Lets Talk About The Formula 2 Austrian Grand Prix 2020

Post race, Jess and I sat down to look back on the key features of the first Formula 2 Feature and Sprint of 2020. Together; we discussed the downfall of our predictions, our race highlights and summarised the race as a whole. We truly enjoyed being able to just sit and talk about how we viewed the weekend and summarised our conversations for you in this post.

Race Weekend Predictions

“My Formula 2 Predictions were Back to Front.”

Alice

When I looked back at my own Formula 2 Predictions, everything looked spot on but in the wrong order. For the Feature Race, I stated that I could see one of the UNI-Virtuosi drivers or Louis Deletraz pushing for the top three which, although technically happened with Ilott taking the Feature race win, Deletraz took his podium in the Sprint race. Furthermore, I went on to state that for the Sprint Race I could see a Ferrari Driver Academy Lock Out with Mick Schumacher, Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman. We did see a FDA lock out this weekend which I was correct on, however, instead of Schumacher we saw Ilott and it occurred during the Feature Race as opposed to the Sprint Race. I even proceeded to go ahead and state that I believe Daniel Ticktum has a strong chance at taking his first Formula 2 podium which he did.

Looking back at my predictions, I still believe that Samaia will be a force to be reckoned with. Although he was on the lower end of the grid, he still put in a great work ethic and proved himself, managing to keep up with his team mate in the Feature Race, especially being a rookie who is used to competing in Brazil.

“My teams prediction was actually spot on”

Jess

For my podium predictions, I put Armstrong, Shwartzman and Ticktum which all happened. Marcus went on to take second while Rob and Dan took third. I put a lot of faith in Ghiotto yet his car let him down. Looking back, I also said I wouldn’t be surprised if Zhou or Ilott came out on top which, both drivers would have been on the podium if Zhou didn’t have a failure. Aside from the drivers, my team predictions were spot on. I believed in ART and UNI-Virtuosi which both came out on top.

Remaining unbiased, Armstrong and Shwartzman became our most surprising drivers alongside Drugovich. Three rookies taking podiums in their debut is a talent and this weekend should never be overlooked as ‘just another Formula 2 Weekend”.

Audience

Looking back at the audiences predictions, the majority felt that Deletraz would take pole with only 8.3% predicting correctly with Guanyu Zhou. 25% went on to correctly place Ilott as the winner of the feature race, followed by 16.7% correctly placing Armstrong as the runner up. Although, 33.3% did believe that the race winner would place second. Aside from that, nobody place Shwartzman as the man in third. Similar to Robert, nobody placed Drugovich as their Formula 2 Sprint Race winner. It was thoroughly deserved and truly came out of no where. He surprised a lot of people; Jess and I couldn’t be happier for such a deserving driver.

“Drugovich channelled his inner Dua Lipa and pulled a full 180.”

16.7% voted that they could see Deletraz finishing runner up while one person voted that Dan Ticktum would place third. The other DAMS driver received 16.7% of the votes for third although, due to car related issues, he retired from the race.

This weekend, both Zhou and Drugovich took fastest laps yet, only 16.7% voted for Zhou with 0% for Drugovich. After this weekend, Drugovich will definitely have a few more votes behind his name.

“FDA TOP THREE”

Jess and I sat down to summarise each race in three words, highlighting the key moment of the race. For the Feature Race, we both put FDA On Top / FDA Top Three. The most memorable moment of that race was how dominating the Ferrari Driver Academy were, taking up a majority of the top spots and the points. As a whole, Driver Academies in general dominated the Feature Race with Renault Academy Drivers Zhou and Lundgaard putting in a lot of hard work to take pole position and fourth. This truly does prove that being apart of something like this really does help a person become the driver they are.

We also asked the audience for their three word race reviews. One of the most popular statements, which didn’t come as a surprise, was Callum Wins Yay. After not being able to achieve a win last year but proving time and time again that he is an incredible driver, it was good to see him take the win. On top of that, Ilott has proven himself to be an all round genuine person so to see somebody with that amount of passion take the podium; I’m not surprised he was the summary of people’s weekends.

“Safety Car Heaven”

The Sprint Race saw an indifference between Jess and I’s summary. I felt one of the most memorable moments were the safety cars and potential safety cars. With the engine failures, the most talked about being Marcus Armstrong parking on the grid, it wasn’t a surprise that we were overloaded with yellow flags. Armstrong’s car failure definitely produced an uproar, especially with it rolling backwards, however both Jess and I believe there was nothing he could do in the situation. He had no power to pull off of the track, no brakes to fully stop the car and was left with very little to work with.

Jess’ standout moment here was the underdog rookie that was Drugovich taking a race win. After not receiving a podium in Formula 3 then proceeding to dominate the race, remaining one second ahead at all times and pulling out brilliant starts time and time again; Drugovich proved how much he’d improved and how brilliant of a driver he is.

“Surprise Rookie Win”

We also looked at peoples highlights, separate to their stand out moment. The battles at the front and a full Ferrari Driver Academy lock out were the most common responses. Normally, we have a small battle at the front and a lot of midfield battles however, the feature race brought us some intense front line battles, giving the race the edge. With that being said, Callum pushing himself from third to first before the first corner was not only my highlight but a few of the audiences. He controlled his start and managed to take the lead.

Looking in to the Sprint Race highlights, one of the most popular opinions revolved around the pace of Drugovich. Most people felt surprised that he was up there, especially as he wasn’t a typically spoken about about driver. Another race highlight we saw was Ticktum with a podium finish. Dan proved himself this weekend; he was constantly on the pace, keeping up and battling with the front of the grid.

He held his own, all chances of points resting on him due to his team mates car failures, and he carried that car to the end in both races. Ticktum proved this weekend that he’s truly worked on himself in a racing position. After a few unlucky years and heading into Formula 2 with a bad name in the racing world, people expected the worst and he really pulled through to prove that he is a good driver and that he is trying his best to be the best he can be.

A few of the highlights also mentioned the overtaking and in particular, Armstrong’s overtake against Alesi and Ticktum in one corner.

“This weekend, in a whole, was chaos. But, it’s a good first race of the season.”

Overall, this weekend has been one to remember. We witnessed some hard racing, beautiful overtakes and two podiums that will go down in Formula 2 History. Before our eyes are the stars of tomorrow and they’re only going to keep getting better from here.

If you want to be apart of Friday’s post then click here to let us know how you think the second round of the Austrian Grand Prix will play out.

I am your host, Alice, and this is Jess, and we are Chasing the Stars. Thank you for tuning in. *Queue Jess’ laughter.

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