F2 Half-Time Report: Charouz

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We’re currently at the half way point of the 2021 Formula 2 season. So now is as good a time as any for us to examine how some of the teams have been fairing so far. We’ve looked at Trident and HWA Racelab previously. Now, it’s time to examine how Charouz have been doing in the first half of the season.

Guilherme Samaia

The Brazilian driver is currently in his second full season of Formula 2. He made the switch to Charouz after driving for Campos last year. But aside from a couple of near point finishes at the opening round in Bahrain, Samaia has had a pretty uninspiring season. In terms of improvement, Guilherme has on average finished better in races than he did in 2o20. He’s only had one retirement this year so far and with a bit of good luck, he might be able to clinch one or two points in the second half of the year. Without those points, Samaia’s F2 dreams may be on very thin ice if he hopes to continue in 2022.

David Beckmann

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As with HWA Racelab, there is a different, more positive story on the other side of the Charouz garage. David Beckmann is in his rookie year of Formula 2 following two years in Formula 3. With two wins and four other podiums to his name last year, there were high hopes for the German driver coming into 2021. It’s logical to think then that Charouz are happy with Beckmann then as he’s collected two podiums already. He started the year spectacularly with a third place finish in the first Bahrain Sprint Race. Beckmann then went one better and finished second place in the second Sprint Race in Baku.

He’s had two other point finishes this season which puts him in thirteenth place in the driver’s standings, nestled between the experienced drivers of Marcus Armstrong and Christian Lungaard. There’s no reason to think that Beckmann won’t get more points in the second part of the season. Who knows, he might also find his way up onto the top step of the podium before the end of the year.

Conclusion

Charouz is a tale of two halves this season. David Beckmann is so far single handidly responsible for all of Charouz’s success and pushing them up the Constructor’s Standings. They sit clear of Trident at the moment and are only eleven points behind Campos and DAMS. This shapes things up nicely for a good little tussle towards the back end of the grid, especially if Beckmann can find his way onto the podium again. One good weekend could see them jump up into seventh place, which would equal their 2020 result. It’s going to be fascinating to see what the remainder of 2021 has in store for them.

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