FIA Formula 2 at Silverstone cooked up a championship change underneath the sizzling British sunshine. Oscar Piastri leads the F2 standings after a topsy-turvy weekend from his Alpine Academy peer, Guanyu Zhou. Here’s what the GP Grandstand team thought of Formula 2’s halfway point Grand Prix:
Jacob Phillips – “The key to F2 is consistency”
A rather subdued return for F2 this weekend – the action on track never living up to the sweltering temperatures. Not that Richard Verschoor will mind.
The Dutchman followed in compatriot Max Verstappen’s footsteps to really impress this weekend, securing a victory in the second sprint. The MP Motorsport driver is shockingly on a race-by-race contract, highlighting, once again, how finances play a part in junior formulae.
As I often say the key to Formula 2 is consistency. Piastri showed this in exemplary nature securing solid points despite not picking up a race win. Two of his title rivals Robert Shwartzman and Guanyu Zhou did pick up victory’s either side of less than stellar performances in the other two races.
Home hero Dan Ticktum also deserves a shout-out, securing a double podium on home turf.
One thing I fear that is hurting F2 right now is the gap between races. F2 feels like it is lacking momentum with the six weeks prior to this event and seven until Monza is doing nothing to help.
Jim Kimberley – “Richard Verschoor will remember Silverstone”
Silverstone looked like a glorious place to be this weekend with the sun shining, people partying, and engines roaring. The racing action across all three championships wasn’t, however, so enchanting to watch television.
I don’t think any of the three F2 races will live long in the memory for fans. But Richard Verschoor will remember both of Silverstone’s sprint races with MP Motorsport’s strategy in Sprint Race 1 turning Saturday afternoon’s Sprint Race 2 into his first F2 victory.
The Dutchman almost followed in Dan Ticktum’s footsteps with a double podium finish at Silverstone on Sunday, too. The Feature Race saw Oscar Piastri slip from pole position to intensely defending from the charging Verschoor in the dying laps. The best racing over the weekend in F2 in my eyes and I’m still trying to understand how the new championship leader held on to third place!
Thiemo Albers-Daly – “Consistency is key”
Formula 2 returned to Silverstone this weekend. But on the whole, despite some big Championship shake-ups, it fell it bit flat overall.
We here at GP Grandstand are always a fan of saying that to succeed in Formula 2 and Formula 3, consistency is key. One young chap who remembered that this weekend is Aussie talent, Oscar Piastri. Piastri now finds himself on top of the Driver’s Standings. That’s a nice place to be as F2 goes into a mega long break ahead of the next round in Monza.
If someone ever offers you the chance to drive in the second seat of the ART team in Formula 2, you might be tempted to take it. But be warned, it might be cursed!
Heading into the 2021 season, Christian Lungaard was on the list of possible Championship favourites. Fast forward to the halfway point in the season and he sits down in 12th place in the Driver’s Standings. What’s worse, about 90% of the reasons for this and down to just plain old bad luck – more of which followed him to Silverstone.