With the first rounds of the Formula 2 season finishing, the drivers and teams move onto the iconic track of Silverstone for a second time. This race is the second of another triple header, with one round in Silverstone complete and another in Barcelona de Catalunya. The weekend starts with qualifying on the 7th August, the Feature Race on the 8th August and the Sprint Race on the 9th August. If you’re looking to keep up to date with all of the racing this weekend, your schedule is as followed: Friday will see Practice at 12:55 pm until 1:40 pm and Qualifying at 5:00 pm until 5:30 pm, Saturday will see the Feature Race at 3:45 pm until 4:45 pm and Sunday will see the Sprint Race at 10:10 am until 10:55 am. All times are local track times.
Like every weekend, we sat down and discussed our predictions of the weekend ahead, whilst also discussing what you thought as well.
I would love to see the pair on the podium together.
As per the norm, my pole position predictions fall in the hands of the UNI-Virtuosi boys. After a disastrous ending to what could have been an incredible weekend for Ilott, I would love to see him finish off the British GP on the podium. Zhou stepped up last weekend and really proved how incredible he is. A stick in the dark with this but, I would love to see the pair on the podium together for UNI’s home race. Ticktum and Deletraz had incredible races last weekend along with Lundgaard and I can see them replicating that once more. Tsunoda also had a strong weekend and will definitely fight for some points and a podium finish. Schumacher, Shwartzman and Armstrong have had a couple of rough races but I can see them fighting their way back up the standings.
I can see Mazepin pulling out fastest lap and placing himself back on the podium along with Drugovich. As for teams, I can see UNI taking the most points along with ART to fight each other for the team standings title.
I’m putting full faith into the Virtuosi boys to take pole position after already taking 2 this year and being very close last weekend. I think they’re more than capable of making it work. I’m also going to mention ART again because I felt like that was an off weekend, where they just had a minor slip, since, after all, both their drivers are rookies, so obviously they’re going to have their off days.
For winners or podium finishers, I’m obviously going to mention Zhou and Ilott, but this time with Lundgaard, Armstrong, Drugovich and Deletraz. I’d mention more because I could genuinely name at least half this grid as they’re all very talented, but to keep it close, those are the drivers I’m taking a plunge with.
I’m taking a bit of a conservative route for those to look out for: Ticktum and Shwartzman. Ticktum is an amazingly talented and determined driver who doesn’t back down from a fight and doesn’t go down easily. These traits help him achieve the spectacular results he’s currently got to his name and I wouldn’t be shocked if he did something similar this weekend. Shwartzman had a bit of an off day last week so I’m hoping he can turn around and bring a fight to the title with Ilott, Lundgaard and many more.
With all of my support for Virtuosi, it shouldn’t be a shock to put them to take the lead coming out this weekend. They’ve already taken it last weekend from Prema so hopefully, they can keep it up. I’m taking a stab in the dark to say ART will overtake Prema in the standings. They’ve got 19 points to equal with them, so they need to have a good weekend to overtake them, but I have faith in the drivers to pull it. That being said, I’m putting Prema into third.
I’m hoping he can turn around and bring a fight to the title.
THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
As per the usual, Jess and I really have a minor amount of differences. The drivers we can see on top and battling for points are the same however, I hold out belief that Tsunoda and Mazepin will be fighting once again for the podium.
When looking at the audiences predictions, we found a split decision between Lundgaard and Ilott for pole position with both receiving 40% each. The remaining 20% went to Shwartzman. Out of the three names, not a single one was mentioned in regards of who would win the feature race. Instead, we saw Guanyu Zhou take 40% of the votes while Deletraz, Armstrong and Tsunoda took 20% each. Lundgaard’s name returned for runner up with 40% while Ilott took 20%. Zhou and Deletraz each took 20% once again. For third place, Ilott took 40% of the votes while Zhou, Shwartzman and Schumacher each took 20%. Fastest lap was a split decision between Ilott, Armstrong, Shwartzman, Zhou and Ticktum.
Looking at the sprint race, we held another split decision with Ilott, Deletraz, Schumacher, Shwartzman and Matsushita each taking 20%. Runner up held another split decision between Lundgaard, Shwartzman, Mazepin, Ticktum and Zhou with 20% each. For third place, Ticktum took 40% of the votes while Lundgaard, Drugovich and Deletraz took 20% each. For the fastest lap, we saw another split decision with Ilott, Drugovich, Armstrong, Matsushita and Aitken each taking votes.
With regards to most surprising driver, Drugovich took 40% of the votes. Tsunoda, Zhou and Armstrong finished the votes off with 20% each. Drugovich’s weekends are either the best of his season or the worst of his season so it will be interesting to see how this weekend goes after coming off of a win. Tsunoda is in a similar situation regarding his weekends falling on either one spectrum or the other. Zhou has had a couple of poor races yet, last weekend he managed to secure a podium so it will be interesting to see if he holds on to the momentum. In regards to Armstrong, he went from being one of the strongest drivers on the grid but has fallen back over the weeks so it’ll be interesting to see if he’ll be back at the top with his teammate. For teams, UNI and ART each took 40% of the votes while Charouz finished off with 20%.
With the same names in the mix, it’ll be interesting to see if one of the unpredictables battle their way to the top to surprise us all. Will Ilott reclaim the number one spot? Will ART manage to push ahead of Prema? Will Hitech find themselves fighting for the title? This weekend will definitely point us into the right direction of where this season could be ending.
Due to Formula E’s six race plan across ten days, our August schedule is currently very busy. Check back tomorrow at 5pm BST for your Formula E Race Rundowns for Rounds 6 and 7 and Monday at 5pm BST for your Formula 2 and 3 Race Rundowns for the second instalment of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for the 70th Anniversary.