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With less than a week until the Formula 2 season kicks off in Sakhir, we finally have a confirmed list of who will be driving for who throughout the season. It will be contested over 8 rounds (opposing the F3 calendar) in a slightly tweaked format of two Sprint Races on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Feature Race on Sunday.
Prema Racing 🇮🇹
- #1 – Robert Schwartzman 🇷🇺 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 4th
- #2 – Oscar Piastri 🇦🇺 – 2020 FIA Formula 3 Champion
With Mick Schumacher and Prema Racing victorious last season, they are hot favourites to take the crown once more with the young Russian Robert Schwartzman being one of the favourites to win it all. 2020 Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri will be looking to make a quick start after graduating into Formula 2 machinery, he’s the rookie to look out for this season.
UNI-Virtuosi Racing 🇬🇧
- #3 – Guanyu Zhou 🇨🇳 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 6th
- #4 – Felipe Drugovich 🇧🇷 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 9th
Off the back of his F3 Asian Championship win last month, Guanyu Zhou will be hoping to mount a serious title challenge in his third season of Formula 2. Felipe Drugovich takes the empty seat following his departure from MP Motorsport after a season full a highs and lows for the Brazilian. Although he took three race wins in 2020, he will be hoping for more consistency this season after finishing outside the point eleven times.
- #5 – Dan Ticktum 🇬🇧 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 11th
- #6 – Jehan Daruvala 🇮🇳 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 12th
Dan Ticktum jumps from DAMS to the British outfit of Carlin. The Brit will be hoping to replicate some of his successes from last season at his new team. Jehan Daruvala stays at Carlin for another season, his fourth season with them in five years. After winning the final race of the 2020 season in Sakhir, the Indian will hope to pick up where he left off.
Hitech Grand Prix 🇬🇧
- #7 – Liam Lawson 🇳🇿 – 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship: 5th
- #8 – Jüri Vips 🇪🇪 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 16th
Liam Lawson graduates to Formula 2 after finishing the 2020 Formula 3 season in fifth place. As former champion of the Toyota Racing Series, New Zealand’s premier open-wheel category, he will be another rookie to look out for throughout the season. 2021 will be Jüri Vips’ first full Formula 2 season, after he replaced DAMS driver Sean Gelael for eight races last season. He impressed in his short time on the F2 grid, grabbing a podium in Mugello.
ART Grand Prix 🇫🇷
- #9 – Christian Lundgaard 🇩🇰 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 7th
- #10 – Théo Pourchaire 🇫🇷 – 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship: 2nd
Going into his second full F2 campaign, Lundgaard will be another one who will be mounting a championship challenge. The young Danish driver took 2 race wins with 4 podiums on top of that in the 2020 season. His team-mate, Théo Pourchaire, is coming into his first full season of Formula 2. He narrowly missed out on last years F3 crown but with some F2 experience last season, he’ll be raring to go.
MP Motorsport 🇳🇱
- #11 – Richard Verschoor 🇳🇱 – 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship: 9th
- #12 – Lirim Zendeli 🇩🇪 – 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship: 8th
The final driver to be announced for the season, Richard Verschoor, is another graduate from Formula 3 who became the first Dutch driver to win the Macau Grand Prix in 2019. His team-mate is the young German, Lirim Zendeli, who also graduates from Formula 3 after an eighth place finish in the championship last season which saw him take two pole positions and one race win at Spa.
Charouz Racing System 🇨🇿
- #14 – David Beckmann 🇩🇪 – 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship: 6th
- #15 – Guilherme Samaia 🇧🇷 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 24th
Guilherme Samaia’s move to Charouz will be a breath of fresh air for the Brazilian, who didn’t manage to score a point last season with his former team, Campos Racing. He is paired up with another graduate from Formula 3, Beckmann. The young German won at Silverstone and the Hungaroring last season and could be another rookie to watch out for.
- #16 – Roy Nissany 🇮🇱 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 19th
- #17 – Marcus Armstrong 🇳🇿 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 13th
Despite making a few test appearances in the F1 Free Practice with Williams Racing, Nissany didn’t really have a great season in Formula 2. He placed 19th in the overall standings and will be hoping for a better season, especially being paired with Armstrong who could be a championship contender.
Campos Racing 🇪🇸
- #20 – Gianluca Petecof 🇧🇷 – 2020 Formula Regional European Champion
- #21 – Ralph Boschung 🇨🇭 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 25th
Ralph Boschung returns to Formula 2 for his fourth full season, although he did take part in last years Sakhir round in replacement of Jack Aitken. Petecof has jumped from winning the Formula Regional Championship straight into Formula 2 and will pair the Swiss.
HWA Racelab 🇩🇪
- #22 – Matteo Nannini 🇮🇹 – 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship: 18th
- #23 – Alessio Deledda 🇮🇹 – 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship: 34th
Another team with a line-up of Formula 3 graduates. Matteo Nannini, nephew of former F1 driver, Alessandro Nannini, is taking up duties in both Formula 3 and Formula 2 this season. He partners another Italian, Deledda, who finished the 2020 Formula 3 season in 34th place without scoring a single point…
- #24 – Marino Sato 🇯🇵 – 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship: 22nd
- #25 – Bent Viscaal 🇳🇱 – 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship: 13th
Marino Sato returns for his second season at Trident in the championship and will be hoping for a better campaign after managing to only score a single point throughout last season. His team-mate is Formula 3 graduate Bent Viscaal, who finished 13th in the championship but did take home a win at Silverstone and a podium in Hungary.