Formula 2 – Ilott’s first podium
The third round of the FIA Formula 2 series took place at the Barcelona circuit this past weekend. Callum Ilott showed that he is making progress getting his best result to date in this category. The Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) student finished Race-1 in eighth place and then came home third in Race-2, to make his first appearance on a Formula 2 podium.
Formula 1 car next. It was a significant result for Callum, adding 14 points to his tally. Ilott has stayed on in Barcelona, because he will take part in the Formula 1 test, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo.
Good feeling. “I was a bit sorry about my start in Race-2, given that I had started from pole position”, said Ilott. “I tried to manage the tyres as much as possible because I wanted to finish on the podium and in the end I managed it. I am really happy with the way the work is going according to the plan we established from the start of the season. My feel for the car is improving and I’m getting the hang of this formula. Now I hope to get another good result at the next round in Monaco.”
Mick. Mick Schumacher and Giuliano Alesi did not have much luck over the weekend in Montmelo. The German did not do as well as expected, finishing 15th and 12th, which did not reflect the potential he showed on track. Schumacher’s first race was compromised right from the opening lap when a collision left him with a puncture after which his race was a real struggle. “Overall, it wasn’t the weekend I’d been hoping for, given than neither race went well for me,” explained Mick. “We are still learning but now I can’t wait to get on track in Monaco for the very first time.”
Giuliano. Alesi had an even harder time of it this weekend and in Race-1, any chance of finishing in the points evaporated after just a few metres. Giuliano ended up in the escape road at the third corner, and that was it, race over. That also affected his grid position for Race-2, which he finished in 16th place having started from the back row of the grid.