F2 arrives in France with well over half of the season complete and a title battle that is building each weekend.
Circuit Paul Ricard in France is one of the fastest on the calendar and requires full commitment throughout the lap. Logan Sargeant is coming off back-to-back feature race victories and will be looking to keep that momentum up. Having failed to score in the last race, championship leader Drugovich will be determined to set that right.
Circuit Paul Ricard
The last time F2 raced here was in 2019 and it was won by Nyck De Vries, who since left for Formula E. The track is 5.842-km long with two DRS zones and a lot of overtaking opportunities for those brave enough.
The tires are different from the last time they were here. The track is also known to be reasonably high for degradation. This means getting the strategy right in the Feature Race will be paramount to finishing well.
No rain is expected this weekend, just extremely high temperatures. It will present its own challenges to the drivers who will be pushing for every position they can. Mistakes are not uncommon around here, but drivers must always remember the golden rule…
Remember when 2019 PREMA team mates Sean Gelael and Mick Schumacher shattered the golden rule at Paul Ricard… 💥😩
— Formula 2 (@Formula2) July 21, 2022
Don’t hit your teammate!
Drugovich maintains a relatively healthy lead, but Sargeant is on a charge and looking to close the gap further.
- Felipe Drugovich – 154 points
- Logan Sargeant – 115 points
- Theo Pourchaire – 114 points
- Jehan Daruvala – 80 points
Formula 2 is more about the drivers aiming to step up to Formula 1 but the last races have moved the championship order around a bit. Serial winners Prema now sit in fourth a little adrift. Thanks to Sargent’s recent wins, Carlin is only one point off the top.
- MP Motorsport – 176 points
- Carlin – 175 points
- ART Grand Prix – 170 points
- Prema Racing – 147 points
With the gap since F2 last raced here, not many of the drivers will have experience of the track. Potentially leading to anything happening. So far it has certainly been a fool’s game to predict what will happen but it doesn’t stop us from trying!
With it effectively being Pourchaire’s home race then cannot look much further than him for the win.
The Feature Race podium prediction:
- Theo Pourchaire
- Dennis Hauger
- Logan Sargeant
How to Watch Formula 2 – EDT & GMT
- Practice 07/22 – 05:35 AM on ESPN3 (09:35 AM Sky Sports F1)
- Qualifying 07/22 – 12:30 PM on ESPN3 (16:30 PM Sky Sports F1)
- Sprint Race 07/23 – 12:00 PM on ESPN3 (16:00 PM Sky Sports F1)
- Feature Race 07/24 – 03:35 AM on ESPN3 (07:35 AM Sky Sports F1)