As we are now half way through the Formula 2 season, the drivers and teams move onto Barcelona de Catalunya 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 14th August, the Feature Race on the 15th August and the Sprint Race on the 16th 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.
weekend of redemption for Armstrong
A name I normally mention in regards to podiums is Christian Lundgaard but after the drives these past few weekends, I’m going to place my bets with him higher. To shake things up, I’m placing him as my pole sitter and I could see him going on to win the race. He will definitely take home one podium this weekend and I can see him taking another. Ilott is another name I can see taking a podium this weekend. He’s now at the top of the standings and will do anything to push himself as far ahead as possible. I would like to try to predict Armstrong’s comeback this weekend but it’s very hit or miss.
Deletraz and Ticktum are two very strong contenders along with Aitken for some strong points and maybe a podium. With the Prema duo, they proved that their problems are fixed and they’re ready to fight back so the return of Shwartzman is looming and he’ll be heading for that podium. Tsunoda will be on the bite to keep his momentum going.
With teams and fastest laps, Virtuosi will be back on top with points however, Prema are out for blood so they’ll definitely apply the pressure. If this is the weekend of redemption for Armstrong then ART points are about to shoot through the roof. Fastest lap, I can see Daruvala and Zhou taking the points there. Both have incredible race pace and know the tricks to their cars.
Formula 2 are now heading to Barcelona, in which, most drivers have been to the circuit in 2019. Like always, I’m expecting Virtuosi to be up there at the front fighting for wins and podiums, like they have done all year. Plus, both of them did quite well last year, taking third place each in the two races. I’m hoping Prema can come back from the incident during the Sprint Race, as both are very talented and it didn’t seem right of them to crash and lose a load of points. I also want to put my full backing into Dan Ticktum, who is driving with excellence despite being a rookie. On top of this, I want Deletraz to do well.
In terms of who to keep an eye out, I’d say Aitken and Lundgaard who had a very good weekend in Silverstone, even if Lundgaard dropped to the back due to his tyres. It’ll be interesting to see if they can keep it going into Barcelona.
Because of my winner predictions, to no surprise, I’m putting British team UNI-Virtuosi into first. This is followed by Prema and then ART. I’m also potentially expecting Carlin to take 4th from Hitech, though the British team has two strong and experiened drivers, so it would be difficult.
Dan Ticktum… driving with excellence despite being a rookie
THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
As per the usual, between Jess and I, our predictions are practically the same. Our only differences is that I hold out hope for Tsunoda and that Jess believes Carlin will move up to fourth.
When looking at the audiences predictions, it wasn’t a surprise that Ilott held 60% of the votes for pole position. Occupying the last 40% were Zhou and Lundgaard. This reflected into the winner as Ilott took the most votes once more with 40%. Lundgaard, Zhou and Shwartzman took the remainder of the votes for first place. Zhou moved on to become the most popular choice for runner up with 40% while Ilott, Ticktum and Schumacher took 20% each. For the final podium spot, third place, Ilott and Shwartzman shared the top sport with 40% each. The remainder went to Lundgaard. To finish off the feature race, Deletraz took 40% of the votes for the fastest lap with Aitken, Ilott and Schumacher taking the final 60% between them.
Looking at the sprint race, first place was a split decision between five drivers: Drugovich, Schumacher, Ticktum, Lundgaard and Aitken. It will be very interesting to see if it is any of these drivers as they’re all incredibly strong talents. For runner up, Tsunoda took the majority vote with 40% while Ghiotto, Ticktum and Armstrong filled the remainder. To finalise the podium, we saw another split decision. Deletraz, Mazepin, Zhou, Ilott and Aitken each took 20% of the votes. With the fastest lap, Tsunoda took the majority once again with a further 40%. Daruvala, Aitken and Armstrong each filled up the remainder of the votes for the lap.
With regards to most surprising driver, Lundgaard took 40% of the votes. Schumacher, Piquet and Aitken filled the remainder. It will be interesting to see what the drivers put out this week and how much the standings move about as we head into the second half of the season. For teams, 100% of the votes were for UNI-Virtuosi to end the weekend with the most points.
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 go for a back to back win? Will Lundgaard finally find his way to the top of the podium? Is this really the weekend of Armstrong’s redemption? This weekend will definitely point us into the right direction of where this season could be ending.
And that’s it for this weeks posts. We will be back again on Monday after this race weekend at 5pm BST with the Formula E Finale Race Summaries and we will be back with more Formula 2 Race Summaries on Tuesday at 5pm BST.