2020 Formula 2 Championship
|2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship|
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The 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship is a motor racing championship for Formula 2 cars that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The championship is the fifty-fourth season of Formula 2 racing and the fourth season run under the FIA Formula 2 Championship moniker. It is an open-wheel racing category that serves as the second tier of formula racing in the FIA Global Pathway. The category is scheduled to be run in support of selected rounds of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship. As the championship is a spec series, all teams and drivers competing in the championship will run the same car, the Dallara F2 2018.
Nyck de Vries is the 2019 drivers' champion, having won the title at the penultimate round of the 2019 championship in Russia.[a] DAMS are the reigning teams' champions, having secured their first Formula 2 title in Abu Dhabi.
Guanyu Zhou started the season opener at the Red Bull Ring from pole position but suffered technical issues whilst leading the race, allowing his UNI-Virtuosi Racing teammate Callum Ilott to take his first Formula 2 victory. The sprint race was won by MP Motorsport driver Felipe Drugovich on his debut Formula 2 weekend.
Yuki Tsunoda took pole position for the second feature race in Austria, but made a late pit stop due to miscommunication with his Carlin team, losing track position. He recovered to second place but was unable to overtake Prema Racing's Robert Shwartzman, who took his first Formula 2 victory. Tsunoda and Shwartzman both retired from the sprint race, Tsunoda with a suspected clutch issue and Shwartzman after spinning on the opening lap. ART Grand Prix driver Christian Lundgaard overtook reverse-grid pole sitter Dan Ticktum to claim his first Formula 2 victory.
Ilott scored pole position in the wet qualifying at the Hungaroring. But he was not able to convert pole to race win due to less effective tire strategy. Shwartzman, who passed five drivers on start, took the race victory, after the eleventh place on the grid. Ilott started the reverse-grid race from pole and finished second. This time Luca Ghiotto was the fastest driver to choose different strategy which lead him to the sixth win in Formula 2.
The following teams and drivers are under contract to compete in the 2020 championship. As the championship is a spec series, all competitors race with an identical Dallara F2 2018 chassis with a V6 turbo engine developed by Mecachrome. Teams compete with tyres supplied by Pirelli.
|UNI-Virtuosi Racing||3||Guanyu Zhou||1–5|
|ART Grand Prix||5||Marcus Armstrong||1–5|
|Campos Racing||9||Jack Aitken||1–5|
|Charouz Racing System||11||Louis Delétraz||1–5|
|MP Motorsport||14||Nobuharu Matsushita||1–5|
|BWT HWA Racelab||16||Artem Markelov||1–5|
|Prema Racing[b]||20||Mick Schumacher||1–5|
|Hitech Grand Prix||24||Nikita Mazepin||1–5|
Luca Ghiotto left UNI-Virtuosi Racing to join the new Hitech Grand Prix team, combining Formula 2 with a GT World Challenge Europe campaign. He will be partnered by Nikita Mazepin, who moved to the team from ART Grand Prix. Callum Ilott will replace Ghiotto at UNI-Virtuosi, having contested the 2019 championship with Sauber Junior Team by Charouz. Guanyu Zhou remained with UNI-Virtuosi for a second successive season.
Reigning champion Nyck de Vries left ART Grand Prix and the championship to join Mercedes in Formula E. 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship runner-up Marcus Armstrong will join the team. Christian Lundgaard continued his collaboration with ART Grand Prix, graduating from FIA Formula 3.
HWA Racelab signed Markelov who last competed in the championship on a full-time basis in 2018 before competing part-time at selected rounds in 2019. Giuliano Alesi will switch from Trident to join Markelov with his seat at Trident being filled by 2019 Euroformula Open champion Marino Sato, who will contest the series full-time after a part-time campaign with Campos Racing. Tatiana Calderón left the team and the series to compete in Super Formula with ThreeBond Racing with Drago Corse.
DAMS will field a new driver line-up. Sean Gelael moved to the team from Prema Racing and will be joined by two-time Macau Grand Prix winner Dan Ticktum. Nicholas Latifi left the championship to join Williams for the 2020 Formula One World Championship, while the decision to sign Gelael and Ticktum meant Sérgio Sette Câmara left the team. Reigning FIA Formula 3 champion Robert Shwartzman will graduate to the championship with Prema Racing, replacing Sean Gelael. Shwartzman will partner Mick Schumacher, who remained with the team for a second season.
Pedro Piquet, who finished fifth in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, will graduate to the series and join Charouz Racing System. Louis Delétraz, who previously raced for Charouz in 2018, will return to the team from Carlin. Juan Manuel Correa, who raced for the team in 2019, was ruled out by his rehabilitation from a serious injury, while Matevos Isaakyan—who replaced Correa for the final rounds of the 2019 championship—was not re-signed. Jehan Daruvala and Yuki Tsunoda graduated to Formula 2 with Carlin, replacing Charouz-bound Louis Delétraz and MP-bound Nobuharu Matsushita.
2018 Euroformula Open champion Felipe Drugovich stepped up from Formula 3 to contest the championship with MP Motorsport. He will be joined by former Carlin driver Nobuharu Matsushita. Jordan King and Mahaveer Raghunathan left the team and the championship respectively. Jack Aitken will remain with Campos Racing, being partnered by 2019 Euroformula Open Championship graduate Guilherme Samaia, while Marino Sato left the team to join Trident. Sato's teammate will be Roy Nissany, who last competed in the championship in 2018.
The original calendar had twelve rounds scheduled to take place as part of the 2020 championship. Each round consists of two races: a Feature race, which is run on Saturday, over a distance of 170 km (105.6 mi) and includes a mandatory pit stop;[c] and a Sprint race, which is run over 120 km (75 mi) and does not require drivers to make a pit stop.[d]
|Round||Circuit||Feature race||Sprint race|
|1||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||4 July||5 July|
|2||11 July||12 July|
|3||Hungaroring, Mogyoród||18 July||19 July|
|4||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||1 August||2 August|
|5||8 August||9 August|
|6||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló||15 August||16 August|
|7||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot||29 August||30 August|
|8||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza||5 September||6 September|
|9||Mugello Circuit, Scarperia e San Piero||12 September||13 September|
|10||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi||26 September||27 September|
|–||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi||TBA|
|–||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||TBA[e]|
|–||Baku City Circuit, Baku||Cancelled[f]|
|–||Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort||Cancelled[g]|
|–||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo||Cancelled[h]|
The Circuit Paul Ricard round that was run in support of the French Grand Prix was removed from the calendar. It was replaced by a round at the Circuit Zandvoort, running in support of the revived Dutch Grand Prix. The Bahrain, Barcelona rounds were postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the Zandvoort, Monaco and Baku rounds were cancelled alongside the Dutch, Monaco and Azerbaijan Grand Prix. A revised calendar was published in June 2020, featuring two rounds at the Red Bull Ring and two at the Silverstone Circuit. On 10 July 2020, Mugello was added as the ninth round of the season. It will be the first time for this circuit to be featured in the schedule of the main Formula One feeder series since 1997 International Formula 3000 Championship. On 29 July 2020, Sochi was added to the calendar as the tenth round of the season.
The series switched from conventional 13-inch wheel rims to larger 18-inch wheel rims to allow Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli to gather data on how the larger tyres would work ahead of Formula One's adoption of 18-inch wheels in 2022. In addition the Pirelli FIA Formula 2 Championship tyre sizes were also slightly altered with the front tyre width increased from 245 to 275 mm (9.6 to 10.8 in) while the rear tyre width remained same at 325 mm (12.8 in). The overall tyre diameter (front and rear) sizes were increased from 660 to 705 mm (26.0 to 27.8 in) as a result of 18-inch wheel rim introduction. The conventional 13-inch wheel rims that had been used since 2011 were retired.
Points were awarded to the top 10 classified finishers in the Feature race, and to the top 8 classified finishers in the Sprint race. The pole-sitter in the feature race also received four points, and two points were given to the driver who set the fastest lap inside the top ten in both the feature and sprint races. No extra points are awarded to the pole-sitter in the sprint race as the grid for the sprint race is based on the results of the feature race with the top eight drivers having their positions reversed.
- Feature race points
- Sprint race points
Points were awarded to the top 8 classified finishers.
- – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance.
- – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance.
- Under the series' sporting regulations, the defending drivers' champion is not permitted to continue racing in the championship.
- Under the numbering system used prior to 2020, Prema Racing would have been assigned #18 and #19. However, the FIA retired #19 from the series after Anthoine Hubert's death and so Prema Racing were assigned #20 and #21 instead.
- The Monaco and Budapest feature races are run over a reduced distance, with a length of 140 km (87.0 mi) and 160 km (99.4 mi) respectively.
- The Feature and Sprint races are time-certain. In the event that the full race distance cannot be completed, the Feature race will end after one hour and the Sprint race after forty-five minutes.
- The Bahrain races were due to take place on 21 and 22 March, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Baku races were due to take place on 6 and 7 June, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Zandvoort races were due to take place on 2 and 3 May, but were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Monaco races were due to take place on 22 and 23 May, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Guanyu Zhou set the fastest lap, but have not finished in the top 10, so he was ineligible to be a point-scorer for the fastest lap. Callum Ilott was the point-scorer instead as he set fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.
- Roy Nissany set the fastest lap, but have not finished in the top 10, so he was ineligible to be a point-scorer for the fastest lap. Yuki Tsunoda was the point-scorer instead as he set fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.
- Roy Nissany set the fastest lap, but have not finished in the top 10, so he was ineligible to be a point-scorer for the fastest lap. Christian Lundgaard was the point-scorer instead as he set fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.
- Jehan Daruvala set the fastest lap, but have not finished in the top 10, so he was ineligible to be a point-scorer for the fastest lap. Guanyu Zhou was the point-scorer instead as he set fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.
- Christian Lundgaard set the fastest lap, but have not finished in the top 10, so he was ineligible to be a point-scorer for the fastest lap. Mick Schumacher was the point-scorer instead as he set fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.
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