Weekend Guide: Formula 2’s season finale

November 22nd, 2022 by

*Photography by James Gasperotti

Weekend Guide: Formula 2’s season finale

The FIA Formula 2 Championship roars back into life on the F1 support bill this weekend, as the series’ 11 teams and 22 drivers prepare to do battle on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.

Among them will be Step One Motorsports ambassador, Juan Manuel Correa, who returns to the F2 paddock for the first time since 2019 – three years on since his life-threatening accident at Spa.

Driving alongside Amaury Cordeel, JM will race for the world-renowned Van Amersfoort Racing team, who have powered multiple drivers to success, including two-time F1 champion Max Verstappen.

With two races on the schedule, six trophies for the taking, and a maximum of 39 points up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about Formula 2.

 

What is Formula 2?

Formula 2 is one of the most competitive single-make motorsports series in the world, and typically marks a young racing driver’s final stop on the road to Formula One.

It was launched in 2017 after previously being known as the GP2 Series and has delivered six champions so far – Charles Leclerc, George Russell, Nyck de Vries, Mick Schumacher, Oscar Piastri, and most recently, Felipe Drugovich.

Because F2 races on F1 weekends, the championship presents a key opportunity for drivers to test their mettle on the world stage and many have gone on to race in motorsports’ premier category.

What is the car like?

Because Formula 2 is only one category shy of Formula One, its cars are fast and are far quicker than anything else on the junior single-seater scene.

The chassis is built by Dallara and is propelled by a 3.4-liter turbocharged V6 Mecachrome engine.

With 620 horsepower, the car can accelerate from zero to 60mph in only 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 208mph when racing on the fastest circuits.

Crucially, all cars are identical and because of this, the wheel-to-wheel action is always close, and sometimes, completely unpredictable.

 

What has happened so far this season?

Formula 2’s sixth season has been one of its best to date and in 26 races so far, the series has produced 12 different race winners and a total of 16 different podium finishers.

The fight for the Drivers’ Championship was a season-long contest between Drugovich and French racer Théo Pourchaire, although, with a dominant and consistent campaign, Drugovich won the title at Monza.

The final race weekend of the season presents an opportunity for old scores to be settled and with nine drivers in contention, the battle for third in points is still far from over.

What is the format for Abu Dhabi?

The season finale follows the same format as every earlier weekend. Two races will be held across Saturday and Sunday, but track action commences on Friday with practice.

After 45 minutes of practice, drivers will complete qualifying later in the day and the results from this session will set the grid for Sunday’s Feature Race.

Before the flagship event, however, the top 10 on the grid will be reversed for Saturday’s Sprint Race which is held over a shorter distance but still packs a punch.

In the Sprint, the top eight finishers are awarded points on a scale of 10, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1.

In the Feature Race, the top 10 receive points, with the winner receiving 25 and the 10th-placed driver receiving 1.

Two points are also awarded to the fastest driver in qualifying, and one further point is allocated to the driver with the fastest lap time inside the top 10 in both races.

 

When are the races?

After qualifying on Friday, drivers will take to the track at 16:20 local time on Saturday for the Sprint Race. The Sprint typically lasts for 45 minutes and is run over a distance of 120 kilometers.

Sunday’s Feature Race is run over 170 kilometers and lasts for 60 minutes and will start at 13:00 local time.

 

Where can I watch JM in action?

For full broadcast information, click here.