In the round-up: Cem Bolukbasi has withdrawn from this week’s Formula 2 test, indicating he is still suffering pain from his crash in Jeddah three weeks ago.
Bolukbasi pulls out of F2 test with torso painCircuit de Catalunya after suffering a crash on day one. He said in a social media post that he had returned to Istanbul in order to undergo medical examinations regarding torso pain which could be related to a heavy collision he had with the barriers in Jeddah.
“I had to stop the testing sessions yesterday in Barcelona because of a sudden pain in my torso which seems like a side effect from my crash in Jeddah,” said Bolukbasi. “I’ve arrived back to Istanbul for physical checks, I will continue with Imola preparations after detailed examinations.”
Following his crash in Jeddah, Bolukbasi was diagnosed with concussion and excluded from competing in the rest of the race weekend.
Nissany fastest on second day of Formula 2 test
Roy Nissany set the quickest time around Barcelona on the second day of F2’s in-season testing. The DAMS driver put in a 1’28.812 lap during the morning session, despite the session being disrupted by four red flags.
The afternoon session was less interrupted, however, there was intermittent rain that prevented drivers from setting faster lap times than in the morning, Marcus Armstrong putting in the best afternoon time with a 1’29.752.
Formula 2 and 3 following “very strong” FIA guidance on Russian athletes
CEO of Formula 2 and 3, Bruno Michel, said that the junior series is adhering to the FIA’s guidance about how to proceed with Russian competitors. “There has been some very strong guidance from the FIA of the way to operate with the issue of Russian athletes, and that’s what we’ve been applying. We are doing things as we are requested to do with them.”
Formula 3 is the only FIA series which currently has a Russian driver competing in it, with Alexander Smolyar having signed the FIA’s driver agreement and entering under a non-national flag, as an ‘authorised neutral driver.’ However he is expected to face difficulties competing in some countries, such as the United Kingdom, where the regional automobile club has banned Russians from participating.
“I don’t think there’s much to anticipate at the moment of what will happen in the future,” Michel continued. “Of course, we don’t go to Sochi this year, that’s a simple answer, and then we see for the future, but we’re just following the rules.”
Huge points swings in Formula E not to do with old qualifying format – Evans
Double Rome EPrix winner Mitch Evans doesn’t believe Formula E’s much-criticised previous qualifying format was solely to blame with the significant swings in performance seen last year. The Jaguar driver suspects the up-and-down nature of the 2020-2021 championship was also due to the varying nature of the tracks visited by the series, as well as the group qualifying format.
“Last year we had a huge influence with quali from that but also the track layouts really changed it,” he said. “Our car has got a certain philosophy, our design, our powertrain is designed in a certain way to suit the circuits and these are the DNA of Formula E tracks, [like] Rome. ”
Last year Formula E held two double-header rounds at permanent circuits, Valencia and Puebla. “We just don’t really suit those circuits as well,” Evans admitted. “It’s easy to blame the group stuff, but look at this year up until this race – everyone’s had a fair chance in qualifying in front and we just haven’t. We’ve just not really had the pace.
“So that’s not down to group stuff or the old qualifying format, it’s just pure pace. I’m obviously hoping this is not a one-off and I’m hoping Monaco should be similar to last year. But again, you just never know in this championship, but it’s obviously the other circuits that maybe don’t traditionally suit our car, that’s when we have to really put the hard work in because that’s where you could potentially make the difference in the championship.”
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