This weekend, the FIA Formula 2 championship begins the second half of its season. The turning point comes at Silverstone with the seventh of twelve rounds. This is one of the great classics on the calendar, a favourite with teams and drivers. The British weekend will be particularly special for Cambridge-born Callum Ilott and the Englishman will be able to rely on plenty of home support, thanks to the huge crowds that always pack every inch of the circuit from the early hours of the morning, to be sure to catch all the on-track action.
Callum and Mick. Ilott went well in recent races, but for various reasons, his good pace did not translate into championship points. However, he is clearly on an upward path, which also applies to another Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) student, Mick Schumacher. In the last round at Spielberg, the German unfortunately stalled at the start of Race-1, but he fought back strongly in the second race, finishing just one place off the podium. It was a good morale booster for the coming weekend at Silverstone, the track where he won in the European Formula 3 series.
Giuliano. The season turning point at Silverstone will be important for Giuliano Alesi too. Like his two FDA colleagues, the 19 year old Frenchman has had to spend much of the first part of this season familiarising himself with a category that is not a walk in the park. A year ago at this track, Alesi finished second in the GP3 race, on a weekend where Ilott also made it onto the podium.