Tuesday, April 23, 2019

2019 Formula 2 Season Set to be Another Hotly Contested Campaign

Now if only my Internetz' would Quit saying Server Not Found!

Was trying to look-up who'd won the season opening FIA Formula 2 Feature Race in Bahrain late Saturday Nite', (March 30th) since it's another of the myriad 'O Motor Racing Series NOT Available on Thy Stateside's Mainstream "Linear" TV; But I Digress...

As All the talk, or Hype surrounding this year's F2 Championship seemingly revolved round Mick Schumacher, son of some Dude known here at No Fenders as 'DER TERMINATOR, nee Michael Schumacher.

As Mick has been appointed to the Ferrari Driver Academy this year, along with being nominated to make his Formula 1 Debut at the Post Bahrain Grand Prix test. First driving for la Scuderia, on Tuesday, and then Alfa Romeo the following day.

Underneath the FIA F2's Big-top...
Won't bother chronicling all ten teams and twenty drivers competing this year, for which Thars' seven rookies in the field, with Drivers representing 14 Nations including  a lone Femme Fatale. As Columbian Tatiana Calderón eschews racing in the much Hyped Women's series.. in favour of hopefully advancing to Formula 1 one day.

With Tatiana having subsequently been confirmed as Alfa Romeo Racing's Test Driver again this season, for the second year in-a-row...

Two new teams join the grid, albeit rebranded entities. With  Russian Time Racing having sold its Assets to Virtuosi Racing, who currently ran the team and now races as UNI Virtuosi Racing.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz was formerly known as Charouz Racing Systems - and appears to effectively still be managed by the Czech Republic Flagged Squad.

Reportedly the Sauber name is in conjunction with the current entity owning the Sauber F1; Err Alfa Romeo Formula 1 Operation, i.e.; Sauber Motorsport AG and is not "Cough-Cough," Affiliated with Alfa Romeo Racing, which seems a bit Odd? Especially since Calderon and fellow F2 competitor Juan Manuel Correa have been signed to auxiliary roles with the Formula 1 outfit.

Thee Big Four?
As last year's Big 3, i.e.;
ART Grand Prix, Carlin and DAMS who's drivers finished 1-2-3 Overall last season, All graduated to Formula 1.

With George Russell winning the title for ART Grand Prix, landing at the woeful Team Willy', aka Williams as a Mercedes Junior Driver.

Lando Norris, now racing for McLaren finished Runner-up while helping Carling win the Teams title. And  Alexander Albon, who finished third in F2 with DAMS, now drives for Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda.

Carlin sports an all new lineup this year with Louis Deletraz, son of former F1 racer Jean-Louis Deletraz sporting the team's No. 1 plate. And Nobuharu Matsushita, who'd naturally like to drive for his Home Country's engine manufacturer Honda in Formula 1.

ART Grand Prix features "Dutchie" Nyck de Vries from the Netherlands, hoping to emulate fellow Niederlander' "Maximus Hothead's" (Max Verstappen) career trajectory to Thee Pinnacle 'O Motor Racing. With Russia's Nikita Mazepin as team-mate.

Oh KanaDuh's Nicholas Latifi won the season opening F2 Feature Race in Bahrain for DAMS, and is partnered by Sergio Sette Camara, who's currently also McLaren's Development Driver.

  Meanwhile, certainly many "Eyes" will be focused squarely upon Prema Racing, who finished a disappointing fifth last year. But have a Rookie with the Sir-name of Schumacher competing for them. While Indonesia's  Sean Gelael won't wish to toil in Mick's shadow...

Yeah, I'm easily swayed, but really enjoyed his demeanour during his brief cameo in Sky Sports Commentary Box during Friday's (Free Practice) FP2 session Down Under in Bloody Melbourne, Mates!

Thus, Jack, Not Chet; Hya! Aitken, as I thought up that Oh, So Clever bitamyte 'O Humour over Johnny Herbert having trouble pronouncing his last name, bungling it round 'N making me think of him pronouncing it a la Thee "Country Gentleman," aka Chet Atkins; Hya!

AnyHoo, Aitken's become my personal favourite for this year's FIA F2 championship, whilst another Driver's name surprised Mwah when reading the 2019 Formula 2 Preview.

Since I know the name Jordan King from his racing in Indy Cars for Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) Twisties' portion of the 2018 IndyCar calendar, nee Road Courses & Street Circuits, I was surprised that he'd returned to F2. Although perhaps because he couldn't find his desired Fulltime Ride in Indy Cars, Eh?

King finished P8 in the Bahrain F2 Sprint Race, securing a point for doing so, and will also contest this year's Indianapolis 500 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Hence, he'll be pulling a "Fernando," by foregoing his "Day Job's" weekend's Monaco Formula 2 rounds in favour of racing at Mother Speedway.

Italy's Luca Ghiotto, driving for UNI Virtuosi Racing won the Bahrain Round 2's Sprint Race by pitting to change tyres, enabling him to run down the leaders who opted to not stop during the race. And could be a Dark Horse title Contendah'.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz has two interesting Drivers in its cars, including Ecuadorian born American racer Juan Manuel Correa, who competes under a United States racing license. Whilst Correa's team-mate Brit' Callum Ilott is one of three current Ferrari Driver Academy members racing in Formula 2.

And lastly, since this Yarn's gone way past thou end of its Roll... Speaking 'O Ferrari Driver Academy members, the third member of this year's trio also sports a famous last name, as in Alesi.

Yep, Giuliano Alesi, racing for Trident is indeed son of former Ferrari Formula 1 Pilote Jean Alesi, who's scored four W's in GP3 before graduating to F2 this year.

As too Bad we Won't get to See any of these Rising Stars on Stateside TV...