on lap 17. On the track again, the pilot rolled faster, improving his best time. He took fourth place on lap 22. Unfortunately a little contact with Mitch Evans (Russian Time) returned him to boxes to repair his front wing, and finally he finished the race in the 18th position. Meanwhile, King was relegated to the 16th place after his first pit stop, but gradually he gained positions until crossing the chequered flag the 9th.
Finally, the third day in Bahrain would be crucial to improve the outcome of the weekend. However, a contact in the first curve and the Safety Car on track caused both drivers to be left behind from the start. Alexander rolled again with his broken front wing and his worn tyres. After being passed by Jordan, Rossi still lost a few positions and he finished the race the ninth, just outside the points. Fortunately, Jordan advanced some positions in the last five laps, crossing the finish line in a hard-fought sixth place.
Alan Queille, Team Engineer of Racing Engineering, said: “It’s positive we are still second in both championships even though the weekend didn’t go as expected. Now we concentrate on the closing round in Abu Dhabi and on securing the positions in the championship.”