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Each and every week insideF2.com will bring you our Monday feature, ‘The Debrief’.

This is the Number One place for the full round up of news and views from the FIA Formula 2 Championship each week.

Remember if you missed any of the action, head over to our dedicated race weekend page to look back at the standings and our LIVE Lap by Lap sessions for each race. 

Another weekend has been and gone in this fast-paced and high-drama Formula 2 season. This weekend the circus moved to Spain and we witnessed some spectacular events.

We saw a near-impossible win, some mega battles and tyre drama in the two races, but first, let’s go back to Friday.

We arrived in Barcelona on Friday excited for round six of the 2020 Formula 2 championship. The air was hot and so was the track as the drivers left their garages for the first time.

It was Dan Ticktum who set the fastest time of the session. Ticktum was part of a group of drivers trailing the frontrunners in the standings, so a good weekend could have made all the difference. He and Mick Schumacher made the perfect start by being first and second, with Yuki Tsunoda and Louis Deletraz also showing strong pace.

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Qualifying Results

Below are the official timings from the session.

PosDriverTeamFastest LapInterval
1C. IlottUNI-V0:1:28.381
2R. ShwartzmanPREMA0:1:28.564-0:0:0.183
3G. ZhouUNI-V0:1:28.601-0:0:0.220
4F. DrugovichMP0:1:28.767-0:0:0.386
5M. SchumacherPREMA0:1:28.889-0:0:0.508
6Y. TsunodaCARLIN0:1:28.903-0:0:0.522
7J. AitkenCAMPOS0:1:28.979-0:0:0.598
8D. TicktumDAMS0:1:28.986-0:0:0.605
9N. MazepinHITECH0:1:29.033-0:0:0.652
10L. DelétrazCHAROUZ0:1:29.199-0:0:0.818
11A. MarkelovBWT HWA0:1:29.297-0:0:0.916
12J. DaruvalaCARLIN0:1:29.308-0:0:0.927
13S. GelaelDAMS0:1:29.316-0:0:0.935
14C. LundgaardART0:1:29.333-0:0:0.952
15R. NissanyTRIDENT0:1:29.469-0:0:1.088
16M. SatoTRIDENT0:1:29.493-0:0:1.112
17P. PiquetCHAROUZ0:1:29.524-0:0:1.143
18N. MatsushitaMP0:1:29.641-0:0:1.260
19M. ArmstrongART0:1:29.686-0:0:1.305
20L. GhiottoHITECH0:1:29.690-0:0:1.309
21G. AlesiBWT HWA0:1:29.748-0:0:1.367
22G. SamaiaCAMPOS0:1:30.093-0:0:1.712

Later in the day the 22 drivers had the opportunity to score four points for pole and the ideal grid position for Saturday’s Feature Race.

Schumacher continued his form from practice and went tthird with a good lap, before Guanyu Zhou trumped him to move onto the provisional front row.

But it was their teammates who stole the show. First, PREMA star Robert Shwartzman beat everybody to go top with a tidy lap. But then, qualifying master Callum Ilott continued his Friday dominance by taking his third pole of the season.

Incredibly, Ilott has still never been outside of the top three in qualifying this season. He took the championship lead from Shwartzman in Britain and the Russian would be sitting alongside him having held second.

Felipe Drugovich prevented it being an all-PREMA and UNI-Virtuosi front row by claiming fourth, with Schumacher and Yuki Tsunoda behind.

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Race Results

Below are the official timings from the session.

PosDriverTeamRace TimeGap
1N. MatsushitaMP1:2:14.783
2R. ShwartzmanPREMA1:2:16.382-0:0:1.599
3G. ZhouUNI-V1:2:20.949-0:0:6.166
4Y. TsunodaCARLIN1:2:22.579-0:0:7.796
5C. IlottUNI-V1:2:22.737-0:0:7.954
6M. SchumacherPREMA1:2:23.254-0:0:8.471
7F. DrugovichMP1:2:23.614-0:0:8.831
8L. GhiottoHITECH1:2:23.775-0:0:8.992
9D. TicktumDAMS1:2:24.221-0:0:9.438
10L. DelétrazCHAROUZ1:2:24.277-0:0:9.494
11C. LundgaardART1:2:24.441-0:0:9.658
12A. MarkelovBWT HWA1:2:25.335-0:0:10.552
13N. MazepinHITECH1:2:25.444-0:0:10.661
14P. PiquetCHAROUZ1:2:29.172-0:0:14.389
15M. SatoTRIDENT1:2:29.940-0:0:15.157
16G. SamaiaCAMPOS1:2:30.110-0:0:15.327
17J. DaruvalaCARLIN1:2:33.220-0:0:18.437
18J. AitkenCAMPOS1:0:47.8200:1:26.963
19S. GelaelDAMS1:0:51.0960:1:23.687
20R. NissanyTRIDENT0:52:56.8140:9:17.969
21G. AlesiBWT HWA0:38:47.7050:23:27.078
22M. ArmstrongART0:0:0.0001:2:14.783

At lights out for the main event, Shwartzman got the jump on Ilott to take P1, with Schumacher moving up to third.

However, Ilott got his revenge on Lap 6 of 37, passing into Turn 1. The pair soon pitted, leaving Schumacher on the alternate strategy to lead the race.

Schumacher’s gamble to start on the hard tyres look a poor one, with the PREMA struggling and Ilott closing in.

Schumacher pitted on Lap 23, allowing Ilott to re-inherit the lead of the race. Drugovich optimistically looked for a move on Shwartzman, and made it stick for P2.

But the race was about to turn on its head as Sean Gelael and Giuliano Alesi came together. Alesi’s HWA spun and he couldn’t get it restarted, bringing out the safety car.

Nobuharu Matsushita and Nikita Mazepin used the safety car as a chance to get rid of their old hard tyres, whilst Ilott and Shwartzman pitted for a second time.

Drugovich led but was brought in the following lap, dropping down the field, leaving Tsunoda to lead on old tyres.

At the restart, it was imperative Ilott passed the slower Carlin for the lead as soon as possible.

But the Brit couldn’t find a way past and was edged out by Matsushita. With Ilott out of shape, Shwartzman took advantage to pass as well.

Matsushita then did what Ilott couldn’t, passing Tsunoda, with Shwartzman once again following through.

Moments later Roy Nissany hit the wall, bringing out the safety car once again.

With the race time limit up, the safety car came in, allowing one final crazy lap of racing.

Ilott attacked Tsunoda again, leaving himself vulnerable to Mazepin behind. Despite having a five-second penalty to his name, the Russian didn’t need a second invitation and passed both Ilott and Tsunoda.

Zhou soon did the same as Ilott’s day got worse, but nothing got in Matsushita’s way, taking his first win of the season from an improbable P18 on the grid.

Shwartzman followed home for second, with Zhou inheriting third after Mazepin’s penalty. The Hitech’s five second drop saw him lose multiple positions and dropping out of the points.

Tsunoda held Ilott off in the end for P4, with Schumacher closing in but finishing sixth. Drugovich and Ghiotto were P7 and P8, securing second and pole for Sunday’s sprint race. Ticktum and Louis Deletraz completed the top ten of a quite ridiculous race.

On the final lap Gelael hit a sausage kerb whilst battling with Jack Aitken. The hefty landing hurt the Indonesian and he was taken to hospital with a fractured vertebra. Gelael missed Sunday’s Sprint Race and we all wish him a speedy recovery.

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Race Results

Below are the official timings from the session.

PosDriverTeamRace TimeGap
1F. DrugovichMP0:41:55.669
2L. GhiottoHITECH0:42:5.205-0:0:9.536
3M. SchumacherPREMA0:42:6.625-0:0:10.956
4Y. TsunodaCARLIN0:42:10.593-0:0:14.924
5N. MatsushitaMP0:42:15.590-0:0:19.921
6N. MazepinHITECH0:42:18.900-0:0:23.231
7P. PiquetCHAROUZ0:42:20.197-0:0:24.528
8C. IlottUNI-V0:42:25.387-0:0:29.718
9L. DelétrazCHAROUZ0:42:27.642-0:0:31.973
10D. TicktumDAMS0:42:27.824-0:0:32.155
11C. LundgaardART0:42:29.865-0:0:34.196
12R. NissanyTRIDENT0:42:30.491-0:0:34.822
13R. ShwartzmanPREMA0:42:36.923-0:0:41.254
14G. ZhouUNI-V0:42:37.665-0:0:41.996
15M. ArmstrongART0:42:39.082-0:0:43.413
16A. MarkelovBWT HWA0:42:41.287-0:0:45.618
17J. DaruvalaCARLIN0:42:41.888-0:0:46.219
18J. AitkenCAMPOS0:42:44.100-0:0:48.431
19G. AlesiBWT HWA0:42:50.405-0:0:54.736
20G. SamaiaCAMPOS0:43:4.751-0:1:9.082
21M. SatoTRIDENT0:43:10.336-0:1:14.667
22S. GelaelDAMS

Sunday’s race had plenty to live up to after the drama of Saturday, but the Sprint Race was more about tyre management than anything else.

Drugovich started well, passing polesitter Ghiotto into Turn 1. Behind them Ilott was able to work his way around Schumacher for third with a daring move around the outside.

Ghiotto defended from Ilott, allowing Drugovich to extend a huge lead at the front.

The championship leader made his move, going to the outside at Turn 1 again. But unlike Schumacher, Ghiotto wasn’t having it, closing the door firmly.

That was Ilott’s chance gone as he dropped back into the clutches of Schumacher, who passed when Ilott’s tyres began screaming for help.

Almost at the same time, Zhou picked up a puncture and was forced to pit, dropping way down the order.

Shwartzman also came in for new tyres, out of choice with the Russian already struggling down the order.

Staying out was Ilott, but his tyres were now so ruined he was being passed at every opportunity.

He fell to eighth before Christian Lundgaard made a move at the final chicane. The Dane made it stick, but went off the track in the process, incurring a five-second penalty and losing the position.

Nobody could stop Drugovich though, as he made it a double for MP Motorsport. Ghiotto and Schumacher joined him on the podium, ahead of Tsunoda, Mazepin and Matsushita.

Pedro Piquet scored his first Formula 2 points with seventh, ahead of a relieved Ilott.

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It wasn’t the best weekend for any of the drivers in the lead group in the title hunt, with Shwartzman having the best of it.

His 18 points see him jump Lundgaard for second, behind Ilott in the standings. Ilott has 121 points, with Shwartzman 18 behind.

A pointless weekend for Lundgaard sees him left behind on 87, with Tsunoda, Schumacher, Zhou and Mazepin close behind.

In the constructors’ standings, PREMA closed the gap to UNI-Virtuosi by six points, with 15 the new gap. A super weekend for MP Motorsport sees them more than double their points tally, allowing them to jump Carlin for fifth in the standings.

Another great Formula 2 weekend has come and gone and the drivers and teams get a well-earned break before we return in two weeks in Belgium.

We seem to say this every time Formula 2 race, but the unpredictability showed it’s beautiful face once again.

Even when it’s looking like a done deal, one small thing can change a race completely, and don’t we love it!

Current Driver Standings

DriverTeamPoints
M. SchumacherPREMA191
C. IlottUNI-V169
Y. TsunodaCARLIN147
C. LundgaardART145
N. MazepinHITECH142
R. ShwartzmanPREMA140
L. DelétrazCHAROUZ122
G. ZhouUNI-V119.5
L. GhiottoHITECH104
D. TicktumDAMS80.5
F. DrugovichMP79
J. AitkenCAMPOS47
N. MatsushitaMP42
M. ArmstrongART38
J. DaruvalaCARLIN36
J. VipsDAMS16
G. AlesiBWT HWA8
R. NissanyTRIDENT5
A. MarkelovBWT HWA5
S. GelaelDAMS3
P. PiquetCHAROUZ2
M. SatoTRIDENT1
G. SamaiaCAMPOS0

TeamPoints
PREMA331
UNI-V288.5
HITECH246
CARLIN183
ART183
CHAROUZ124
MP121
DAMS99.5
CAMPOS47
BWT HWA13
TRIDENT6

Each and every week in our F2 Debrief we will take a look back at the action and crown a driver with insideF2’s #ItGotSent award!

This week we had a tough decision! It came down to one of two great moves. Both send’s have merit for different reasons. 

Ultimately, the move that missed out need’s a shout out. Nikita Mazepin pulled off a super brave move with two wheels on the grass at full speed down the main straight into turn one. It was a brave move and fully deserving of the mention. 

However, we eventually opted for a move that required speed of thought and the skill of a master craftsman to fit a Formula 2 car into the space of about 1.3 car’s as he threaded his Trident in between Aitken and Armstrong at the final chicane.

You #GotItSent Roy Nissany! The second wasn’t to shabby either 🙌🏻

Our Top 3 Social posts from the world of FIA Formula 2 this weekend. 

Let us know if we missed something @F2inside on Twitter and you may get a mention next week 🙌🏻.

This week see’s our social podium dominated by the dominant MP Motorsport team! What a great weekend for the Dutch team! 🇳🇱

A great post from MP, which emphasises that Formula 2 is everything Formula 1 want’s to be! 

Our winner had to be the MP Motorsport’s rodeo master as Nobuharu Matsushita crossed the line! 🕺🏻🥳

Thank you for following InsideF2.com. Do check out our latest news and we hope to see you on next week’s event page throughout the entire weekend for the preview, lap-by-lap action, leaderboards, race results – post session, and weekend Formula 2 debrief. 

Writer: Adam Newton
Producer: James Porter

*Image Credits : (C) Formula Motorsport Limited

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