F2 Half-Time Report: Campos

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After found rounds, we’re at the halfway mark in the Formula 2 season. So now is the perfect time to take a look at some of the teams who might not be getting the attention they deserve. The next team on that list is Campos. Read on to find out how their season has been going so far and what might lie in store for them for the rest of the season.

Gianluca Petecof

Image: Gianluca Petecof Twitter

As seen with HWA Racelab this year, there’s been a game of musical chairs afoot at Campos. Gianluca Petecof raced for the outfit for the first two rounds of the year in Bahrain and Monaco. To be candid, it didn’t go great for the Brazilian driver. He retired from three of the six races he raced in. His best finish was a thirteenth place in Bahrain. For a few reasons then, largely to do with funding, he then parted ways from both the team and Formula 2 ahead of the round in Azerbaijan. This is where his replacement comes in.

Matteo Nannini

HWA 2021 Formula 2
Image: © 2020 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

The Italian driver has driven for the team in both Baku and Silverstone thus far. He’s also currently expected to continue driving with the team for what’s left of 2021. Nannini has been running dual campaigns in both F2 and F3 this year. But if his results are anything to go by, some might think it’s best if he prioritized his Formula 3 racing – he’s had two top ten finishes so far this year including a trip to the podium.

But in Formula 2, he’s so far had a highest finishing position of eleventh place in Baku’s second Sprint Race. Aside from that, there haven’t been any other results worthy of note. Perhaps Nannini should indeed focus on and nail his F3 campaign so that he can deliver the goods properly in F2 come 2022.

Ralph Boschung

Photo Credit: Campos Media Centre and Dutch Photo Agency

Now we come onto the man who must be in need of a back massage as he’s been pretty much carrying the team by himself so far this season. Ralph Boschung is a favourite here at GP Grandstand – and with good reason. The Swiss driver is incredibly in his fifth year on Formula 2 this year. But that’s merely a technicality as he missed out in a seat in 2020. But he was given the chance to return for the final two races of the 2020 season.

Since then, he has joined Campos full time and has done an amazing job with the car that would make the team’s founder, the late Adrian Campos, proud.

“Ralph delivered a very solid race on Sunday” – Adrian Campos Jr, Campos Racing Sports Director

In 2021, Ralph has had a highest finishing position of fourth, in Monaco, and has scored all thirty six of Campos’ points. This also puts him in eleventh place overall in the Driver’s Standings. It’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility that he will score at least one podium this year if he keeps this momentum up. If Campos doesn’t decide to keep him for 2022, then other teams higher up the F2 grid should certainly take a keen interest in the Swiss driver. Imagine what he could he with a race winning car at his disposal.

Conclusion

Despite being tied with DAMS on points in the Constructor’s Championship, Campos should arguably be doing better. They are yet another team in F2 who seem to be driving with one hand tied behind their back. If they could get another driver of Ralph’s calibre (or similar) racing for them, they could easily be contending for a place in the top five of the Constructor’s Standings. Moving forwards, more points are almost certainly going to come their way. But Nannini needs to improve and contribute to that points total if he wants to keep his F2 dreams alive. MP Motorsport are their next rivals up the road after DAMS. It would be a great tribute to Adrian Campos if they could finish ahead of them come the end of 2021.

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