Formula 2 is back in action this weekend in Azerbaijan. The Baku event is eagerly anticipated by the drivers, who relish the challenge of a track that has provided plenty of excitement in the past. The 6003 metres of the Baku track offer features not found elsewhere, including a 2.2 kilometre long main straight – even if bits of it are designated as corners – which is not what you expect at a street circuit. The high speeds call for low aero downforce, which means you drive through the streets with a car set up for…Monza! There are three Ferrari Driver Academy students racing this weekend.
Mick. This is the second round of the Formula 2 championship, following on from the curtain-raiser in Bahrain. In Sakhir, Mick Schumacher did very well on his series debut. The 20 year old German left Bahrain with an eighth and a sixth place, as he got to grips with a category that’s always tough on rookies. Tyre management was the key to both races and that’s one of the hardest aspects for newcomers to get a handle on.
Callum and Giuliano. Callum Ilott and Giuliano Alesi had a tougher time on that first weekend. They were both a bit unlucky in qualifying, which drastically reduced the likelihood of ending up in the points. In Baku, they now have the chance to turn things around. For Callum, Giuliano and Mick, tomorrow morning’s free practice session will be their very first experience of this track and every single lap will be very valuable in terms of getting to grips with what is a very technical circuit. Qualifying takes place in the afternoon, with the first race at 12 local time. Then, there’s the final race on Sunday at 13.10, three hours before the start of the Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix.