Formula 2 had nearly two months away following Bahrain but was back at Monaco with a bang. A slow start with Sprint Race 1 providing few standout moments didn’t set the tone for Saturday where we saw two terrific F2 races.
How did the GP Grandstand team think the return to Monaco went for the F2 circus?
Jacob Phillips – “Heartbreak, back luck and controversy”
Monaco desperately needed a bit of F2 spice to make up for the lack of action that F1 provided. All three races provided talking points with the usual carnage mixed with a raft of rare overtakes. Heartbreak, back luck and controversy was the order of the weekend that saw Guanyu Zhou cement himself as championship favourite.
Liam Lawson also showed his capabilities despite being stripped of a win in race two. However, my man of the weekend is Theo Pourchaire who showed both confidence and nerves of steel beyond his age to become the series youngest ever winner. Expect to hear that name much more as he head to Baku and beyond.
Thiemo Albers-Daly – “Action and heartbreak”
Not normally a track where overtaking is a common sight, Monaco was still able to deliver plenty of action and heartbreak over the course of the weekend.
Roy Nissany got a podium, Dan Ticktum inherited a win and Marcus Armstrong made a stellar overtake on the final lap of Sprint Race 1. But the last main takeaway is the heartbreak that was in store for Liam Lawson this weekend.
After leading Sprint Race 2 from start to finish and winning the race, Lawson was later disqualified. Why? For having the wrong throttle map at the very start of the race. This seems like quite a bit of overkill penalty wise and has sparked controversy among all Formula 2 fans.
Jim Kimberley – “A solid weekend overall for F2 at Monaco”
Two top races and a solid weekend overall for F2 at Monaco 2021. The streets were never going to provide us with all the overtakes we saw in Bahrain but I still enjoyed the return of Formula 2. The rain certainly did its part, although the Feature Race demonstrated wet weather was no requirement for thrilling racing.
While some drivers like Ralph Boschung, Oscar Piastri, Felipe Drugovich, and Guanyu Zhou revelled this weekend, many will be glad to see the back of the street circuit. Christian Lundgaard and Robert Shwartzman will both be wondering what they need to do to have their season start properly.
And what a messy few days for Gianluca Petecof. His engine gave up in the Practice session, and Petecof seemingly followed suit over the next two days. Fortunately, though, for those struggling, Baku isn’t far away to bounce right back.
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