It has almost been two years since F2 last went racing in Monaco. It’s fair to say that a lot has changed since then. So much so that Guanyu Zhou and Ralph Boschung are the only two drivers on the 2021 grid to have raced there last time around. With that in mind and the fact that Monaco is a notoriously tricky circuit to say the least, here’s what to look out for…
Madness in Monaco?
Even the most casual viewer of motorsport knows that Monaco is the crème de la crème of street circuits. But it is known for its prestige as much as it is known for its difficult and unforgiving nature. Qualifying will be key here for Sunday’s Feature Race. But it will also make Saturday’s Sprint Races quite tricky. Overtaking is possible at Monaco but one false move and you’re in the wall. Monaco is known for its shunts so expect to see plenty this weekend. However, there are big opportunities available too. Keeping to yourself could benefit in the long run. This is the place where starting at the back could end with a cheeky podium. At Monaco, never say never.
The Championship Battle Continues
After the first round there is a 20 point difference between 1st and 4th in the Driver’s Standings. But whilst Zhou currently leads, Lawson, Daruvala and Piastri will be looking to hunt him down this weekend. You also can’t rule out others such as Lungaard and Shwartzman from closing the gap given Monaco’s fickle nature. In F2, there are always mountains of points on offer so don’t believe that any Championship leads are safe just yet.
As mentioned above, anything can happen in Monaco. This is the reason why it might be the best chance for the seven drivers currently without any points, to score their first of the season. Vips and Viscaal were the two main shocks for non point scoring finishes last time out so they’ll both be looking to rectify this. As for the likes of Samaia, Nissany and co., you never know.
Pole Position = Race Win?
Back in 2019, Nyck de Vries qualified on Pole for the feature race and converted it into a win. Anthoine Hubert also started the Sprint Race in first position and went on to win that race. Whilst the driver on pole still has to survive the twists and turns of Monaco, being on pole certainly helps take the pressure off a little. But as Alex Albon proved in 2018, getting Pole doesn’t guarantee you the win.
The Return of Aitken
You read that right. In case you didn’t know, Jack Aitken returns to F2 this weekend for the first of at least two rounds with HWA. This news comes after Matteo Nannini had to drop out of F2. This was due to a sponsor pulling out of funding his season. Aitken last went racing back in Bahrain in 2020. But whilst he drove in F2 for the first round, he made his Formula 1 debut for the second. So with a taste of F1 in his mouth, Aitken will be ecstatic to be back racing. Jack has also done well at street circuits before. So it will be fascinating to see what he can upon his return in Monaco.
So there you have it. Monaco is sure to be deliciously chaotic. It’s the weekend where everyone wants to win just that little bit more. But by wanting that, there’s more of a chance for mistakes. One thing is for sure though – Monaco will sort the men from the boys.