With the end of the Formula 2 season soon to be in sight, we head to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. The weekend starts with qualifying on the 4th September, the Feature Race on the 5th September and the Sprint Race on the 6th September. 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’m about to remake a major mistake
I know last week I said there would be a DAMS 1-2 and I was wrong but this week, this week I’m feeling it. Juri had car issues and if all is fixed, we could honestly see DAMS taking home some top points. Alongside these, I can see Ilott doing well. He’s in a situation right now where he went from being on top to second and he’s going to want to pull that back. Hopefully the car is in a much better position to be pulling out all of the stops.
The Prema boys are undeniably going to be the fastest on track. They’re both in a position to fight for the top two positions in the championship and neither will back down until they get it. Mick’s going to be pushing for a win this weekend after his multiple podium finishes. Mazepin and Tsunoda have done incredibly these past few weeks so I can see them still doing great.
With teams and fastest laps, Prema will be taking the most points but if DAMS keep it together, I can see them taking home a fair amount. Virtuosi are going to be wanting the points back after a few uneventful rounds so it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.
I’m backing the Virtuosi team to the end of the season like usual. Both drivers were here last year, with Ilott taking a pole in a wet qualifying session. I’m sure he has the pace to repeat this once more and hopefully, convert it into a win to reclaim the championship lead after losing it to Shwartzman last week. On that note, I’m expecting both him and Schumacher somewhere near the front to provide a fight to the British team. I’m probably making a bold claim but I’d like to see Vips at the front. Climbing around 20 positions last weekend shows his incredible talent, so it wouldn’t amaze me if he sticks it out front and stays there to provide a challenge to the fan favourites to win the championship.
I’m sticking with my usual in terms of other drivers: Ticktum and Drugovich. These two have amazed me this year, both being rookies to the championship so they have my full backing into producing good results in Monza. Delétraz is also another driver that has always been consistent and bringing home points. Maybe that Charouz car isn’t as amazing as I hoped, but I’m sure the Swiss driver can pull everything he can out of it to bring home a good set of points.
Like always, I’m putting Virtuosi into first, taking the most points this weekend. I’d like them to retake the lead from Prema, though this could be a push since the Italian team are doing considerably well than last year. I’d also like to see ART take 4th after having many bad weekends in a row.
It wouldn’t amaze me if he sticks it out front
THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
Jess and I share more similarities with differences with us agreeing on the drivers but disagreeing with teams. I can see Prema with the most points while Jess see’s UNI-Virtuosi.
We held a split decision for pole with Drugovich, Tsunoda and Ilott each taking 33.3%. Ilott remained true into first position with Schumacher and Shwartzman. From there, second place saw Shwartzman again with Zhou and Drugovich. To finalise the podium, for third place we saw Shwartzman and Ilott again with Tsunoda also taking the votes. Finishing off the feature race, we saw Tsunoda, Ilott and Shwartzman each taking votes for the fastest lap.
As we move into the sprint race, Schumacher returns for first place with Deletraz and Matsushita. With second place, Piquet, Lundgaard and Drugovich were the names in question with 33.3% each. For the final podium spot, third was split between Ilott, Schumacher and Aitken. With final lap, we saw Ticktum, Zhou and Schumacher share the votes.
With most surprising driver, 66.7% voted for Juri Vips while 33.3% said Pedro Piquet. Vips showed himself last week so it’ll be interesting to see how he could possibly surprise this weekend. Piquet is very hit or miss so his race this weekend will also be one to watch. For teams, Prema took 66.7% while Virtuosi took 33.3% for 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 reclaim his championship position? Will Prema remain dominant? Are we about to see another new driver on the podium this weekend?
And that’s it for this weeks posts. We will be returning Monday with our race reviews but until then, enjoy your race weekend.