F2 Half-Time Report: MP Motorsport

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The second part of the 2021 Formula 2 season is almost upon us. It feels like an age since we last went racing. But before we can get back to the action, there’s just enough time for one more analysis piece. This time we take a look at how MP Motorsport have faired so far this season. For other articles like this, check out the link below:

 

Lirim Zendeli

2021 marks Zenedli’s Formula 2 debut. He spent two years in Formula 3 before this and made steady progress in both years to warrant the promotion. So how’s his year going so far? It could be better. But it’s not terrible either. He’s collected seven valuable points so far, across three different rounds. Three retirement have also messed with him however. As 2021 continues, he’ll be looking to collect more points in the attempt to leap frog the likes of Bent Viscaal and Roy Nissany in the Championship standings. If he continues as he has been, he looks set for a seat next year. If his improvement then is anything like it was in his second year of F3, then Zendeli may prove to be an excellent driver for MP Motorsport to have.

Richard Verschoor

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Like Zendeli, 2021 is Verschoor’s first year in F2 too, following two years in F3. The highlight of his year so far is surely his strategically excellent Sprint Race win last time out in Silverstone. He capitalized on the safety cars to put himself in reverse pole for the second race and dominated the race from there. Aside from that, he’s also had a few other top five finishes. This puts him in tenth place overall, just behind the likes of Daruvala, Lawson and Drugovich. He performs consistently and has prior experience in Monza because of F3, so it will be interesting to see what he can do there. Richard has also largely helped MP Motorsport get to where they are in the Constructor’s Standings which will put him in good favour with the team.

There are plenty more opportunities for Verschoor to repeat his Silverstone magic so there’s every chance we’ll see him on the podium again before the year is out.

Conclusion

Unlike some other F2 teams, both MP Motorsport drivers are performing well and consistently adding to the points tally. With both Zendeli and Verschoor in their rookie years, it would make sense for MP to retain them for next year to not only help them develop as drivers but also to get themselves higher up in the standings come the end of 2022. Both drivers have a lot of potential and currently this is particularly applicable to Verschoor. The gap to ART out front is a sizeable one so it may prove tricky to catch them. But with these drivers, sixth place in the standings at least seems a certainty to them.

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