Formula 2 embarks on a new season, with an updated schedule format and plenty of fresh faces in the driver lineup!
We are just about two months away from the start of a new Formula 2 season. The FIA’s 2nd-tier Championship continues to provide the next generation of F1 stars. Last season saw future F1 driver Oscar Piastri battle with his teammate, 2022 Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou. The highly competitive series saw 10 different drivers win races last season.
F2 is all about the driver and strategy. Every team will be running the Dallara F2 2018 chassis with V6 engines by Mecachrome. There is typically a fair amount of turnover in the driver pool. Drivers move on to F1, Formula E, or other series while a fresh batch of young talent arrives from other series. Here’s a quick look at the driver lineup to date and the 2022 schedule.
As of January 10th, only eight of the 24 seats had been confirmed. Here’s a look at the current lineup:
- ART Grand Prix: Theo Pourchaire & an open seat
- Campos Racing: Ralph Boschung & an open seat
- Carlin: Logan Sargeant & an open seat
- Charouz Racing System: Both seats remain open
- DAMS: Roy Nissany & an open seat
- Hitech Grand Prix: Both seats remain open
- MP Motorsport: Felipe Drugovich & Clement Novalak
- Prema Racing: Both seats remain open
- Trident: Both seats remain open
- Van Amersfoort Racing: Both seats remain open
- Virtuosi Racing: Jack Doohan & Marino Sato
Currently, Theo Pourchaire is the top returning driver from last season’s standings (5th). Formula 3’s runner-up Jack Doohan will be one to watch as he joins Virtuosi, last season’s 2nd place F2 team.
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This season will return to the two-race format. Each of the 14 rounds will feature the Friday Sprint race followed by the Saturday Feature Race. The opening round will take place at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 19th and 20th. Last season’s winner of the Bahrain Feature Race, Guanyu Zhou, will be the new Alfa Romeo driver in F1.
There are just over two months until the start of the season. With most of the grid still pending confirmation expect plenty of F2 news in the weeks to come.
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