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Formula 2 Round 6: Martins and Crawford get their First Wins

Round 6 of the Formula 2 championship saw Victor Martins and Jack Crawford take their first wins of the season.

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Formula 2 made its first stop of the triple header in Spain. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hosted Round 6 of the Formula 2 championship. Having hosted several weeks of testing here before, many of the drivers were coming to a track they have driven a lot on.

Paul Aron came into the weekend as the championship leader while Campos was leading the team’s championship. Kush Maini was looking to bounce back after having scored just 1 point in the last 2 rounds.

Free Practice

Championship leader Paul Aron set the pace in Free Practice. The Estonian driver was the fastest with a time of 1:26.922. Enzo Fittipaldi was second quickest, just 0.136 down on Aron with Colapinto rounding up the top 3.

Paul Aron of Hitech Pulse-Eight (17) (Photo by James Sutton – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Qualifying

Paul Aron continued his strong pace from Free Practice to take his first pole in Formula 2. Aron put in a time of 1:25.385 to set the benchmark in the initial run. Taylor Barnard went off at Turn 9 and into the barriers causing a red flag in the session. As a result, the winner from Monaco will start both races from the back of the grid. The session resumed with a few more drivers going out to complete their first flying laps and Isack Hadjar removed Aron from the top of the timing sheet with a time of 1:25.205.

Pole position qualifier Paul Aron of Estonia and Hitech Pulse-Eight (17) (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

With under 10 minutes to go, the drivers headed out for their second run on fresh softs. It was Aron once again who climbed to the top with a time of 1:24.766. Jack Crawford joined Aron on the front row with just 0.002s off. Colapinto rounded the top 3 with a time of 1:24.772. Gabriel Bortaleto joined Colapinto on the second row, 0.055 off of pole. Antonelli finished inside the top 5, narrowly ahead of Ritomo Miyata in 6th.

“I did the in-season test here and have driven the track in other categories, so I have experience around this track whereas before in earlier rounds, it was the first time driving the track for me, which is difficult with Practice only being 45 minutes.

“But I have F2 experience around Barcelona, so that’s why I can fight for the top positions in Qualifying.”

Said Ritomo Miyata after qualifying 6th, his best ever this season.

Further down the order, it was Joshua Durksen in 7th, Juan Manuel Correa in 8th, and Victor Martins in 9th. Kush Maini qualified in P10 and got the Pole for the reverse grid Sprint Race.

Sprint Race

Kush Maini started the sprint race on pole and had fellow Alpine Academy driver Victor Martins on the front row. At the start, Martins got off the line well while Maini suffered wheel spin which dropped him to fourth. Ritomo Miyata got a good start from 4th on the grid as he went ahead of Maini and Correa to take 2nd in Turn 1.

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Onto Lap 2, Maini made his way back to podium places after overtaking Correa in turn 1. Further down, the fight for the final few points-paying positions was intensifying. Antonelli and Hadjar fought hard early on for the seventh position.

Victor Martins kept putting in solid lap times to distance himself from Miyata. By lap 10, Martins had pulled 1.5s ahead of Miyata, with Maini close 1.1s behind in 3rd. Hadjar finally cleared Antonelli on Lap 12. The Italian was then soon overtaken by Crawford who took the final point-paying position from him.

Ritomo Miyata got two 5s time penalties for track limits violations, which meant Maini would finish P2 if he stuck close behind. With Miyata’s penalty, the battle for the final podium position heated up. On the penultimate lap, Correa overtook Bortoleto to take 4th place (3rd after Miyata’s Penalty). Bortoleto kept falling behind with both Aron and Crawford overtaking him for 5th and 6th.

In the front, however, it was the Frenchman who took the chequered flag. Martins scored his first win since Silverstone 2023. Maini finished 2nd, taking his 3rd podium of this season.

Correa took 3rd place but was handed post-race penalties which promoted Aron to the final step of the podium. Crawford and Bortoleto rounded up the top 5. Hadjar, Miyata, and Correa finished in 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively, the final points-paying position of the race.

Multiple post-race penalties were awarded for track limit violations. 7 drivers got a total of 10 5s time penalties between them after the chequered flag.

Feature Race

Championship leader Paul Aron started on Pole position with Jack Crawford alongside him on the front row. Aron got the perfect launch at the start, leading Crawford and Colapinto into turn 1. It was not the same for Victor Martins who made contact with Dennis Hauger. Both drivers were spent spinning into the gravel at Turn 2. With both drivers out of the race, Safety Car was deployed to recover the cars.

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On lap 8, the pendulum swung towards those who opted for the alternative strategy, starting on Hard tyres. Joshua Durksen was the first to benefit, overtaking Hadjar who was on Softs for fifth position. Crawford pulled the trigger first, he came in to get rid of his Softs and take a new set of Hards. Aron was called into the pits on Lap 12, he came out ahead of Crawford but the DAMS driver overtook him through turn 3.

Taylor Barnard had a weekend to forget. Having started last he came to a halt at the pit lane entry. VSC was deployed to recover the car. Going into Lap 16, Aron lined up a move on Crawford but due to a snap of oversteer, he slid off the road, dropping 3 spots before joining in 11th.

With 10 laps to go, Correa, who was leading the race on Hards came into the pits. Maini followed him to switch to Softs. Correa came out in 9th while Maini was in 15th. Both drivers made maximum use of their fresh softs and charged up the grid. On Lap 33, Correa made his way to the final step on the podium, overtaking Aron on Turn 1.

Maini moved up to 7th and was looking to overtake his teammate for 6th into Turn 1 on the final lap. The two teammates made contact, leaving Bortoleto with front wing damage while Maini moved up to 6th.

Jack Crawford won for the second time in F2, his first this year. Taking full advantage of his tyre strategy and the mistake made by Paul Aron. Colapinto came home in 2nd, his first feature race podium. Juan Manuel Correa returned to the podium after 5 years in 3rd.

Race winner Jak Crawford of United States and DAMS Lucas Oil (7) (Photo by James Sutton – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Aron finished fourth, maintaining his Championship lead over Hadjar, who came in fifth. Maini crossed the line in sixth, followed by Bortoleto in seventh. Maloney, Cordeel, and local favorite Josep María Martí racing for Campos Racing, completed the points positions.

“We just won the Feature Race and it’s a huge result for DAMS. We did a really risky strategy and it paid off in the end. I’m so happy for the team and JM, it’s a good result for everyone.”

Said jack crawford after winning the feature race.

Championship Standings

Aron extended his championship lead after Round 6 in Formula 2. Jack Crawford moved up 6 places, thanks to his feature race win. Kush Maini is currently 8th in the standings, 50 points behind the championship leader.

Up Next

Formula 2 heads to the Red Bull Ring for Round 7 of the championship from June 28-30. This is their second stop in the triple-header, before heading to Silverstone. Catch all the action live on F1TV and Fancode.

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Formula 2 Round 9 Preview: Top 5 storylines heading into Hungary

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Budapest hosts Formula 2 for Round 9 of the championship. The Hungaroring will be first stop of the double header before we head to the summer break. Here are DRC’s top 5 storylines heading into Budapest.
Read the Round 8 review here.

Hadjar will look to maintain his championship lead.

Hadjar has finally regained the championship lead that he lost to Paul Aron earlier in the season. In the last 6 Feature Races, Hadjar has 3 wins and 2 more podiums to his name. His worst result in those feature races was a fifth place finish in Barcelona.

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Hadjar is currently 16 points ahead of second placed Paul Aron in the championship. The campos driver will be looking to extend this lead over the double header.

Aron looking to make a comeback after a disappointing Silverstone

Paul Aron went into Silverstone hoping to end his winless streak in Formula 2. Things didn’t go as planned and he failed to score a single point in Silverstone. Having scored a podium in each of the seven opening rounds, not scoring a point in the eighth round was disappointing. This resulted in Aron losing his championship lead to rival Isack Hadjar.

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The Hitech driver will look to bounce back in Hungary. With just 16 points adrift of the top, a solid weekend can close that gap down. The results in Silverstone being majorly affected by his spin in qualifying. However, he was on provisional pole before the spin and showed good pace in the races as well. Aron will definitely be the one to watch as he now hunts for his first win and also the championship lead.

Zane Maloney looking to build on Silverstone success

Even though Maloney didn’t get a win in Silverstone, but 2 podiums in both races meant he had his second best weekend of the season so far. The Rodin driver won both races in Bahrain, getting a start people could only dream of. But, the form dipped with the Bajan scoring only 1 podium in the next 6 weekends. Silverstone was a turn in form with Maloney scoring two P2 finishes.

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The solid weekend in Silverstone has put Maloney P3 in the championship standings. Coming into Budapest, Maloney will look to build on his success from last round.

Maini will look to turn his mixed weekends into solid ones

The Indian driver has scored 2 podiums in the last 3 rounds. But the performance is still far off from what people expected out of him. Having challenged for race wins and pole positions at the start of the year, that form has seen a dip since Imola. It was reported that he had a cracked chassis in Imola and Monaco. In Spain he had a brand new chassis and the form improved. Ever since then it has been a mixed bag of results.

Heading into Hungary, the Indian driver will be looking to put it all together and have a solid weekend. Hungaroring is also the track where Maini scored his first and only Formula 3 podium.

Teams’ title fight heating up

The 2024 Formula 2 teams’ title fight is intensely competitive, with Campos Racing currently leading by 23 points. Rodin Motorsport initially dominated, but their momentum waned, allowing teams like Hitech Pulse-Eight and MP Motorsport to close in. The top five teams are closely matched, with only 51 points separating them. As the season progresses, the standings are expected to remain volatile, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion. With numerous races left, including unpredictable circuits like Baku and Lusail, the title fight is far from over.

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Schedule and Where to Watch.

You can watch Formula 2 live in India on F1TV and Fancode. The full weekend schedule is as follows.

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Isack Hadjar Retakes Championship Lead: Formula 2 Round 8

Isack Hadjar retook the championship lead in Silverstone. The Frenchman scored a pole and the Feature Race win to get back on top.

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Isack Hadjar took pole and a win in Silverstone to retake the Formula 2 championship lead in Silverstone. Here are the storylines from the weekend.

Disaster Weekend for Paul Aron

Paul Aron coming to Silverstone had a podium each round, this streak ended in Silverstone. Not only did he fail to score a podium, but he also didn’t score any points at all. The Estonian driver qualified P12 after making an error and spinning out with 10 minutes left in the session. This left him with major flat spots while everyone else improved their times. In the Sprint Race Aron collided with Martí and it left both out of the race. In the Feature Race, Aron finished outside the points in P12. Having lost his Championship lead, Aron would be looking to take it back in Hungary.

Hadjar gets the Pole and a Win

Isack Hadjar had a mixed weekend but most of it was on the good side. Qualifying on Pole, Hadjar started the Sprint race in P10. The Campos driver beached his car on lap 8 straight into Copse. The next day in the feature race Hadjar had a bad start starting from pole and fell back. Hadjar then drove brilliantly to come back into the race and was running P2 behind Crawford. A 5s time penalty for Crawford meant Hadjar who was only 2.5s behind would take the victory after the penalty was applied.

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Heading into Budapest as the championship leader, Hadjar would look to extend his lead on top.

“Race winner on Sunday, unfortunately not on track like we wanted. But still, it was a really fun race with lots going on and I managed to bring those points home. Already looking forward to Budapest.”

Isack Hadjar after the feature race

Zane Maloney takes Double Podium

Maloney didn’t get any race wins but scored 2 crucial podium finishes to climb up to 3rd in the championship standings. An uneventful sprint race as Maloney started P2 and finished P2 as well. The Feature Race however was anything but uneventful. The Bajan driver had a great start to move up 3 places. He then went on to manage his tyres and pace well to finish P2 after Crawford’s penalty. After scoring 0 points last weekend, Maloney would be happy to bounce back with two P2s.

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Andrea Kimi Antonelli gets his first win.

The Mercedes Junior was having a lackluster season in Formula 2, delivering performances below everyone’s expectations of him. The prime candidate for the Mercedes seat, he had to step up to show everyone that he deserved the seat. Having started from the reverse grid pole in the Sprint Race, Kimi excelled in mixed conditions to finish P1.

“Got my first win, really happy with the result. It was a difficult race in difficult conditions, but we managed pretty well and I’m really happy to bring home the first win of the season.”

Andrea Kimi Antonelly

The feature race ended early for the Italian after being sent into a spin by Kush Maini on the opening lap. An overall decent weekend and the Sprint Race victory will only motivate him to push for being constantly at the front.

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Mixed weekend for Kush Maini

The Indian driver had another mixed weekend in Silverstone, similar to what he had in Austria one week back. The pace was looking strong for Maini in qualifying, but traffic hampered his final push lap resulting in him qualifying P8. On the reverse grid for the Sprint Race, Maini started P3 and finished P3 too, but the race was not as simple as it looks like. The Alpine junior driver was holding position in mixed conditions after being under constant pressure from his teammate. On the last lap, Bortoleto made a move on Maini on the last corner, overtaking him to finish P3. Later on the stewards deemed the move illegal, as Bortoleto overtook outside the track. This resulted in Maini getting back the 3rd place.

In the feature race, Maini tapped Kimi from behind, sending the Prema driver into a spin and giving Maini damage. This forced Maini to make an early pit stop. After that, the race was pretty much uneventful for the Indian who crossed the finish line in P19. Maini also got a 10s time penalty for the opening lap incident, but that didn’t affect his finishing position.

Championship Standings

Isack Hadjar moves to the top of the Championship ahead of Paul Aron, 133 points to 117. Zane Maloney improved his position in third, now on 101 points with Gabriel Bortoleto fourth on 98. Franco Colapinto is P5 on 92 points.

In the Teams’ Standings, Campos Racing lead with 171 points ahead of MP Motorsport in second on 158. Invicta Racing are just two points back in third position, while Hitech Pulse-Eight and Rodin Motorsport round out the top five with 142 and 120 points respectively.

Formula 2 will take a week off and head to Budapest for Round 9 of the championship from July 19-21.

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Formula 2 Round 8: Last Leg of the Triple Header

Formula 2 makes it’s final stop of the triple header in Silverstone. Read Desi Racing Co’s preview for the weekend.

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It’s the final leg of the triple header and Formula 2 will be in town for Round 8 of the championship. Halfway through the season, and it still feels too early to call the championship. Here are the storylines heading into Round 8 of the Formula 2 championship.

Paul Aron is still at the top

The Estonian driver has continued his streak of scoring a podium in every round of the championship. A P3 in the Sprint and a P5 in the Feature Race helped Aron stay at the top of the championship. Still yet to win a race this year, he could be eyeing the top step in Silverstone.

Paul Aron of Hitech Pulse-Eight (17) (Photo by James Sutton – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Bortoleto is fresh off of a win

The reigning F3 champion got his first win in F2 last weekend in Austria. This helped the McLaren junior climb 3 spots from before in the championship standings. Sitting third in the championship, Bortoleto would look to build on his win last weekend and close the gap in the championship. Sitting just 32 points off the lead, the next few rounds could prove pivotal for the Brazilian if he wants to mount a championship challenge.

Gabriel Bortoleto of Invicta Racing (10) (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Win and a Promotion within a week for Bearman

Oliver Bearman had been having a lackluster season in Formula 2 till now. Having impressed in his Rookie season last year, there’s something about the new-gen cars that doesn’t click for Bearman. Coming into Austria the Prema driver had scored just 18 points in 5 rounds (he missed the Saudi round to fill in for Carlos Sainz). However, in Austria, the Ferrari Academy driver got his first win of the season. On the reverse grid, the Brit started on the front row, a good start helped him lead into turn 1 which he converted into a race win. It was announced today that Bearman will drive for Ferrari customer Haas F1 Team in 2025.

Can Kush bounce back from Austria?

Kush Maini had a disappointing time out in Austria. The Indian driver scored only 2 points in the weekend, both of which came in the sprint race. Having started on reverse grid Pole position for the sprint race, Kush failed to convert it into a win. He lost ground at the start and just couldn’t turn things around in the race, losing more positions to eventually finish 7th. In the feature race, he stalled on the grid, forcing him to start from the pitlane. To come back from a pitlane start in the race was a tough ask, especially when there were no safety car interruptions. The Alpine Academy driver finished 17th in the race.

Coming into Silverstone, Kush has said it’s his favourite track on the calendar. The Track has also given at least 1 F2 driver their first win in the championship since 2020. Could this be the fateful weekend that Kush needs?

FP1 outings for Junior Drivers

This weekend in FP1 we have a few of Formula 2 drivers making an appearance in Formula 1’s First Free Practice session.

Isack Hadjar will return to drive for Red Bull Racing, jumping into Sergio Perez’s car. He made two FP1 appearances in 2023 – one for AlphaTauri (now RB) in Mexico, and one for Red Bull in Abu Dhabi. Williams Junior Franco Colapinto will be with the British team. The MP Motorsport driver is 5th in the standings and enjoyed a Feature Race podium last time out in Austria. Oliver Bearman who’s already been confirmed to drive for Haas in 2025 will be making another Practice appearance for the team. Alpine reserve driver Jack Doohan will drive Pierre Gasly’s car in FP1 this weekend.

Timings and Where to Watch

You can watch all the sessions live in India on Fancode or F1TV. Full schedule of the weekend in IST is given below:

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