F2 Half-Time Report: DAMS

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As you may have noticed, there isn’t any Formula 2 on at the moment. That’s because we’re at the halfway mark in the 2021 season. So now is as fitting a time as any to sit back and ponder on how the season is going so far. This time around, we take a look at DAMS who are having a bit of an up and down season. Let’s investigate…

Marcus Armstrong

Image: Marcus Armstrong Twitter

In his second season of Formula 2, many pipped him as an outside Championship contender for 2021. Unfortunately for the Kiwi, those championship hopes haven’t been realized. It’s been a mixed bag for him really. When he’s finished a race, he’s performed well, with all but one of his results inside the top ten. But as is the way with F2, that doesn’t always guarantee you points. He did get a well deserved podium in Silverstone which may be the boost he needs to try and save his season. However, the fact of the matter is, Armstrong has had five retirements this year – and in F2, just one can be incredibly costly.

Ahead of the 2021 season, Armstrong said that whilst he of course wants to fight for wins and Championships, he knows that sometimes, other priorities must come first.

“When the time comes, we have to make a decision as to whether we should risk winning a race or take a good points haul.” – Marcus Armstrong

He’s got a sensible head on his shoulders and is a strong racer. But his bad luck this year isn’t doing him any favours and places him in a precarious position. Only time will tell if Armstrong can turn his season around.

Roy Nissany

Roy Nissany Monaco F2 2021 Podium

Roy Nissany is in his third season of Formula 2. This usually means that the driver would be close to achieving their dream of moving up to Formula 1 or beginning to live on borrowed time. But with the Israeli driver, he seems to be a bit in between. Thanks largely due to third place achievement in Monaco, Nissany has more points to his name in 2021 than in the past two years combined.

“My ambition for this year is to just go race by race, gathering more and more points and, above all, realising all of my potential because this is what I was lacking last year.” – Roy Nissany

His other results are mainly point-less though and on that front, it levels the playing field between him and Armstrong. Nissany is also part of the Williams driver academy and has been able to drive their F1 car in several practise sessions across this season and last. Yet it still seems unlikely that he will make the step up into F1 any time soon. Thanks to his financial backing however, it doesn’t seem that he’ll leave Formula 2 either. Roy knows he has to improve and wants to but at the moment, it doesn’t seem as if there will be any large ramifications for him if he doesn’t.

He’ll need to finish consistently in the points for the rest of this year if he wants to quiet his doubters and prove that he will still be in F2 on merit.

Conclusion

DAMS are traditionally a high flying Formula 2 team. Previous drivers include Alex Albon (former F1 and DTM driver), Nicholas Latifi (F1 driver) and Oliver Rowland (Formula e driver). But in the last two seasons, they’ve slipped down the order towards the back of the field. That currently puts them on equal points with Campos with only their two podiums keeping them above them in seventh. They have a long way to go if they want to win the Championship like they did in 2019.

But for 2021, that seems unlikely. Right now MP Motorsport and Campos are their main rivals, with ART next up the road if things go their way. Big changes and some good luck will need to come their way however if they want to achieve this. Both drivers have proven they can capitalize on opportunities when presented with them. Now all they have to do is create more of those opportunities.

 

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