F2: Colapinto held on tooth and nail and got a great result at Silverstone :: Olé

F2: Colapinto held on tooth and nail and got a great result at Silverstone :: Olé
F2: Colapinto held on tooth and nail and got a great result at Silverstone :: Olé

07/07/2024 07:06hs.Updated on 07/07/2024 07:25am.

Frank Colapinto rubs shoulders with the best of the Formula 2. With the ghosts of the first races of the year now far away, the Pilar native achieved a consistency that puts him in the the fight for victories and the cutting-edge positions. And this weekend in Silverstonewhere also He made his debut in Formula 1achieved a great result in the final race: he crossed the finish line in fourth place and also set the lap record.

The 21-year-old Argentinian, along with the MP Motorsport team, opted for an alternative strategy to the leading drivers: he started on the hard tyres and finished on the soft tyres, trying to take advantage of his top speed to make a difference at the end. Although he had problems at the start and fell to eighth place (he had started 4th), he remained consistent, turned at a good pace (he led until lap 23 with a 29-second advantage) and took advantage of the last six laps (of the 29 scheduled) to press the accelerator pedal to the floor and start passing his rivals.

Franco Colapinto, Argentine driver in Formula 2. (MP Motorsport)

In that aspect, he was avoiding his opponents, he moved up the leaderboard and he even got within touching distance of the podium. Of course, he was taking more than two seconds per lap off the leaders. However, that pace fell off when it was time to complete the job. So much so that he went from setting the record (which he kept to take an extra unit) to losing all the advantage. In fact, he stopped appearing in Zane Maloney’s mirrors (3rd) and had to worry about Victor Martins (5th). In the end, he resisted tooth and nail, he did not fail in his handling and he saw the checkered flag just before his ART Grand Prix rival.

The winner of the race on the track was Jak Crawford. However, the American received a 10-second penalty and fell to the last place on the podium. Indeed, Isack Hadjar, the new leader of the championship, took the win and Maloney came second. Colapinto was unable to achieve another podium, but he closed a very consistent weekend with a P5 in the Sprint and a P4 in the Feature Race.

Colapinto remains in fifth place in the championship. (@FranColapinto)

Here are the F2 positions

  1. Hadjar 133
  2. Aron 117 (no points this weekend at Silverstone)
  3. Maloney 101
  4. Bortoleto 98
  5. Colapinto 92
  6. Crawford 84
  7. Piles 66
  8. Antonelli 59
  9. Hands 58
  10. Fittipaldi 48
  11. O’Sullivan 42 (Colapinto’s teammate at the Williams Academy)
  12. Marti 38
  13. Bearman 34
  14. Martins 31
  15. Correa 30
  16. Cordeel 25
  17. Duerksen 24
  18. Miyata 19
  19. Verschoor 17
  20. Stanek 14
  21. Barnard 14
  22. Villagómez 8
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