Maranello – Callum Ilott was a frontrunner throughout the weekend in Russia and he finished third in the second race of the tenth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship. It was an important result for the English Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) student, who is clearly making progress. He was a brilliant third in qualifying, but Race 1 did not go to plan.
Satisfied. “We didn’t have the pace in the first stint,” explained Callum. “The performance definitely improved after that, but by then it was impossible to aim for a podium finish”. Ilott crossed the line ninth, the place from which he started Race-2. “I’m really pleased with the way I was able to move up the order and finish on the podium,” he said. “Race-1 was very complicated, but in the second race we got it all together. Qualifying showed we were strong, but the races are always more complicated, especially when you are a rookie. I am happy with the progress I’ve made and this weekend’s podium is a nice reward for all the work we put in.”
Giuliano. Giuliano Alesi continued to show the good form demonstrated at the previous round in Monza, finishing eighth in Race-2. In the first race of the Sochi weekend, the Frenchman started from the seventh row and was involved in the opening lap skirmishes and ended up going off the track, incurring a 5 second penalty, which he took at the pit stop, before finishing 13th. In Race-2, Alesi did a good job of managing the chaotic opening moments and then took the chequered flag in eighth place.
Mick. Mick Schumacher’s weekend did not go well. He was eleventh fastest in qualifying and got off to a good start in Race-1, thanks to a great start and a strong showing in the early stages which got him within sight of the top three. Then, a sudden technical problem meant he had to retire. “That was obviously frustrating, seeing all our efforts come to nothing because of a technical problem,” commented Mick. “It’s very disappointing for the team and for me.” Race two was not much better for Schumacher. He made up a few places, but a collision when fighting another driver resulted in a bent suspension arm and he had to retire. “Clearly this was a difficult weekend in Sochi if you look at the points situation,” concluded Mick. “But in terms of our pace it was positive and that means I am more optimistic about the final round in Abu Dhabi.”