There are thousands of drivers who are all racing in junior formula with a hope of one day joining Formula One. Here at Divebomb 6 of us have chosen who we think is the best young driver from the countries we live in.
While there are only 20 seats in Formula One, there is always new talent coming into the sport. These new drivers tend to come from Formula Two and Three, otherwise known as Feeder Series. While they race on the same tracks as F1, Formulas 2 and 3 use more conventional single seaters with considerably less powerful engines.
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Zhou reaffirms his grip on the championship
With F1 sprint giving us plenty of action yesterday afternoon, it’s back to F2 this morning for the 3rd and final race of the weekend; the feature race. Where the 22 drivers have the opportunity to get the maximum points and help their championship hopes.
Written by Olly Radley, Editted by Haneen Abbas
On the grid, is Oscar Piastri, the new championship leader who starts from pole after going fastest in friday’s qualifying session ahead of his fellow Alpine-youngster, Guanyu Zhou who he overtook for the championship lead. Behind them on the 2nd row is Sprint Race 2 winner, Richard Verschoor, who will be hoping to take another podium this weekend, ahead of home hero, Dan Ticktum who can enter the championship fight with a good result. 2nd place in the championship, Robert Shwartzman starts 7th and the underdog in the championship battle, Juri Vips starts from 9th. All of the top 10, bar Juri Vips, started on softer tyres – pitting onto hards later on.
Off the line it was Guanyu Zhou who made the best getaway, promoting himself to the lead before he reached Abbey corner, Piastri just slotted in behind his diffuser patiently. Dan Ticktum snuck past Verschoor for 3rd.
Early on, all drivers seemed to struggle on their option-tyres; come Lap 6, Dan Ticktum made the move and pit for the hard tyres, which Shwartzman did too. Despite this, race leader Guanyu Zhou reported no issues at all: a total contrast to his competitors. That same lap, Osar Piastri also dived into the lane for a fresh set of hard-tyres. While pitting for new tyres is a reward in the long-run, the initial penalty is the tyre warmup, which Piastri felt the force of, losing position to Ticktum on his cold tyres. Come Lap 8 and Zhou did pit, coming out of the pits comfortably ahead of Ticktum, who had safely conquered Piastri for net-2nd place. Christian Lundgaard’s woeful season got even more woeful as a bizarre pit incident saw his tyre pop-off his car as he exited his pit box. This unsafe release warranted Lundgaard a 10-second stop-go penalty. Juri Vips, who started on the alternate strategy, finally pit on Lap 18.
It wasn’t a particularly eventful morning for Zhou, but I’m sure he’ll be very happy with the result as he takes his 3rd win of the season and reasserts his grip on the Formula 2 championship. Ticktum came 2nd infront of the adoring British crowd and Piastri held off the charge of Verschoor to take 3rd and remain in the lead of the championship. Piastri defended very hard and then cut corners in his desperate efforts to remain ahead of Verschoor.
Uni-Virtuosi will be very happy with their weekend coming 1st and 6th, taking 33 points back to Norfolk, a result they’ll be very chuffed with. Their Italian rivals lost out to them today, coming 3rd and 5th, taking only 25 points. Good points for MP Motorsport too, with Verschoor 4th and Zendeli 9th, meaning a solid 14 point haul for the Dutch team just from today, as well as Verschoor’s 15 for his win yesterday.
Piastri is now only 1 point ahead of Zhou in the championship on 104 points compared to Zhou’s 103. In 3rd now is Shwartzman with 91 points ahead of Ticktum, who now carries 89 points in 4th. Vips tried the alternate strategy, and finished 7th putting him in 5th with 85 points.
That’s it for F2 for quite a while now, next up: Monza, in a quick 54 days. I’m sure it’ll fly by but goodbye for now.
Richard Verschoor masterclass in Sprint Race 2
Before the action we’re sure to get from F1 sprint qualifying, we have another Formula 2 race, the 2nd of the 3 this weekend. The first race this morning gave us a big shift in the championship after the championship leader Guanyu Zhou dropped down to 3rd overall behind the 2 Premas.
Written by Olly Radley, Edited by Morgan Holiday
For the second race, Richard Vershoor starts from pole having made a risky pitstop during the first race to progress up to 10th and take pole for this afternoon’s affair. Behind him is Marcus Armstrong who took a solid 9th finish earlier. Dan Ticktum, the home hero, starts from 3rd and he will be desperate to take victory at home like he did last year in 2020. The new championship leader, Oscar Piastri starts from 5th with an opportunity to really extend his lead with his rivals starting from 9th, 10th and 22nd.
So far this season, Christian Lundgaard has had a torrid time of things, with very few points finishes, a win robbed by an issue at Monaco and today his year got even worse, stalling on the grid as the formation lap began. He did eventually start the race, albeit from the pits and the back of the pack.
As the 5 lights went out there wasn’t much movement up and down the order. In and around the Top 5, Lawson and Piastri were attacking and defending hard for the early positions as well as Vips and Drugovich behind them, all battling for an early advantage. Further back we had a big smash through the loop, causing Boschung and Deledda to retire. Boschung had to go onto the grass to avoid his teammate who jerked to the right, this move caused Boschung to spin around his car then rolled backwards towards the apex where Deledda unfortunately couldn’t avoid the pirouetting Swissman.
The Safety Car was required and quickly deployed to move the 2 totalled cars and stayed out for 3 laps, giving the brilliant Silverstone marshals enough time to clear the cars and debris.
Another incident later on in the race involving Jehan Daruvala and Bent Viscaal beached Viscaal’s Trident Car at Stowe. Daruvala, who is backed by Red Bull, had to fix oversteer mid-corner as they were side by side; the Indian punting Viscaal into the gravel trap, which earned Daruvala a broken front wing and a 10-second time penalty.
Throughout the race, Lawson and Piastri, 2 rookies, battled very fiercely for 4th right from the off, which carried on until Lap 18. Piastri had to have a few attempts at nabbing the place from his fellow Oceanian, but come Lap 18 he utilised DRS well to overtake Lawson into Brooklands corner, and then get away from the Red Bull junior.
Going into the final corner to start his final lap, Robert Shwartzman executed a perfect pirouette that cost him points and positions, similar to what Callum Ilott did the year prior that cost him a win at home.
By the time the 21st lap came and the chequered flag was waved over the ‘Hamilton Straight’, Verschoor was in the lead like he had been all race, a brilliant master class victory from the Dutchman to take his first F2 victory and 15 points towards his championship. Marcus Armstrong gets his first F2 podium since Styria 2020 as he comes home 2nd, ahead of Ticktum who will feel bitter-sweet about his 3rd place finish, I’m sure he would’ve hoped for the win but 3rd is a podium nonetheless. Piastri came home 4th to take 8 points, but there were no points for his teammate Shwartzman. Guanyu Zhou, who started last, seemed to be making good progress, moving up to 13th by Lap 8, but by the end of the race, he only managed 12th so no points for the Uni-Virtuosi driver, dropping him further down the championship order.
We have just one more F2 race this weekend, tomorrow morning, but today the F2 action has acted as an entertaining undercard for the main event, F1 Sprint Qualifying later this afternoon. Bye for now.
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Woman Crush Wednesdays: The Al Qubaisi Sisters
The Emirati duo of Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi have turned heads and continue to do so for all the right reasons. The talented sisters are much needed representation for young girls in the field of motorsport.
Written and edited by Tanishka Vashee, Bruna Brito and Esmée Koppius
Khaled Al Qubaisi is definitely one of the most stellar and well respected figures in UAE when we talk about motorsport. He has won at the Dubai 24 Hour thrice, the Yas Marina 12 Hour and finished on the podium in the 2014 edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Without a doubt, the girls are carrying forward his legacy in racing and are doing so very admirably. Amna participates in F3 Championships while her younger sister Hamda is part of Prema Racing’s F4 team.
Amna broke into the world of single seater racing in 2018, becoming the first Emirati female driver to do so. She took part in the Italian F4 with Prema Racing and also tested a Formula E car at the first ever Ad Diriyah ePrix. She also won a non championship F4 race in Abu Dhabi.
Hamda too, has worked her way up to the single seater series after Karting, she made her Italian F4 debut in 2019, starting mid season. She returned to race in the UAE F4 series and won three races, got 12 podiums and 6 fastest race laps.
In 2021, it was announced that she would be joining Prema racing for all her F4 stints. She would be racing in the Italian F4 series as well as a few rounds of the German ADAC series. Hamda made history by becoming the first female ever to have stepped on the podium of an Italian F4 race.
The duo have a lot of talent and are still in the early stages of their racing careers, we can’t wait to see the feats they achieve in the world of motorsport! We, at Divebomb wish them good luck and lots of success for the future!
will be making his F1 debut during the FP1. He will be taking Fernando Alonso’s Alpine for a drive around the Red Bull Ring.
He has been part of the Alpine driver academy since 2019 and worked his way up from development to test driver. He is in his third season of F2 with UNI-Virtuosi racing, has won at Monaco- one of the most fabled venues in the history of motorsport, and is creating great strides towards racing full time at Formula One. On the verge of creating history, our founder Sage sat down for an interview with Zhou.
Read on as Zhou talks about his inspirations, influences, words of advice, the win at Monaco and his F1 debut at Austria
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