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Jeddah F2 Review: Bearman F1 call up, Hauger and Fittipaldi win

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Round 2 of the 2024 Formula 2 season took place over the weekend at the high-speed Jeddah Corniche Circuit, a curtain-raiser to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Round 2 of the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship.

The man who took the pole position for Saturday’s FIA Formula 2 Championship feature race was missing from the grid. 18-year-old Oliver Bearman got the call of a lifetime all drivers dream of; “Sunday, you are making your Formula 1 debut.”

Fate had it that Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz contracted appendicitis, and as a reserve for the great Italian team, Bearman ‘left the F2 building’ to go make his F1 debut. This meant it would be a free-for-all all to bag wins at his expense.

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This is how the two Formula 2 races unfolded during the weekend in Jeddah.

F2 Sprint Race: Verschoor’s disqualified, Hauger wins

F2 Sprint Race: Verschoor’s disqualified, Hauger wins

At the start Argentine Franco Colapinto and Briton Zak O’Sullivan, in different teams but both members of Williams Driver Academy, were left stranded on the grid.

Misery loves company, and within two corners of the start pre-season favorite Victor Martins was out after hitting the wall of vodoo. Racing resumed on lap five.

Top five, Paul Aron, Richard Verschoor, Isack Hadjar, Dennis Hauger and Kush Maini, all F2 veterans. Zane Maloney, double winner from the opening round in Bahrain, was eighth. Lap 8 Verschoor makes his move to the top by passing Aron going into T1.

At half distance, lap 10 of 20, a yellow flag and the Safety Car came out after Belgian Amaury Cordeel stopped on the track after a spin. Verschoor led the race from Aron, followed by Hauger and Hadjar. Enzo Fittipaldi completed the top five.

Green meant go on lap 12. Verschoor immediately pulled himself out of the DRS zone from Aron. Lap 15 Jak Crawford passes Maloney for sixth, but a lap later the Boy from Barbados returned the favor and reclaimed sixth from the American driver from Dallas. On Lap 18 Hauger took second from Aron.

Antonelli passed Kush Maini for eighth place and the final point available in the Sprint Race. On the penultimate lap, Maloney got into the top five from Hadjar, his pace dropped, promoting Antonelli and Maini to seventh and eighth respectively.

The Indian was pushed out of the points in the run-up to the chequered flag by Josep “Pepe” Marti. In 77 starts, victory was number four of Verschoor’s extensive time in the official feeder series of Formula 1.

Jeddah F2 Review: With Bearman absent, Hauger and Fittipaldi win

That is how the race finished on track. Then came the law…

Both Verschoor and his Trident teammate were disqualified for an incorrect throttle pedal progressivity map installed prior to the race and not in compliance with Techies Regulations.

Verschoor’s disqualification allowed Hauger to hop on top of the podium, with Aron second and Fittipaldi the third man on the podium.

Before Verschoor’s DQ, before eventually being declared the F2 Feature Race winner, Hauger summed up: “Overall I think it was a good race. It took a bit of time to get past Hadjar, I didn’t seem to quite have the pace.

“But after that, to be honest within the Top 3 it was quite close in terms of lap times and the pace was good for all of us compared to the others behind. Overall, I had a good one, a clean one after Lap 1 at least.

“Happy with the P2 and my first podium of the season. Hopefully, we can carry that forward,” added the 20-year-old Norwegian.

Jeddah F2 Sprint Race Top 10

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Feature Race: Emotional win for Fittipaldi

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Enzo Fittipaldi took his first of the season. Followed home by driver Kush Maini, who started from pole position, and Jak Crawford third.

Maini led the when the lights went out in Jeddah. He was followed by fellow front row starter Crawford.

An opening lap collision between Josep Maria Marti and Roman Stanek brought out the safety car. On lap three safety car was in and Maini maintained his lead.

Crawford was the first driver in the pits for tyre change at the end of Lap 6. Fittipaldi came in two laps later.

Argentine Franco Colapinto had moved up to 11th. before crashing into the barriers which brought out the Safety Car again, until the end of Lap 18.

Fittipaldi was on the charge and grabbed third from Taylor Barnard. The US-based Brazilian, grandson of two-time world champion Emerson, made the move of the race by passing two drivers, race leader Amaury Cordeel and Juan Manuel Correa, to take the lead. The pass on the outside would make grandpa Emmo very proud.

Pole-sitter Maini was able to hang on to finish second. Fight for the final step of the podium saw a mad dash to the chequered flag which saw Hauger edge out Crawford by .03s. Cordeel finished fifth.

Kimi Antonelli Update

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Toto Wolff’s “Star of the Future” Andrea “Kimi” Antonelli did shine brighter than the opening round in Bahrain last week, and finished sixth.

Pre-season favourite Victor Martins finally earned his first point of the season from his tenth-place finish. Maloney, seventh on Saturday, maintains his lead in the championship with 47 points.

Fittipaldi’s victory and fastest lap has vaulted him into second in the standings with 32 points. Only a point behind in third is Hauger.

22-year-old Fittipaldi, the grandson of F1 great Emerson, said of his victory: It feels amazing, there’s a lot of emotions and I am just very happy to come out on top today. Van Amersfoort Racing gave me an amazing car. The team did a great job on the pit stop.

“We were just flying today. I think every lap we were doing was very fast, our pace was very fast. We had some good fights on track. We got a bit unlucky with the Safety Car, I feel back to fourth and had some guys on the supersofts ahead of me.

“I had to at the same time manage my tyres and overtake, I think I managed that well. We were very competitive, getting the fastest lap on the second last lap of the race. Extremely happy and very grateful for this win,” concluded Fittipaldi.

Jeddah F2 Feature Race Top 10:

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2024 FIA F2 Standings after Round 2 in Jeddah

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Round 3 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship will be in Albert Park on the Australian Grand Prix weekend.