Sochi – The FIA Formula 2 championship is back in action this weekend at Sochi, for the penultimate round of the season. For the three Ferrari Driver Academy Drivers (FDA) involved in the Russian event, it’s a great opportunity to build on the strong showing in the previous round in Monza, where Giuliano Alesi, Callum Ilott and Mick Schumacher all ran competitively, even if they didn’t come away with much of a points haul.
First time. The semi-permanent track that has hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix every year since 2014, has also staged rounds of the F1 feeder series before, but it will be the very first time in Formula 2 for all three FDA drivers, who will discover that it’s a technical and demanding track. It feels very much like a street circuit, but the high speed sections are more like those found on a permanent track, also featuring a series of 90 degree turns where it’s important to get into a rhythm.
Risk of rain. Ilott comes to Sochi on the back of his first ever Formula 2 pole position in Monza, which he followed up with a fourth place finish in Race-1. The round in Italy saw Alesi have to fight his way up the order twice, to record his best points tally of the season. Schumacher retired in the first race with a technical problem but made it back into the points in Race-2. The three FDA rookies are making progress at every round and the Sochi weekend might produce some pleasant surprises, although the weather will be a factor, as rain is forecast.