Calan Williams says that he is ‘really confident’ ahead of his FIA Formula 2 debut, despite the challenges of making the step up from F3.
The Aussie driver, who competed with Jenzer Motorsport in Formula 3 last year, will be racing for Trident this season, and spoke to F2 media about the challenges of adapting to Formula 2.
“It’s not just a simple step up [to F2]. So many things are different. What surprised me the most was the carbon brakes, which are much more temperature sensitive than steel brakes [as used in F3]. There is a lot to learn, but that’s what we’re here for.”
Although the first round in Bahrain this weekend will be an important learning process for all the rookie drivers, many have already benefitted from testing to get to grips with the new equipment.
“In the last two tests, I gained a good understanding of how to manage the tyres, so I’m feeling really confident going into this weekend. I am very prepared and I’m putting in a lot of work at the moment – I’m sure everything will fall into place.”
With so much to adapt to in F2, the Trident driver has set his sights on learning rather than outright performance this weekend.
“I would like to score points. If I can do that this weekend I’ll be happy. After this weekend I’ll have a good idea of where I stand which will help me set my goals for the future. At the moment I want to learn as much about the series as I can.”
The Aussie is one of 12 drivers making their full-time debut in F2 this year, and will hope to reap the rewards of his preparation. With so many drivers new to the series, teams will be eager to see who emerges as the strongest driver from that group, and who shows potential for the future.
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