After seeing his driver’s secure third and sixth in Qualifying for Round 12 of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 championship, Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin believes his cars had the pace to start Sunday’s Feature Race from second and third.
American Logan Sargeant was third fastest for the team, while New Zealander Liam Lawson ended the session sixth.
“It was pretty good,” Carlin responded when asked how he felt the session had gone for his team, adding: “Unless you’re first and second, you’re always going to be disappointed.”
Carlin expanded saying: “Third and sixth is quite good, I think we possibly could have got second and third, but it was a good effort by the boys and we’ll hopefully have two good races and get some good points for the team.”
Carlin have taken five wins in 2022, surpassing their 2021 tally with six races remaining, and are just 10-points adrift of Teams’ Standings leaders ART Grand Prix, who had a difficult Qualifying.
Kiwi driver Lawson won his third race of 2022 in Belgium’s Sprint Race from fifth on the grid and Carlin believes a win is possible for the Red Bull Junior Team driver.
“I think it is possible, the thing we love about Liam is he’s such a great racer, we can always rely on him,” said Carlin.
While Lawson’s wins have all been Sprint Races, Williams Academy driver Logan Sargeant has won two Feature Races this season.
Carlin said both his drivers are “in the hunt” for the victory on Sunday, where the majority of the points are awarded.
The task of winning the Feature Race will be tough because the front-row pair of MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich, the championship leader, and Virtuosi’s Jack Doohan were both in scintillating form on Friday.
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