Zhou and Piastri begin F2 title climax in Jeddah

Zhou and Piastri begin F2 title climax in Jeddah

01.12.2021: Alpine Academy trio Guanyu Zhou, Oscar Piastri and Christian Lundgaard head to Jeddah to begin the climax to the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship fight. With two rounds left of the championship, the title looks set to go to either Oscar or Zhou who


Alpine Academy trio Guanyu Zhou, Oscar Piastri and Christian Lundgaard head to Jeddah to begin the climax to the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship fight.



With two rounds left of the championship, the title looks set to go to either Oscar or Zhou who both have their futures confirmed in Formula 1 for next year. Meanwhile Christian will look to finish his season strongly with ART Grand Prix before embarking on his maiden campaign in IndyCar next year.




At the last round in Russia, Oscar cemented his lead in the Drivers’ Championship by taking victory in the Feature Race. Zhou battled back to finish sixth, after spinning out earlier in the weekend. Christian meanwhile achieved two points finishes from two races in Sochi.




Described by the Alpine Academy drivers as “Silverstone with barriers” and “a faster Monaco”, it’s over to Zhou or Oscar to conquer the Jeddah Corniche Circuit and in turn place one hand on the Formula 2 title.




Oscar Piastri:
“I’m looking forward to getting back to racing. It’s been a long break for us in F2 since Sochi. It’ll be nice to get back on track firstly. It’s a new track for everybody. It looks very unique, there isn’t really a circuit like it.

It’s a street circuit but extremely high speed with some elements that are reminiscent of Silverstone. It should be an exciting weekend in terms of learning a new track. I think the track will be very difficult.


In terms of racing I don’t know how good it will be for overtaking. We’ve got two rounds back-to-back now. I have one goal in mind, which is the championship. Prema and I will make sure that we come out of the gates strong.”




Guanyu Zhou:
“It’s been a while since we’ve had a Formula 2 race weekend so it’s very exciting to have back-to-back race weekends to end the season.


I’ve already driven the track in the simulator. It feels to me like a faster Monaco or a Silverstone with barriers. Very cool, especially in qualifying where we can race under the lights. It’s a new challenge for everyone”.





Christian Lundgaard:
“I’m looking forward to it. I did a few days in the simulator at home on the F1 game. It’s very fast. The track limits that apply to us will be interesting to see as we follow the F1 and the F2 break. There’s been a lot of discussion on track limits and close battling.



It will be interesting to see how they will tackle that at Jeddah. From my own perspective, considering how the season has gone so far, we have nothing to lose. We have the last two races of the season coming up. My future is secured.


What’s not to like? I think the track will probably be a bit of a Baku-lookalike, a high-speed city circuit with fast corners. A tricky track for sure. The walls are close which is always exciting. I’m pumped!”






- Alpine - photos Formula Motorsport Ltd

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