Armstrong Claims Maiden Podium in F2

Armstrong Claims Maiden Podium in F2

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Marcus Armstrong has taken his maiden Formula 2 podium at Silverstone with DAMS.

The Ferrari Academy Driver finished second during Sprint Race 2 after securing a front row start with a brilliant first lap in the first Sprint Race, where he made up five places.

While qualifying was not strong, Armstrong made up for it in the two Sprint Races, where he climbed up the grid and claimed his first podium and the teams second of the season.

Armstrong said: “This podium has been a long time coming. I thought the win was possible, but Verschoor got a good start from pole and from there, it was a bit of a procession.”

“We put pressure on him, but it’s tough when you get so much aero wash from the driver in front.”

He added: “The car was extremely strong, it’s a shame we couldn’t extract all the performance in qualifying, but we’re heading to circuits like Monza and Sochi, where I’ve had great success in the past.”

“Hopefully, this is the start of a good run of results.”

Roy Nissany secured eighth in qualifying but got punted out of Sprint Race 1. The Williams Academy Driver then put in a storming drive during the second Sprint Race to go from 21st to 12th.

The Feature Race saw Nissany struggle to produce any overtakes, along with many other drivers in the field.

Nissany said: “We had a lot of potential this weekend. I was very happy with my qualifying performance; being incredibly close to the top four shows what we can do.”

“Unfortunately, I made a mistake at the start of Sprint Race 1 and had to retire. It’s a shame because I made up nine places in the second race, so we clearly had speed.”

“There was an issue during my pit stop in the Feature Race that cost us some time, and it was so hard to overtake on this new track we couldn’t recover.”

“The good news is it’s possible to fight at the front, and it’s only a matter of time until we realise our potential.”

There is a bit of a break for Formula 2  before the series heads to Monza in September, where DAMS will hope to show more of their potential.

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