FIA Formula 2 heads to Jeddah Corniche Circuit for the final act 2021

FIA Formula 2 heads to Jeddah Corniche Circuit for the final act 2021

02.12.2021: FIA FORMULA 2 Championship Jeddah Corniche Circuit 3-5 December 2021 Itís curtains up on the final act of the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship; a highly anticipated double-header that will see the field contest the brand-new Jeddah Corniche Circui

FIA FORMULA 2 Championship
Jeddah Corniche Circuit
3-5 December 2021



It’s curtains up on the final act of the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship; a highly anticipated double-header that will see the field contest the brand-new Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia this weekend before heading to Yas Marina Circuit for the final round of the season in just over seven days.


Oscar Piastri’s string of poles continued last time out at the Sochi Autodrom, with the PREMA Racing rookie sealing a third successive pole position, making him the first driver to do so since George Russell and Alex Albon in their 2018 Championship campaign.


Piastri once again denied Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala of a pole, dropping the Red Bull Junior to P2 for the second time in as many rounds, with a margin of just 0.188s.


Carlin’s Dan Ticktum skilfully navigated drying conditions to convert reverse grid pole to victory in Sprint Race 1, after torrential rain on Saturday morning caused a delay to the first outing of the weekend and Sprint Race 2 to be cancelled. Ticktum sustained pressure early in the race from Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips, but with only one dry line, opportunities to overtake were few and far between and the Estonian driver had to settle for second at the chequered flag.


Meanwhile, PREMA Racing’s Robert Shwartzman enjoyed a strong performance in front of his home crowd, taking the final podium position. It was a trickier race for the Russian’s teammate with Piastri, who started 10th, only able to make up one position to P9. The Aussie’s main title rival, Guanyu Zhou, also finished outside of the points after a spin on the lap to the grid meant he was unable to take the start.


After disappointment on Saturday, Piastri claimed his second consecutive Feature Race win and extended his lead in the Drivers’ standings with a commanding drive on Sunday afternoon. The Alpine junior retained his lead off the line.


Meanwhile, ART Grand Prix’s Théo Pourchaire lunged into P2 ahead of Daruvala. A fast-starting Ralph Boschung then quickly dropped the Carlin driver to fourth. Pourchaire briefly moved ahead of the Piastri after pitting a lap later than the PREMA driver, but the championship leader swiftly regained the net lead before storming to his second Feature Race victory of the season.


Pourchaire came home second, picking up his third podium of the campaign, while late drama saw a retirement for Boschung handing the final position on the rostrum to Daruvala. Championship-contender Zhou crossed the line in 6th, picking up eight points in the process.


Clément Novalak makes his Formula 2 debut this weekend, replacing Lirim Zendeli at MP Motorsport for the final two rounds of the season. Novalak graduates from Formula 3 after finishing 3rd with Trident in the 2021 campaign, collecting four podium finishes and helping to seal the Teams’ Championship for the Italian outfit.


Joining Novalak at the Dutch outfit is Jack Doohan, who takes steps into car #11 in place of Richard Verschoor. The young Red Bull Junior finished the 2021 Formula 3 season as vice-Champion, having raced alongside Novalak at Trident.



Meanwhile, Olli Caldwell steps into car #20 at Campos Racing, replacing David Beckmann. The young Briton graduates from PREMA Racing’s Formula 3 team, having finished 8th and claiming a win, and a further three podiums in the most recent campaign.


The fourth Formula 3 graduate stepping up to the second tier this weekend is Williams Academy Driver Logan Sargeant. In 2021 Sargeant led Charouz Racing System to their highest ever points finish in Formula 3, as well as their first victory in the third tier.




TYRE TALK MARIO ISOLA (PIRELLI HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING) SAYS:




“With the circuit only just being completed, Jeddah represents something of an unknown as there has been little opportunity to collect data in advance. For Formula 2 we’re bringing the P Zero Yellow medium and P Zero Purple supersoft.


As usual, the F2 drivers have six tyre sets in total (four mediums and two supersofts) available for the weekend’s three races. They can use their tyre allocation in any order they like throughout the weekend.


The three Formula 2 races will be taking place at different times of the day and night, with different patterns of track temperature, and this will provide an additional challenge in terms of how the drivers manage their tyres as the weekend evolves – particularly with free practice likely to take place on a ‘green’ and slippery track.”






ALL TIMES LOCAL (GMT +3)


FRIDAY 03 DECEMBER


13:45 Practice Session 45 min.
18:20 Qualifying Session 30 min.



SATURDAY 04 DECEMBER


15:30 Sprint Race 1 20 laps • 45 min. +1 Lap
16:40 Press Conference*
21:40 Sprint Race 2 20 laps • 45 min. +1 Lap


SUNDAY 05 DECEMBER


17:25 Feature Race 28 laps • 60 min. +1 Lap





- Alexa Quintin - photo SMG SAMF

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