F2 drivers predict “stressful” weekends with new format

F2 drivers predict “stressful” weekends with new format

For 2021, Formula 1 feeder collection F2 and also FIA Formula 3 will certainly run a new format including 3 races and also a significantly altered certifying system developed to spruce up the activity.

F2 drivers will certainly oppose 2 120km (45 mins) run races on Saturday complied with by a Sunday function race of 170km in range within a one-hour duration. F3 will certainly embrace a system of 3 similar 40-minute races.

The grid for the opening sprint race will certainly see the leading 10 in Friday’s certifying session upside down, with the lead victor beginning with 10th. The post victor will certainly nonetheless assert a perk 4 factors according to in 2015’s guidelines.

A reversed leading 10 of the arise from the initial sprint race established the grid for the 2nd sprint race, while the outcomes of Friday’s certifying session creates the grid for Sunday’s function race.

The leading 8 in the sprint races will certainly be granted factors utilizing the (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1) gliding range, while the Formula 1 factors system will certainly remain in usage for the function race.

The adjustments have actually been referred to as “interesting” by numerous in the paddock with drivers confessing that a boosted use approach will certainly be called for to attain the most effective outcomes.

“My point of view is that it is going to be quite interesting for the people watching and for us it will be a little bit more stressful. You will definitely have to have no mistakes and try to finish in the top 10,” stated Zhou, that remains with the UNI-Virtuosi group for 2021.

“I’m still not sure if qualifying pole is better or qualifying P10, but I will be going for the extra four points for pole.

“I think from my point of view it will make the championship more compact and close in terms of points especially when we are heading to Monaco or the city tracks. 

“You couldn’t really afford to have a bad qualifying and having technical issues in one of the races means you are out of the points or in a bad starting position.”

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Although the format provides a new difficulty for the drivers, Prema F2 newbie and also ruling F3 champ Oscar Piastri thinks the guidelines will certainly remain to profit those that certify well.

“To be honest I think for qualifying it doesn’t change anything regardless of how the reverse grids are going to work. You are still going to want to be on pole position,” stated Piastri.

“Obviously the feature race is still worth more points and you get four points for pole as well. 

“I think it is interesting the way they have done it especially the first race. I think if you do qualify up the front, especially on pole, keeping out of trouble for Race 1 and then get the reverse pole for Race 2, so you have two races starting up the front, is going to be massively important. 

“I think it still works to the advantage of people that can qualify well. I think it should be pretty exciting.”

ART Grand Prix vehicle driver Christian Lundgaard states the new weekend break format will certainly really feel “weird” yet states the guidelines might bring the midfield groups extra right into the defend factors.

“I think it’s going to be a weird weekend doing practice, doing quali and then basically start the opposite if you are in the top 10,” statedLundgaard

“It opens up opportunities for the midfield teams to get in and have a chance of winning, but it also shows if a driver is consistent, which is what I have been missing in the previous years. 

“If you are in the top three, top five every race you will be able to score good points and you will come out in a decent position towards the end of the season.”

The new F2 format will certainly make its launching at the period opening round in Bahrain on March 26-28.