Ollie Bearman says “everything’s a bit more magnified than the F3 car” as he steps up from F3 to FIA Formula 2.
The British driver dissected the key differences between to F2 and F3 car when asked by insideF2 and explained the Formula 2 car is trickier to drive than the FIA F3 machine.
“The car I quite different. It’s a bit more weight, generally the car is heavier so you feel it a bit more at low speed.
“It’s a bit more lazy and with the 18 inch tyres that we have on this car, it’s a bit less forgiving.”
The Ferrari Driver Academy driver said that putting together a clean lap is critical and the 18 inch tyres more harshly penalise small corrections on the steering wheel.
“So I feel like it punishes mistakes a bit harder than the F3 car. So it’s really important that you’re managing a really perfect lap.
“And you can’t get away with little snaps because they punish you with these 18 inch tyres.”
The 18 inch Pirelli tyres in FIA F2 are significantly larger than the rubber seen in FIA F3 that the PREMA driver experienced in 2022.
Bearman said the tyres a a sizeable step up from Formula 3 as well as the power and the general characteristics of the car.
“And of course a bit more power, a bit more tyre degradation. Everything’s a bit more magnified than the F3 car. The tyres is probably the biggest step from the F3 car.”
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