Formulation 2 has lengthy been the proving floor for Formulation 1 greats, from Lewis Hamilton to soon-to-be Alpine rookie Oscar Piastri.
The sequence is affected by legends who had been champions of F2, via its varied iterations through the years, many drivers occurring to have memorable careers in F1, thus it’s a sequence that has enormous relevance to the way forward for the game on the highest stage; as a result of that ‘future’ is on show on a number of Grand Prix weekends for all to witness.
Whereas there are a lot of open-wheel sequence happening throughout the globe, a few of the greatest leisure will be present in Formulation 1’s feeder sequence, aptly known as Formulation 2 or F2. That is particularly the case if you’re huge followers of Formulation 1, which I’m certain most of you’re in the event you’re on this website.
Regardless that the drivers’ champion for this 12 months has already been determined (congratulations, Felipe Drugovich), there are nonetheless loads of causes to observe the F2 automobiles lay down the rubber earlier than the F1 grid takes to their slots.
The 2022 season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will happen on the 19-20 November; the second final spherical was at Monza the place Drugovich was topped.
Let’s go over a few of the primary the reason why you need to be watching F2. Why the hype? Learn on to search out out!
A Stage Enjoying Subject
Oftentimes you’ll hear F1 followers complaining in regards to the dominance of a choose few groups over the course of a whole season.
In truth, this was actually the case only a handful of years in the past with Mercedes’ dominance from the beginning of the hybrid period in 2014 till 2020. Even earlier than the beginning of first observe, we already sort of knew who was going to win the championship, not to mention the race!
Formulation 2 differs in that each staff has the very same automotive, so it’s solely as much as the drivers’ uncooked potential to assert the highest spots.
After all, luck nonetheless performs a big function in figuring out the result of a championship, however it’s normally probably the most proficient and quick driver who finally ends up claiming the title.
With each pilot having equal equipment beneath their buttocks, the races are sometimes hard-fought until the bitter finish and also you really by no means know who’s going to win every race. In spite of everything, that’s what we actually wish to see, proper?
Clearly, Formulation 1 ought to be the cream of the crop with regards to proficient drivers, however there isn’t a denying that there are a lot of extremely gifted and completed drivers within the feeder sequence as nicely, some knocking on the door of groups.
The F2 lineup is jam-packed with younger and decided younger drivers who’re raring to show themselves and make their technique to the higher echelons of open-wheel racing.
And they’ll be attempting their damned hardest week in, week out to attain these coveted podiums and victories, even when it means jeopardising their staff or getting concerned within the occasional crash.
This all interprets to extra thrilling races for us to observe! Additionally, let’s not neglect that many present F1 drivers got here from F2 and F3. Charles Leclerc gained the sequence again in 2017, George Russell in 2018 and Mick Schumacher gained the 2020 version.
The Automobiles Sound Wonderful
Maybe lots of us have grown accustomed to the sound that the hybrid engines F1 automobiles make, however it’s certainly not a satisfying exhaust word.
The Dallara F2 2018 at present in use for the F2 Championship has the identical variety of cylinders because the hybrid motors utilized in F1, however has a bigger 3400cc capability and the aural good thing about not having an electrical vitality restoration system strapped to it.
The exhaust pops and bangs on gear shifts, and the engine word is much more guttural and highly effective sounding, regardless of being at the least 300 horsepower down on the F1 engines.
Do you bear in mind the ear-piercing, melodic sounds of F1 automobiles pre-2014? Properly, F2 comes near providing the identical kind of sound symphony.
[Editor’s Note: James Fiorucci has joined our team of writers as of this post; a young and enthusiastic motorsport aficionado with a keen eye on all things F1 and, fittingly for our site and its readers, into F2 as this piece suggests. So he will keep an eye on the F1 wannabe series for us, and also provide features and insights on F1 when time permits. Welcome on board James. Happy writing! James writes his own blog The F1 Scoop.]