2022 Team Driver and Predictions

2022 Team Driver and Predictions

L.A Wilshaw @1_LA (Twitter) 

Team Champions

I think PREMA will edge it again this season. With the calm, and centered experience of Jehan Daruvala, and Formula 3 Champion, Dennis Hauger alongside, this duo could potentially collect enough points between them to blow every other season’s total out of the water.

Driver Champion

I have a very good feeling this year will produce two stand-out drivers; Dennis Hauger and Théo Pourchaire. But because of a full year of F2 racing (plus the tail end of 2020), I feel this is Théo’s year. He has a glint in his eye, and the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on a racing driver. With a pretty handy ART car underneath him, the Frenchman has exactly what it takes to become a Formula 2 Champion, and in my opinion, a multi-Formula 1 World Champion.

 

Ryan Schwartz

Team Champions

Prema has been the dominant team for the past few seasons and I believe with their experience and driver lineup, they should be able to continue that success with another title this year.

Driver Champion

My pick for this year’s title is Jack Doohan. He put together a strong F3 campaign and slotted into the F2 car comfortably at the end of last season and could be the surprise for 2022. The experienced Felipe Drugovich and Liam Lawson will also be hungry to taste that title success.

Ed Spencer @EdSpencer99 (Twitter)

Team Champions

Although PREMA look set to be odds on favourites to complete a hat-trick of team’s championship, I fancy a changing of the guard this year as my prediction for the team’s championship is Carlin. The famed British outfit has always been in the hunt for the title since they entered Formula 2 in 2018. With a driver lineup consisting of the Red Bull backed DTM runner up Liam Lawson, and the rapid American rookie Logan Sargeant, Carlin could be the team that ends PREMA’s two-year reign at the top.

Driver Champion

In a field that is chocked full of talent, one man shines above everyone, and that is French sensation Theo Pourchaire. His rookie season may have been slightly overshadowed by Formula 3 adversary Oscar Piastri’s dominance on the 2021 championship, but that is not to say that Pourchaire’s rookie campaign was a disappointment which included a Sprint race win at Monza and a masterful performance on the streets of Monte Carlo to win the Feature race. Of course, he won’t have it all his own way, and he might not be in the strongest car, but for me, at least Pourchaire looks a good bet to become champion providing that he avoids the dreaded second-year slump.

 

Laurence Griffin @LaurenceGriffF1 (Twitter)

Team Champions

It is hard to look past PREMA this year. Last year’s champions are unlikely to drop the ball, and in Hauger and Daruvala they have one of the most exciting young drivers around and an experienced pair of hands who is growing in confidence and consistency.

Driver Champion

Théo Pourchaire is my pick for driver’s champion. He is the highest-placed returning driver from last season, remains in the same team and had some standout performances as a rookie in F2. With his natural talent – as displayed in Monaco last year – and a year of experience under his belt, fully embedded into ART, he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Filiberto Geoni @fixy7 (Twitter)

Team Champions

Prema, Carlin and ART have the most complete line-ups, with a rookie and an experienced driver each. ART have recently preferred to concentrate their efforts behind a single driver; Carlin and Prema might go neck-and-neck for the whole season, but I expect Prema to come out on top owing to their experience.

Driver Champion

Lawson and Pourchaire are my top picks for the title, and each has a team ready to back them completely. As Hauger is a rookie and Daruvala’s past seasons don’t seem to hint at him beating any of the previous drivers, the Prema duo might be closely matched and actually take points off each other. Lawson could be the one benefitting from it, with Hauger and Pourchaire pushing him till the final races.


Fraser Ford @_fraserford1 (insta & twitter)

Team Champions

It is going to be a strongly fought battle between reigning champions Prema, Carlin, and ART, but the experience of Liam Lawson and the raw speed of Logan Sargeant makes Carlin the favorites for me! 

Driver Champion

There are some really strong candidates this year, and overall I think we have one of the strongest grids we have seen in the new Formula 2 era. I think Lawson, Daruvala, Hauger, and Vips could all be strong candidates, but for me Theo Pourchaire will build on a solid debut season to win the title in 2022, bagging himself an F1 seat for 2023 in the process.

 

Jenny Craig @jenny_craig43 (Twitter)

Team Champions

PREMA has a perfect combination to push for a third year as champions. They have a consistently quick driver in Daruvala who will be eager to prove himself going into his third season. Along with Hauger who showed his impressive talent through his F3 championship last year.

Driver Champion

As champion, I’m going to pick Logan Sargeant. He has shown through his three years in Formula 3 that he is able to compete to the car’s best ability and I think with help from Carlin, he can have a stand-out season in 2022.

 

Luke-John Buckle @Luke_Buckle1 (Twitter)

Team Champions

ART has a formidable driver lineup in 2022, Théo Pourchaire showed incredible speed last year winning at Monaco. The ultra-quick Frederik Vesti should also help the French outfit challenge for the title as he steps up from FIA F3.

Driver Champion

Jüri Vips is my pick for the title. The Estonians performed admirably amongst some stiff competition last year. He could go all the way in 2022 benefiting from an extra year of experience and bags of raw speed.

 

Thomas Howatt @thomashowatt (Instagram)

Team Champions

I believe it will be a season-long battle between PREMA and Carlin. Driver line-ups for both teams are strong and while also taking into account previous form, should be close. However, I will go for previous champs, PREMA, as they are the current dominant force. 

Driver Champion

Theo Pourchaire is the stand out driver for me having witnessed him first hand at Monaco last year. However, I’m not convinced ART can deliver for him. For 22 Champ, I will go for Liam Lawson.

 

Zoë Gray – @zoee_grayy (Insta)

Team Champions

This year I’m going for Carlin. I rate their lineup strongly and think that this year will come good with them – especially as in the past they’ve been a strong consistent team. And with Liam and Logan at the wheel, I’m hoping this’ll be the combination that gets Carlin their second team’s title.

Drivers Champion

Based on last year, I think Theo Pourchaire goes in as the favorite – and he’s who I’m backing for success. Already a race winner and polesitter, he’ll be hungry to build upon his 2021 successes, and I think this year might just be the magic year for Theo.

 

Aisha Daulay @aishadaulay (Instagram)

Team Champions

PREMA will bag another championship title, looking back at how successful the Italian team has been over the past years in Formula 2. They also have a strong lineup with the FIA Formula 3 reigning champion Dennis Hauger and Jehan Daruvala with enough experience on the series, making them a good pairing for the team to deliver good results.

Driver Champion

Theo Pourchaire is my top pick for the championship title this season. Based on his impressive performances as a rookie last year, I think he’s very capable of winning, and ART also has the power to make that dream a reality.

 

Carla Peniston 

Team Champions

PREMA. Reigning champions who have won a few F2 Championships and finished 1st with almost double points compared to their nearest rivals (UNI-Virtuosi) in 2021 (444.5 vs 288). I can’t see their dominance ending considering the strong driver lineup and team spirit they have with Dennis Hauger who knows how to deliver race results and the experience and consistency of Jehan Daruvala who returns to the Italian team. 

Driver Champion

Dennis Hauger. 2021 Formula 3 Champion steps up to a dominant and experienced PREMA team in Formula 2 who knows how to win F2 championships. 

Continuing with PREMA alike to 2021 F2 Champion Oscar Piastri could benefit Hauger more as he knows the team already compared to fellow Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson who joins Carlin from Hitech. But the quick New Zealander could run Hauger close with the year’s experience he has on him in F2 and the lighter schedule compared to last season. Teammate Jehan Daruvala may have more pressure on him to deliver from the Red Bull hierarchy considering he has been in Formula 2 for a couple of seasons now and has competition from other Red Bull backed drivers across the grid.


Jim Kimberley @JimKimberley (Twitter)

Team Champions

Although PREMA could snag it once again, I don’t think they have the strongest driver pairing on the grid for 2022. Carlin, Hitech, and ART all are in with a strong chance and it’s going to come down to whoever has the duo that finishes the most races in my opinion. Liam Lawson and Logan Sargeant is my pick for the best driver pairing on the grid this year with Sargeant finally getting his F2 chance. Because of that, I’ll go with Carlin to take the team title, but I don’t think either driver will become F2 champion come the end of the year…

Driver Champion

Red Bull have four excellent candidates to be the driver champion this year, five if Iwasa shows some speed that he hasn’t so far. Two of them are at the all-conquering PREMA and will inevitably be in the hunt as the season goes on. However, while they all scrap with each other hoping for a 2023 seat in F1, there’s another driver who already has a Formula One seat in the bag if rumours are to be believed, and that’s a huge pressure relief. Out of the 2021 returnees, Theo Pourchaire finished the highest and showed just how much promise he has with that superb weekend at Monaco last year. Knowing he’ll be graduating in a year will help him to take the F2 driver’s crown.

 

Amir Haziq @amirhaziq11 (Instagram) , @amirhaziq111 (Twitter(

Team Champions

This correspondent has chosen PREMA again as his pick for Teams’ champions after picking said team for the last two seasons, which proved to be right and this year is no exception. Reigning F3 champion Hauger and 3-time race winner Daruvala are prudent signings that give the team a strong balance between an up-and-coming rookie with a seasoned campaigner.

Just feels a bit weird seeing the team ditch their traditional red with Italian tricolor that has become customary in exchange for Red Bull branding, but then again the last time they had the Austrian company’s logos it yielded a Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship double in 2016, with Pierre Gasly behind the wheel no less!

Driver Champion

Théo Pourchaire ranks high on my list for the Drivers’ Championship title this season. His rookie season exceeded expectations to say the least, with his maiden win in Monaco being a breakthrough performance that would give ART cause for excitement. With also a year of experience on the notoriously finicky F2-spec Pirelli under his belt, he’s one to look out for. 

 

Emma Norgrove @emmanorgrovef1(Twitter)

Team Champions

I believe that Carlin will be on top this year with PREMA closely behind. Dennis Hauger will provide strong competition after winning the F3 Championship and Duruvala has the experience, but overall Lawson and Sargeant will rack up more points. 

Driver Champion

I think that Liam Lawson will win the championship this year. Red Bull junior’s Vips and Hauger will be close competitors, with Hauger motivated to follow in Piastri’s footsteps with consecutive wins. I also think Pourchaire will finish close to Lawson, but Carlin will have the speed and better consistency.

 

 

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