Round 4: Driver Ratings

Round 4: Driver Ratings

Back racing after a month, the F2 grid tackled the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and here we look at each driver’s performance and give ratings out of 5 stars.

We try to be fair to the drivers and rate a 5 as the perfect weekend, 1 and 2 as room for improvement. 3 would be considered a weekend with some positives and a 4 as a good performance. As we know, in FIA Formula 2, a huge amount can change between races and rounds.

Dennis Hauger *****
A big setback after a maiden podium last time out. Qualifying was where the weekend took a turn for the worse, but he was unable to turn it around in either race despite not starting too far from the points-paying positions.

Jehan Daruvala *****
For the first time this year, the Indian leaves a race track without having stood on the podium, although he came very close on Saturday with fourth place. While the Feature Race retirement was not his fault, he needs more aggressiveness as consistency alone won’t win him this championship.

Jack Doohan  *****
Finally, a weekend where everything went to plan. No one was stopping Drugovich on Sunday, so P2 was the best Doohan could take after starting from pole. With some confidence on board, he can continue pushing with a clearer mind in the coming races.

Marino Sato *****
The Japanese driver had a worryingly bad weekend after accustoming us to far better showings this year. Hopefully, he can bounce back from it rather than remain at this level for the rest of the season.

Liam Lawson *****
Lawson’s awful qualifying spoiled his entire weekend and could have made the gap to the top of the championship too big to recover. Yet, his two races were excellent recovery drives, the kind of performances that would have seen him battle for the wins had he started in the top five.

Logan Sargeant *****
A first podium and a fourth-place show how Sargeant has definitively come to grips with F2 machinery, and Carlin probably now have the most competitive driver pairing.

Marcus Armstrong *****
Although he avoided mistakes and benefitted from better luck, his team mate Vips had the better pace this weekend, so that’s something Armstrong needs to work on.

Juri Vips *****
Yet another mistake while battling for position, but bad luck was more crucial towards scoring zero points across the weekend after his Feature Race pit stop. After starting second, that was hard to swallow, but the Estonian should still have finished higher than seventeenth.

Frederik Vesti *****
Beating his team mate fair and square across the weekend was a wonderful way to score his maiden podium in F2. This is the kind of performance he’s capable of, and hopefully, he and the team can keep up the form for the remainder of the races.

Theo Pourchaire *****
By his standards, an average weekend even though he scored points in both races. Drugovich is running away at the top of the championship, and to stop him, Pourchaire can’t afford any more such weekends unless the same happens to the Brazilian.

Felipe Drugovich *****
Drugovich became the first F2 driver to win all races in a weekend (Vips and Piastri had won two when there were three per weekend), and to do so starting from 10th is a stellar feat. His poor qualifying should slightly reduce his rating, but the recovery more than makes up for it.

Clément Novalak *****
One bad race, one good race, and therefore an average rating. Drugovich continues showing how the MP is good everywhere, and Novalak should be scoring points more often than this.

Olli Caldwell *****
A marked improvement over the previous races, although still no points for the Briton.

Ralph Boschung
Had to sit out the weekend after neck pain in practice. With Monaco around the corner, it will be a stressful few days for him as he tries to recover in time.

Roy Nissany *****
Did very well to score points starting seventeenth on Sunday, but he let himself down with that poor qualifying which led to his worst weekend of 2022 so far.

Ayumu Iwasa *****
A maiden podium which was always going to come after his first few performances. Very bad luck to clip the rear of Daruvala and lose plenty of points in the Feature Race.

Richard Verschoor *****
While the competition have improved, Verschoor has the talent to beat his rivals, so the fact he couldn’t score points is probably more on the team than him.

Calan Williams *****
Trident have not scored points for two weekends in a row, and stalling from pole position in the Sprint Race certainly was painful for Williams. He almost scored points on Sunday.

Enzo Fittipaldi *****
Much more at ease in the car since scoring a podium in Imola, finishing in the top ten in both races.

Cem Bölükbasi *****
Returning after sitting out two weekends, he had to halt his learning curve while his rivals improved and so did well, all things considered.

Jake Hughes *****
Perhaps too nervous, hoping to score breakthrough results, he is making too many small mistakes and occasionally finds himself out of position in the negative sense. Barcelona was one such occasion.

Amaury Cordeel *****
While his team mate inarguably had a scruffy weekend, beating him in the feature race was a decent feat for the Belgian rookie after the bad first three weekends he had in F2.

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