As the 2019 season dawns on the sands of Bahrain, let’s have a look at the who’s who of Formula 2.
With the return of Formula 1, the racing season is now well and truly underway. Not to say we haven’t been completely devoid of racing – there’s also Formula E, IndyCar and WEC. Keeping up to speed on all of these series’ can be overwhelming. But I’ll give you a tip: if you want to know the racing stars of tomorrow, then Formula 2 is the series for you. Formula 2 returns this Saturday at the Bahrain Grand Prix. And here’s a run-down of who’s competing as we enter our 3rd year of GP2’s current incarnation.
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Nyck de Vries will be hungry to hunt the championship, following on from a strong season last year finishing 4th. He finished behind now Formula 1 drivers George Russell, Lando Norris and Alex Albon. The Dutch man was consistently strong in the Pre-Season testing. De Vries was almost constantly topping the time sheets in Jerez de la Frontera and in Barcelona. His teammate, Nikita Mazepin, is one of the many rookies joining the grid this season. Mazepin was last year’s runner up in the 2018 GP3 Series and will round off the ART Grand Prix team.
Rookie Mick Schumacher is a driver who’s been the talk of the paddock. Schumacher finished last year’s Formula 3 European Championship in triumphant fashion. And this week both Ferrari and Alfa Romeo have announced the son of the 7-time Formula 1 World Champion for their rookie test days on April 2nd and 3rd. With all this hype surrounding him, Schumacher will surely be looking to impress this season. Schumacher’s teammate is Sean Gelael, who is a test driver for Toro Rosso, completes the Prema line-up and will bring his experience to the team.
Tatiana Calderón is another rookie who is making waves. Last year Calderón completed her first tests for the Sauber Formula 1 team (now Alfa Romeo Racing), and is their current test driver. Last December, Calderón also tested the Techeetah DS E-TENSE FE19 electric car for the first Formula E test in Ad Diriyah. Since the series’ current incarnation, Calderón is the first woman driver to reach Formula 2, driving for BWT Arden. Calderón’s teammate and fellow rookie, Anthonie Hubert, is current GP3 series champion from 2018.
There has also been a lot of shuffling around the teams this year. Returning to the field are Louis Delétraz and Nobuharu Matsushita for Carlin, Sérgio Sette Câmara and Nicholas Latifi for DAMS, and Jack Aitken and Dorian Boccolacci for Campos Racing. Also returning is Luca Ghiotto and Callum Ilott. Illot has also been announced for a rookie test with Alfa Romeo. Jordan King and Ralph Boschung complete the list of veterans. The new kids on the block are Guanyu Zhou, Juan Manuel Correa, Mahaveer Raghunathan, and Giuliano Alesi.
There’s no telling who could be up on top come free practice and qualifying. All the same cars, but very different drivers each with their unique styles is sure to make this a season worth watching. Coverage starts this Friday with practice starting at 11:30AM local time.