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FORMULA 2 DRIVER REVIEW

AS WE HEAD TO THE FINAL TWO ROUNDS OF THE FIA FORMULA 2 CHAMPIONSHIP, WHO HAS IMPRESSED AND WHO HAS BEEN  DISAPPOINTING?

We have been treated this year to the first year of the newly rebranded Formula 2 but there have been many stand out drivers for good and bad reasons. Here, I am going to rate some Formula 2 drivers so far out of 10. If you disagree, make sure you let us know down in the comments.

Charles Leclerc- PREMA

Charles Leclerc has been by far the driver of the season! Last year, he competed in his first year of GP3 and won the championship by 25 points. This year was his debut in Formula 2 and he has dominated it. Leclerc leads the championship by 59 points from Oliver Rowland and has taken pole eight times this season! Due to this outstanding form, he has earned four practice sessions with Sauber for the remainder of the 2017 season. Surely he will be in Formula 1 next year. Rating: 10/10

Antonio Fuoco- PREMA

Antonio Fuoco joined PREMA with Charles Leclerc at the start of the season but he has been struggling a lot compared to his teammate. The Italian lies ninth in the championship 141 points with only four podiums to his name this season. However, three of these podiums have come in the last four races including his maiden win in the Italian feature race. These last two races are a chance to prove that Fuoco deserves another shot at PREMA next year. Rating: 6.5/10

Oliver Rowland- DAMS

Oliver Rowland has had a very good season so far for DAMS and if it wasn’t for the wonders of Charles Leclerc, then everyone would be talking about this guy. Rowland has taken two wins around Monaco and Hungary along with eight podiums to his name which as a result, puts him second in the drivers standings. The title is most likely out of reach but if he can take a couple of victories for the remainder of the season, he should be proud of his season. Rating: 9/10

Nicholas Latifi- DAMS

Nicholas Latifi has shown much better form compared to last year with one win in Silverstone along with seven podiums meaning that the Canadian is fifth in the standings and still has a chance to get second. He has 109 more points than last season even with two rounds left so Latifi should be happy with his season. Latifi has been overshadowed by Rowland but a good season nevertheless for the DAMS drivers so far. Rating: 8.5/10

Artem Markelov- RUSSIAN TIME

This is Markelov’s fourth season with Russian Time and he just gets better every year. In 2014, he grabbed his first points, in 2015, he grabbed his first podium and in 2016, he grabbed his first win. This year, he already has three wins to his name and should’ve had a fourth if he didn’t crash out at Hungary. The Russian lies third in the standings and still mathematically has a shot at winning the title. Next year could be big for Markelov… Rating: 9/10

Luca Ghiotto- RUSSIAN TIME

Luca Ghiotto has been very consistent this season only finishing out of the points in two races out of a total of eighteen so far! However it took him to Monza to grab his first win of the year. He thought he won the feature race but it was taken away from him but Ghiotto bounced back and won the sprint race to make up for the feature race disappointment. Ghiotto is only two points behind teammate Artem Markelov so this will be a good battle to look out for the remainder of the season. Rating: 8.5/10

Nyck De Vries- Rapax/Racing Engineering

Nyck De Vries has had a promising debut season so far. The Dutchman took his first and only win around the streets of Monte Carlo. He took a double podium finish around Hungary and after that round, it was announced that he would move from Rapax to Racing Engineering. He immediately made an impact and took a podium around Spa and should’ve had a better result around Monza if it wasn’t for contact with Charles Leclerc. I seriously think he will be a strong contender for next seasons championship. Rating: 8/10

Louis Deletraz- Racing Engineering/Rapax

Deletraz was part of the swap deal with Nyck De Vries and was best for both parties. Deletraz only took one point with Racing Engineering but took a strong fourth place around Monza and seems to be more comfortable at Rapax. The next two rounds are crucial for Deletraz and he seems to have some momentum heading into Jerez. Rating: 6/10

 

 

 

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