Formula 2 returned to Silverstone this weekend. But on the whole, despite some big Championship shake-ups, it fell it bit flat overall. Despite this, there’s still plenty to analyse and sink your teeth into. So without any further ado, here are the Key Takeaways from Formula 2 in Silverstone.
We here at GP Grandstand are always a fan of saying that to succeed in Formula 2 and Formula 3, consistency is key. One young chap who remembered that this weekend is Aussie talent, Oscar Piastri.
A sixth place in Sprint Race 1 set things up nicely for him for the rest of Saturday. He went on to finish in fourth place in Sprint Race 2, collecting some more valuable championship points in the process.
Despite starting on pole position for the Feature Race after a sublime qualifying, Piastri couldn’t quite convert it into a win. In the end, he had to settle for third place – still not too shabby – and consequently, Piastri now finds himself on top of the Driver’s Standings. That’s a nice place to be as F2 goes into a mega long break ahead of the next round in Monza.
Zhou on the Ropes
But Piastri’s good fortune wasn’t all down to his driving. His main Championship rival, Guanyu Zhou had a very topsy turvy weekend which ultimately unseated him from the top of the standings.
Zhou took himself out of the first Sprint Race with a bizarre spin and not having contact with any other drivers in the process. Sprint Race 2 saw him down to 11th place, which didn’t do him any favours either. He qualified in second place for the Feature Race and then was able to salvage his weekend by claiming the win.
But even with this much-needed resurgence in the most important part of the weekend, it’s still a weekend that’s put Zhou on the ropes. The Championship is on now and Zhou will need to ensure that he delivers in every single race.
There were safety cars aplenty in Sprint Race 1 but this didn’t end up being a bad thing for Richard Verschoor. Changing tyres in an unneeded pit stop gave him tremendous pace and allowed him to climb up the pack to tenth place and reverse grid pole for Sprint Race 2.
It was an inspired piece of strategy that paid dividends for both Verschoor and MP Motorsport when he converted the reverse grid pole into his first Formula 2 win with a dominant drive.
He then managed to get a very solid fourth place in the Feature Race to top off a successful weekend. Surely this will be enough to guarantee Verschoor a seat at MP Motorsport for Monza and beyond, won’t it?
Rollercoaster for Robert
To quote Lando Norris, Robert Shwartzman’s 2021 season has been “up and down, like a rollercoaster”. Following an absolutely blistering start in Sprint Race 1 off the line, the Russian was able to set the pace and control the race from beginning to end.
Safety cars, race restarts and other chasing drivers couldn’t bother him and he won comfortably. But come Sprint Race 2 he found himself spinning around and losing out on any more points as he finished down in 15th place.
In the Feature Race, Robert was able to finish in fifth which – due to the bonkers nature of the weekend – has propelled him up into second place in the Driver’s Standings, just eight points behind Piastri. A late charge for the 2021 title may have just begun – and as fans of Formula 2, we’re in for a treat.
Is Lundgaard Cursed?
If someone ever offers you the chance to drive in the second seat of the ART team in Formula 2, you might be tempted to take it. But be warned, it might be cursed!
Heading into the 2021 season, Christian Lundgaard was on the list of possible Championship favourites. Fast forward to the halfway point in the season and he sits down in 12th place in the Driver’s Standings. What’s worse, about 90% of the reasons for this and down to just plain old bad luck – more of which followed him to Silverstone.
At the start of the weekend though, it looked like things might change. Lundgaard finished the first Sprint Race in third place which was fantastic to see. But the good times didn’t last long. A 13th place finish in Sprint Race 2 brought him crashing back down to Earth.
A loose tyre flying off his car in the pits combined with an unfair time penalty on Lundgaard himself then ruined the Feature Race for him. Things don’t look good for Lundgaard moving forwards, but we here at GP Grandstand definitely hope that all his bad luck is finally over.