Barcelona FIA Formula 2 preview

Barcelona FIA Formula 2 preview

09.05.2019: 2019 Round 3 Preview: Barcelona, Spain All of the vital information ahead of F2's third round of 2019

2019 Round 3 Preview: Barcelona, Spain
 


All of the vital information ahead of F2's third round of 2019
 



The Stakes

   


The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host Round 3 of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship this weekend, two weeks after the second round at Baku, Azerbaijan.
 



Jack Aitken made the podium twice in Round 2 to kick-start his 2019 campaign. Luca Ghiotto had led the Drivers’ Championship going into the weekend and continued to look strong, setting the fastest time during Free Practice before Nobuharu Matsushita grabbed 4 points for qualifying in pole position.




Aitken qualified P8 but battled to P1 in the Feature Race, taking victory over Nyck de Vries and Jordan King, before DAMS’ Nicholas Latifi earned his second win of the young season in the Sprint Race ahead of rookie Juan Manuel Correa and Aitken third.
 


The result saw Latifi leapfrog Ghiotto to lead the Drivers’ Championship at the end of Round 2, the Canadian sitting top of the pile with 62 points ahead of Aitken on 43. The UNI-Virtuosi Racing driver slipped to third with 39 points just a point in front of de Vries; DAMS remain the team to catch with 95 points, Campos Racing behind on 55, UNI-Virtuosi Racing on 50 and ART Grand Prix further behind on 42.
 


Barcelona hosts F2 for Round 3 of the championship, a circuit that the drivers should know well having played host to winter testing. Pirelli is providing Hard and Soft compounds to the teams, and the challenging track has been resurfaced making tyre degradation a possible factor under the Spanish sun in what should be another exciting F2 event.
 




Mario Isola, Pirelli head of F1 and car racing

 
“We’re looking forward to the return of the Formula 2 championship to Europe after four exciting races in Bahrain and Azerbaijan. We’ve seen the skill and talent of the drivers, with tyre strategy playing an integral part.



Barcelona is a track that everybody knows well from testing, and traditionally it’s been quite demanding on tyres, so tyre management and strategy can make a difference. Since being resurfaced last year however, we’ve seen the track begin to evolve and mature again, so it will be interesting to see what type of a difference that makes this weekend.”
 



Season Stats

 


49 The number of points scored by Campos Racing at Baku.


32 Championship leader Nicholas Latifi has led a total of 32 laps so far this season


.
19 The gap between Nicholas Latifi and Jack Aitken at the top of the Driver’s Championship after the opening two rounds.



7 The number of different podium finishers after the Championship’s opening four races.
 





Noteworthy

 


Juan Manuel Correa became the first rookie to stand on the podium this season after finishing second in the Sprint Race at Baku.
 


Four rookie drivers scored points at the Azerbaijan event; Nikita Mazepin, Mick Schumacher, Anthoine Hubert and Correa.
 


Only three rookies are yet to score a point so far this season; Calderon, Mahaveer Raghunathan and Giuliano Alesi.
 


Tatiana Calderon was handed a three-place grid penalty for this week’s Feature Race at Barcelona after causing a collision during the Sprint Race at Baku.
 


The Colombian BWT Arden driver became the first ever woman to lead a race at this level in Round 2.
 


Dutch driver Nyck de Vries finished second in Barcelona’s Feature Race in 2018, between Lando Norris and race winner George Russell who have both since graduated to Formula 1.
 


Jack Aitken won the Sprint Race at Barcelona in 2018.
 


The Campos Racing driver fought from 8th on the grid to win his first ever Feature Race at Baku.
 


Nicholas Latifi has won two of the four races so far this season (Feature Race at Sakhir and Sprint Race at Baku).
 


Six drivers scored in both races in Round 2: DAMS’ Latifi, Sauber Junior Team by Charouz’s Correa, teammates Aitken and Dorian Boccolacci from Campos Racing, ART Grand Prix’s De Vries and PREMA Racing’s Sean Gelael.

 





- Alexa Quintin, photo F2
 


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