Round 5: Driver Ratings

Round 5: Driver Ratings

After the hardest test of their abilities so far this FIA Formula 2 season, 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 F2, a huge amount can change between races and rounds.

Dennis Hauger *****
Taking the lead into turn one at Monaco in a race with no pit stops is usually a good sign of things to come, but Hauger did well to keep cool given the pressure he had to score a good result and the risk of rain falling. He made up two places in the Feature Race, too.

Jehan Daruvala *****
He qualified just ahead of his team mate and followed him home in the Sprint Race, but dropped behind him in the Feature Race. Needs better results to get back in championship contention.

Jack Doohan  *****
Another decent weekend has moved him up to sixth in the drivers’ standings. He was within a tenth of taking pole position and scored points in both races.

Marino Sato *****
The Japanese driver made up for a bad qualifying  session (he only managed 17th) by recovering to tenth in the Feature Race.

Liam Lawson *****
What could have been a magical weekend for the Kiwi, with pole and a great chance of a Feature Race win, became a nightmare when he was penalised for not slowing under yellow flags. A lapse of judgement which meant he only scored one point across the whole weekend.

Logan Sargeant *****
A little bit more in trouble than in the past races, Sargeant could only score a pair of points on Sunday, but he was in the top ten in both races.

Marcus Armstrong *****
Armstrong had a positive weekend, taking his second podium of the season and climbing to fourth place in the championship. The only reason why he doesn’t get four stars is that he was behind his team mate on pace.

Juri Vips *****
After two weekends with costly mistakes during the races, Vips pulled off a very good weekend which saw him stand on Monaco’s podium and get back in contention for the top positions in the championship.

Frederik Vesti *****
After Spain, a return to the upper reaches of the non-points scorers. Qualifying in sixteenth place made scoring points almost impossible.

Theo Pourchaire *****
Five rounds in, he appears as the only credible candidate to fight with Drugovich for the championship. He was fast and consistent again in Monaco, where he won last year.

Felipe Drugovich *****
The Brazilian’s stellar season apparently knows no bounds. A prestigious win in Monte Carlo helped him extend his lead, despite retiring in the Sprint Race after a puncture at the start. He now has twice as many wins as the next best driver, Pourchaire.

Clément Novalak *****
The Frenchman, by now, should really be more accustomed to F2 cars and tyres than he is. His season so far has been underwhelming and two retirements in Monaco were dismal. He is clearly underperforming and needs to come back stronger in Baku.

Olli Caldwell *****
Still no points after ten races. Monaco was not the best place for a rookie to score his best result so far, but the next race is another street circuit and Caldwell needs to start performing better straight away.

Ralph Boschung
After a decent qualifying session, Boschung decided to withdraw from both races due to neck pain. He’s got two weeks to recover before Baku.

Roy Nissany *****
He came close to scoring points in the Sprint Race but ultimately left the principality with no points added to his tally.

Ayumu Iwasa *****
A messy weekend for the Japanese driver, who retired in the Feature Race and came home last in the Sprint Race. In Monaco, such things can happen, especially to a rookie.

Richard Verschoor *****
While Trident’s unlucky run continues, Verschoor had a brilliant pair of races, coming close to the top ten despite starting last in both events.

Calan Williams *****
An average weekend for the Australian. He’ll wonder how his Dutch team mate finished higher than him in both races despite Verschoor being the lowest qualifier after his qualifying woes.

Enzo Fittipaldi *****
Possibly his best ever weekend in F2, seeing as he qualified sixth and finished both races in the top five. Points keep coming for the young Brazilian, whose morale must have got a further boost ahead of Baku.

Cem Bölükbasi *****
The Turkish rookie also had his best weekend so far and came tantalisingly close to scoring his first F2 points.

Jake Hughes *****
A crash in qualifying and a stall while on reverse pole. Hughes’ weekend was one to forget, but the pace was decent enough to score some points. The Briton should focus on bringing home what’s on the table instead of always aiming for much more and leaving with a dry mouth.

Amaury Cordeel *****
Added to VAR’s bad weekend with a poor performance of his own. On to the next one.

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