2021 sees a new format for the series. For those following in past seasons you will see the changes affect the format of the days most.
This year we sees less weekends scheduled, however, the same number of races. This means having three races on the weekend of a Grand Prix rather than the two.
The big difference between Formula 2 and Formula 1 is the multiple race format.
The idea historically for this has been to have a qualifying and race system like Formula 1, with the addition of a shortened mixed up grid to test the overtaking abilities and race craft of the best performing drivers in that classic F1 system.
This offers the drivers a chance to shine twice. Obtaining the perfect weekend though is an elusive accolade and often only the true stars manage it.
A short practice session for the drivers on Friday lasting a total of 45 minutes.
This 30 minute session on Friday afternoon decides the grid for the Feature race on Sunday. This is not a knockout style qualification session, and instead, all drivers are free to set times throughout the entire 30 minute session, with the best time at the end of the session taking pole position.
The driver who takes pole position following the final classification of Fridays qualifying session will be awarded with 4 points, as is already the case.
Two Sprint races will take place on Saturday and will both consist of 120 kilometres or 45 minutes, whichever comes first.
Sprint Race 1 & 2:
Saturday in 2021 and beyond will now have two Sprint races and therefore see Sundays Feature race as the main event inline with its bigger brother Formula 1.
These Sprint races are run over a distance of 120 km or 45 minutes, whichever condition is met first with exceptions for some tracks like that of Monaco where the distance is 100km.
The starting grid of Saturdays Sprint race 1 will be determined by reversing the top 10 finishers of Fridays qualifying session results.
While, the starting grid of Saturdays Sprint race 2 will be determined by reversing the top 10 finishers of Sprint race 1.
Sprint race 1 and Sprint race 2’s Top 8 finishers will be awarded points (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1).
2 points will be awarded to the driver who sets the fastest lap in each race. Any driver who is not classified in the top ten positions at the end of the race will not be eligible for points awarded for fastest lap.
The first and main race of the weekend is on Sunday, and will either run to a distance of 170km, or 60 minutes, whichever comes first as per the above mentioned expectations.
This race includes a mandatory pit-stop that all drivers have to make over the course of the race (unless the race is deemed wet).
When the chequered flag is dropped, the top ten will score points.
The Top 10 finishers of the Feature race will score (25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1).
2 points will be awarded to the driver who sets the fastest lap. Any driver who is not classified in the top ten positions at the end of the race will not be eligible for points awarded for fastest lap.
There are Points to be awarded from each day on the weekend. Drivers are awarded points for qualifying and all races in the form of position and fastest lap.
The maximum of points that a driver can score over a race weekend has been increased from 48 to 65.
|Sprint Race 1||15||12||10||8||6||4||2||1|
|Sprint Race 2||15||12||10||8||6||4||2||1|
|Fastest Lap||Points (If in Top 10)|
|Sprint Race 1||2|
|Sprint Race 2||2|
Crucially for Formula 1 fans a big difference here is that all cars are made the same. This means slight tweaks, strategy and skill behind the wheel count.
The trusted GP2/11 car-chassis gets another season of service and with its V6 – 3.4 litre single turbo charged Mecachrome engine installed making sweet music to any race fans ears.
Built to FIA F1 Safety Standards it also features a 6-speed sequential gearbox, DRS, Halo and allows for no individual developments or upgrades in the series. Repairs of structural components must be carried out by Dallara in order to ensure integrity.
The wheels are the new 18 inches rims introduced in 2020 and now for F1 in 2021. While tyres supplied by Pirelli comes in five different specifications. Four slick (super soft, soft, medium, hard) and a wet tyre.
The new sporting regulations state that each driver will be now allocated six sets of dry-weather tyres per weekend instead of five. They will have four “prime” specification sets (one more than currently) and two of the “option” specification. Each driver will also be provided with three sets of wet-weather tyres.
The hashtag means more to drivers than we think it does, the road to F1 is a real journey through the above categories and along the way they earn the credits/points to be able to qualify as a skilled enough driver to compete.
There are a number of ways that a driver can get these credits for their Super Licence and thus use that as a way to be able to take a Formula 1 seat if they have that opportunity.
Within the FIA Formula 2 Championship there will be license points awarded based on your position at the end of the season.
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