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Spotlight on a Legend: What Happened to the Ford DFV after Formula 1?

As you may have read already, the DFV had more than a staring role in the history of Formula 1. A reputation like that though, attracts attention and many others believed they had the perfect use for the V8 in other forms of motorsport. These are their stories.

Endurance Aspirations

Right from its initial release to the public, the DFV seemed like the ideal solution for many constructors needing an engine for their sportscars. The top class for endurance racing at the time was Group 6, occupying the prototype endurance racers. Meanwhile, limited-production sports and GT cars were housed in Group 4. By the time the DFV appeared, a 3L engine size limit had been written into the Group 6 rulebook. It appeared the timing couldn’t be better.

Ford Europe took it upon themselves to lead the way in this new class. The rules restructuring had rendered their monstrous 7 litre Mk.II and Mk.IV GT40s obsolete. Meanwhile, the 4.9L Mk.I version was still suitable for Group 4 GT racing duties, now in privateer hands. This led their Ford America counterpart to withdraw from the sport, crucially taking their financial clout with them.

The new regulations were designed to phase out the popular big-banger prototypes (Wikimedia Commons)

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Collaborating with Alan Mann Racing, the European team produced the beautiful P68 prototype. This coupe was designed to fully exploit the Group 6 rules. The chassis and suspension closely echoed Grand Prix car designs whilst the aluminium body’s low 0.27 drag coefficient allowed a top speed approaching 220mph. All with the DFV placed at its heart. While initial tests raised some concerns its first race suggested it could be a race winner, qualifying 2nd and leading at times before retiring with driveshaft failure.

Ford’s gorgeous new prototype seemed to have potential early on (Wikimedia Commons)

The Cold Hard Truth

The pretty prototype certainly had potential, but it hid a nasty secret. The slippery body caused chronic instability issues, producing far more downforce on the front axle than the rear. This was fine on compact, low-speed British circuits but terrifying on the high-speed tracks in Europe.

The team stuck at it for 1969, even developing hydraulically-controlled active wings for a spider variant. But the FIA’s ban on high-mount aerofoils soon put pay to that idea. All the while, reliability issues hammered the car. In fact, the P68 failed to finish every event it entered.

Ford took extreme measures to make their new car co-operate (Primotipo)

Ford weren’t alone in trying their luck with the DFV. In fact, most produced much more competent competitors. However, Ford’s high-profile reliability issues, thanks to rushed development and funding restrictions, had hidden the DFV’s own unsuitability. Most issues were caused by it’s flat-plane crank. It allowed much faster engine responses at the cost of greater vibrations. In a long distance race, this escalated such that the V8 often shook itself apart.

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Other issues presented themselves too. Running the Cosworth in a closed body prototype of course meant less air passed over the engine. This wasn’t a problem in a conventional sense, water cooling with radiators managed combustion chamber temperatures as usual. Instead, smaller mechanical components in the top of the engine started to overheat during longer races. The timing gear was particularly vulnerable.

Being designed for single-seater usage, the engine heads were expected to be exposed (Wikimedia Commons)

In a formula car, the engine would be exposed, allowing passing airflow to offer secondary cooling. The shorter sprint races also reduced heat build up in the first place. For endurance, low drag bodies took priority, trapping heat and weakening smaller high speed components, leading to near-inevitable failure.

Fortune Favours the Brave

1975 marked a turning point for the engine’s track record, and at greatest event in endurance racing; the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Due to the ongoing effects of the 1973 Oil Crisis, a minimum fuel stint length of 20 laps was introduced to bring some focus to fuel economy. The front running Alfa Romeo and Renault-Alpine teams knew their cars couldn’t meet this at a reasonable pace and withdrew, while 1974 winners Matra, with nothing left to prove left sportscars for Formula 1.

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This was an opportunity for smaller teams like JWA. Famous for their 1968/9 wins in the Gulf liveried GT40s, they had since become a constructor in their own right with their Mirage prototypes. Given the unique nature of this year’s race JWA prepped their new GR8 for it specifically, focussing on a low drag but highly stable design propelled by the DFV.

Their biggest rivals would be Ligier. Realising they would not be able to homologate their JS2 for the GT classes, they went all out for an overall win, replacing the usual Maserati V6 with a race-ready Cosworth V8 too. For the sake of fuel efficiency, both entries detuned their V8s, dropping the rev limit to 8400 rpm and power down to approximately 380 bhp.

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The Gulf Mirages took first blood, converting their 1-2 start from qualifying into a race lead. The Ligiers had to settle for 3rd and 5th, split by a Joest run Porsche 908. The #10 Mirage of Vern Schuppan and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud led the sister #11 car of Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell initially, untill swapping at the first pitstops. From there they pulled away, both putting a 3 lap lead on the 3rd placed Ligier by 9pm. At half distance, 2 of the 3 Ligiers entered had retired, while the #10 Mirage had lost 5 laps to a gearbox change, dropping it to 3rd behind the remaining JS2, the #5 of Jean Louis Lafosse and Guy Chassuell.

From here, things remained fairly static until late race drama. The leading #11 Mirage had 2 unscheduled stops to remedy gearbox and electrical issues resepectively. This cut their advantage to under 2 laps with just 2 hours remaining. The surviving Ligier was ordered to run flat out to the chequered flag, reliability be damned. As the clock struck 4pm though, they hadn’t done enough. The #11 Mirage of Bell and Ickx took victory by a single lap to the Ligier, while the sister Mirage kept 3rd. A remarkable podium sweep for Cosworth.

The #11 crew would take the 1975 spoils (SuperCars.net)

The sprinter would again succeed at Circuit de la Sarthe under similar circumstances in 1980. Impending rule changes blunted the competition, while torrential race during the early hours dulled the pace. Local hero Jean Rendeau would ultimately succeed, winning a race long game of cat-and-mouse against the much faster Porsche 908/80 of Ickx and Joest in a car of his own design and construction.

Home at Last

As ground effect Group C cars became the premier prototype class, the Cosworth remained popular as it had in F1. However, greater effort was made to make the engine suitable for the role. Known as the DFL, 2 versions were produced. A 3.9L unit catered for the most powerful C1 class, whilst a destroked 3.3L version was aimed at C2. This was the entry point for Group C with reduced costs and stricter fuel allowances on the smaller capacity engines to benefit privateer entries.

Ultimately, the 3.9L DFL still suffered it’s F1 routes, and overall success in the World Sportscar Championship would forever pass it by. Despite the redesign, the flat-plane crankshaft had to be maintained, bringing the familiar high-speed vibrations and concurrent reliability woes with it. Ford had once again tried to lead the way, but their C100 suffered all manner of reliability issues, much akin to its P68 predecessor.

Ford’s factory sportscar efforts continued to struggle in the Group C era (Wikimedia Commons)

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The C2 class was a different story. As mentioned earlier, fuel restrictions were enforced throughout the field; the cars limited to 330 litres for a 1000km race. This allowed teams to run 3.3L DFL engines understressed, especially compared to competitors using smaller turbocharged units, as was often the case.

With time, it became the darling of the category. Courage, Eccurie Eccosse and especially Spice found much success, taking 5 Le Mans class wins and 4 class championships between them. The 3.3 DFL was a faithful powerplant right up to C2’s disillusion in the early 90’s. This marked the slow end for the category as a whole, as it was torn apart from within. But that’s a story for another time.

Spice would be the most successful of C2 competitors (Wikimedia Commons)

The American Dream

It’s no real surprise our staring hero made a home in the States, but it did so under much more controversial circumstances. By 1975, turbocharging dominated Indycar racing, but time was finally catching up with their venerable Offenhauser engines. The unlimited boost pressure teams subjected their engines to was becoming too much too often for the big 4 cylinder, leaving many to search elsewhere for a more reliable option. One such team was Parnelli.

They had working knowledge of the Cosworth DFV through F1, competing with their VPJ4. So, they decided to prepare an experimental version for Indycar duty. After a thorough re-engineering, including a drop in capacity to 2.65 litres, the Cosworth Turbo was ready for the final round of the 1975 USAC season, taking 5th on debut. Buoyed by this strong result, the team committed to a full season the following year with the new engine.

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The project gained momentum and performance throughout 1976, with Parnelli scoring wins at Pocono, Milwaukee and Phoenix to secure 4th in the championship.  All this by a totally independent outfit with no support from Cosworth. Keith Duckworth (the “worth” in Cosworth) was famously against turbocharging and thought the whole project folly. It was a pointless endeavour chasing the 850bhp+ needed for Indycar with an engine only initially designed to produce 500bhp.

But the results didn’t lie. In fact the project had become so successful, Parnelli planned to become a distributor of Cosworth engines for Indycar, inviting Duckworth to Pocono for discussions. Seeing the performance of the Parnelli-Cosworth first hand, Duckworth instead poached 2 of the project’s lead engineers. This brought the design back in-house to Cosworth, allowing them to continue development themselves and cut Parnelli out of the equation.

The turbocharged Cosworth DFX remained popular long into the CART era (Wikimedia Commons)

Big backing only enhanced the engine’s potential, now known as the DFX. It became the next must-have powerplant for Indycar, with Penske, Mclaren and the Lightnings of Fletcher Racing joining Parnelli in Cosworth power for 1977. That year marked the first of 12 straight championship titles for the turbocharged V8, while 10 consecutive Indianapolis 500 wins would follow from 1978 onwards.

So there you have it. How one little engine went on to make its mark all across the globe. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this jaunt through the archives!

Juri Vips Takes F2 Win in an Incident Filled Baku Feature Race.

In a chaotic feature race Hitech Grand Prix driver Juri Vips had a dominant drive as Liam Lawson and Oscar Piastri saw time penalties take them out of contention for the win.

Vips was able to get past Oscar Piastri on the main Pit Straight on Lap 9 after the mandatory pitstop left Piastri in front. The Prema driver was awarded a five second time penalty from the stewards for an unsafe release later in the race.

While Piastri closed in on Vips in the closing laps of the race, the Red Bull junior driver was able to stay ahead without Piastri’s penalty.

Rain overnight meant the track and air temperature around the Baku Street Circuit was much cooler than in the previous two sprint races on Saturday.

Both Hitech GP drivers had a strong start off the line, but Vips had an excellent launch, putting pole sitter Liam Lawson on the back foot.

As chaos unfolded up and down the grid, Oscar Piastri was able to get past Lawson on the first lap. But Lawson made a brave move on the Prema driver on the first safety car restart.

Lawson received a ten second time penalty, which he served at his mandatory pit stop, for forcing Theo Pourchaire off the track on the first lap. “I didn’t do anything to Pourchaire” he said on the radio.

Staying out of trouble, Robert Shwartzman had good pace in the feature race finishing P3, making up positions one by one on the long straights of Baku. The Prema driver was unable to catch his teammate Oscar Piastri as the grid spread out on the closing laps.  

A safety car was required on the first lap when Marcus Armstong was sent into the wall, ending his race along with Theo Pourchaire. The incident, which resulted in a ten second time penalty for Dan Ticktum, saw Ticktum, Armstrong and Pourchaire go three-wide into the corner. 

Ticktum however, recovered to P8 after his ten second stop and go passing David Beckman and Christian Lundgaard.

Felipe Drugovich made up seven places, avoiding the chaos of the first half of the race. With Drugovich getting ahead of Ralph Boschung.

Championship leader Guanyu Zhou had a difficult race with poor race pace, unable to make much progress around the streets of Baku.

The start was aborted as Jack Aitken and Matteo Nannini both had to be pushed into the pitlane after they both lost power. HWA Racelab however, were able to restart Aitkens car and on an alternate strategy made their mandatory pit stop on Lap 23 to finish P11.

Full Classification

More to follow.

Juri Vips wins a chaotic second F2 sprint race in Baku

In a chaotic race under the evening sun around the streets of Baku, Juri Vips displayed impressive pace, despite multiple safety cars, to get ahead of David Beckmann and Bent Viscaal.

Vips made a well calculated pass in the slip stream of Beckmann, using DRS to fly past the Charouz driver and take the top podium position.

While Beckmann had a strong restart after both safety cars, Vips was on his tail staying under a second behind. 

The Red Bull junior driver was putting pressure on the top two right from the start. He made a sensational move on Bent Viscaal around the outside of Turn 1, threading himself through the perfect gap to move himself up the order.

Jehan Deruvala, battled with fellow Red Bull Junior driver Vips on the safety car restart, despite initially failing to keep up with the pace of the top three, Deruvala fought back putting Beckmann in front under pressure while defending from Viscaal and Schwartzman behind.

Dan Ticktum made an impressive come back from the back after Guanyu Zhou collided with him after locking up on the first lap. The second Safety gave the Carlin driver another chance to get himself to finish in the points in P6.

Robert Shwarzman had a consistent race and stayed out of trouble as chaos unfolded in the opening laps of the race. Schwarzman found himself in a DRS train, to finish P5.

Liam Lawson was able to fight back from starting P20, fighting with Oscar Piastri who started P19, wheel to wheel through the middle sector. Lawson finished ahead of Piastri in P7 and P8.

Theo Pourchaire had an unfortunate race after sustaining front wing damage, bringing to an end his chain of consecutive point scoring races to an end, finishing P9.

A second safety car was required as Roy Nissany collided with the rear of Richard Verschoor’s car, sending him into the barrier and out of the race.

Christian Lundgaard, although making progress in the opening laps locked up on the second safety car restart to find himself in the barrier on Turn 1.

Marcus Armstrong had yet another disappointing race after defending well for the opening laps. Armstrong found himself in the barrier after locking up trying to overtake bent Viscaal on the second Safety Car restart. 

Schwartzman leads a dominant drive to win the first sprint race in Baku

Robert Schwartzman has won the first F2 sprint race in Azerbaijan after leading a dominant drive as Dan Ticktum charged up the order to finish P2.

Schwarzman executed the safety car restart perfectly down the long pit-straight of Baku and built up a comfortable two-second gap to those behind.

The Prema driver dominated from start to finish to take his first win this season, making a good start off the line covering off Jehan Deruvala behind.

Dan Ticktum had strong pace around the streets of Baku, getting past both Marcus Armstrong and Ralph Bouchung after the safety car restart. The Carlin driver continued his excellent pace, challenging both Jehan Deruvala and Guanyu Zhou to get himself into second.  

Guanyu Zhou also had a strong race being able to hold back Marcus Armstrong behind in the opening laps. The Uni-Virtuosi driver set his race alight by the 8th Lap, using the long pit straight to his advantage and breezing past Jehan Deruvala with DRS.

It was first lap drama around the streets of Baku as Liam Lawson, who was hit by Felipe Drugovich behind, ending his race in the wall of the first corner of the first lap. Piastri then retired under the safety car on Lap two.

 The Racelab teammates of Jack Aitken and Alessio Deledda were also both out by the second corner of the race.

Theo Pourchaire took the extra two points for the fastest lap and made positive progress after losing out to Juri Vips on the safety car restart. The 17-year-old was able to get the place back in two laps. His race gained momentum, keeping pressure on the top five.

Ralph Boschung struggled to hold onto the pace of the top five, being passed by both Tiktum and Armstrong as well as being put under pressure from Theo Pourchaire but the Campos driver was able to get past Armstrong in the closing laps.

Marcus Armstrong had a largely strong race but was unable to keep the Pourchaire and Ralph Boschung behind to finish P7.

Provisional Classification

F1 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix: FP1 & FP2 report – Red Bull dominates as Mercedes are nowhere to be seen

It’s been two years, but Formula One returns to Baku for Friday practice.

After Red Bull’s dominance over Mercedes in Monaco, it would be interesting to see if Mercedes could make up ground on the charging bulls, but it didn’t seem to be the case.

It was a dominant day for Red Bull, as they set the fastest laps in both sessions today. Mercedes were either having a horrible day or keeping their cards very close to their chest. So let’s see how today’s sessions played out!

FP1

Unsurprisingly, it was Max Verstappen who set the pace in first practice, but he had both Ferraris for company.

However, the talk of FP1 was dominated with the talk of flexi wings. The FIA were doing tests to measure how much various team’s rear wings flexed under high speed.

This debate has been going on for some time now, but the FIA are using this weekend to gather data and then give further guidance to teams.

Back to the on-track action and the mobile Russian chicane was having a field day of ruining people’s laps, including Max Verstappen’s first flying lap. Luckily for the Dutchman, he was able to put in a second flying lap which took him to the top of the timing sheets.

But it was far from plain sailing for the rest of the field as many drivers ended up facing the wrong way throughout the session as they wrestled with the windy conditions.

Yuki Tsunoda almost re-created Mahaveer Raghunathan’s embarrassing Baku moment as he struggled to find reverse after locking up at Turn 4.

It was Turn 15 that drivers were finding the most difficult with Lewis Hamilton, Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz all having their own moments.

Turn 2 had it’s own share of drivers using it’s escape road with Bottas and Norris using it at the same time late on in the session.

So, while Red Bull topped the time sheets, Mercedes could not find time to set a clean lap, so they ended up further down the time sheets. Lewis Hamilton was 7th and Bottas was 10th.

It was the two Ferrari cars who were just behind Verstappen, continuing to show their pace from Monaco and then closely followed by the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo, who is looking to put his Monaco performance behind him.

FP2

The second practice session continued as the first one ended.

Plenty of cars were taking to the escape road, with turn 15 proving to be a real problem for the drivers. For Charles Leclerc it was more than a small problem. Leclerc was on a fast lap before locking both front tyres going down hill and put his Ferrari in the wall.

Luckily, it was not as damaging as his crash at Turn 8 back in 2019. He was able to reverse out of the wall and drive back to the pits for a new front wing.

That incident was not the only stoppage of the session as Nicholas Latifi ran into engine issues which brought his session to end 20 minutes into second practice.

Juts like in Free practice one, it was Red Bull dominance once again with Sergio Perez topping the timing charts with Verstappen just behind.

Ferrari were again just behind both Charging Bulls and despite his crash, Leclerc still put his Ferrari in 4th.

Mercedes were in no man’s land yet again with neither driver breaking into the top 10. On a brighter note though, Mercedes showed that their pace on the medium tyres was very competitive with Red Bull’s pace on the soft tyre.

This could mean that tyre strategy in qualifying tomorrow could be key.

Tyres were a big talking point with both Ferraris complaining of graining on the soft tyres and Max getting vibrations the more laps he did on the soft tyre.

With all this uncertainty with the tyres on longer runs, we could see a mixture of tyre strategies for the race which could make this race very interesting.

Could Ferrari be a competitor this weekend?

In both sessions today Ferrari were asserting themselves as the second fastest team on the grid, only a few tenths off Red Bull.

If not for Leclerc’s crash in qualifying, Ferrari would have had an incredibly positive weekend in Monaco, and they are looking to replicate again this weekend.

Ferrari are showing very strong short-run pace which could cause some upsets in Qualifying so Red Bull will have to be very wary of the Prancing horses would are looking very fast behind them.

FP1 Classifcation

FP2 Classification

Grid Talk podcast

Can’t wait until tomorrow for more F1 content? Why not check out the Grid Talk’s Azerbaijan Prixview hosted by Ruby Price and this week is joined by George Howson, Steve Jackson from Formula Shakedown and Phillip Matthew from the Grid Strip podcast.

Liam Lawson excels in Baku to take maiden pole ahead of Juri Vips

Liam Lawson has taken pole in Azerbaijan beating his fellow Hitech GP teammate Juri Vips by 0.138s.

Lawson set a time of 1:54:217 in the second run around the streets of Baku and will start from the front of the grid in the Feature race on pole.

Vips Lost over four-tenths in the middle sector on Lawson’s time and will undoubtedly be frustrated after setting the fastest time in this mornings Practice session.

Meanwhile, Robert Schwartzman will start from pole position in tomorrows reverse grid sprint race after clinching P10 in the last run of the session.

The conditions were warmer than in this morning’s practice session, with track temperatures as high as 52°C and the drivers took two warmup laps to get the tyres to temperature.

Oscar Piastri had a session characteristic of his performance this season,qualifying P3 ahead of Monaco’s feature race winner, Theo Pourchaire.

Pourchaire had a positive first run, setting fastest laps from the offset, but failed to match the pace of the two High Tech GP drivers in front as the track developed in the closing minutes of the session.

Dan Ticktum also had a positive first run and made a solid attempt at keeping himself in the top five as the lap times got faster, Ticktum opted to get out near the front of the pack in the second run in the hopes to avoid traffic.

Marcus Armstrong had a positive qualifying session after a difficult weekend in Monaco. The Ferrari Driver academy junior took P6 and matched the pace of Ticktum in front.

Guanyu Zhou ran out of sequence in both runs, getting himself into the top ten, to qualify P8 and will start from P3 in the first sprint race.

Christian Lundgaard had a good first run putting himself in P3 but lost out in the second run to qualify P12.

Marino Sato Qualified P19 but will receive a three-place grid penalty from the stewards at the first sprint race for an incident during practice this morning. In addition, the Japanese driver will receive two penalty points.

Roy Nissany did not qualify after hitting the wall at high speed at turn 14 at the end of Free Practice, the team were not able to have his car ready for the qualifying session.

The first race of the weekend is at 11:25am on Saturday morning (Local Time).

Theo Pourchaire takes seamless win in Monaco to become youngest F2 race winner

Theo Pourchaire has taken his first FIA Formula 2 race win after he powered his ART Grand Prix car around the streets of Monaco, converting his Pole Position into P1 on the podium on Saturday.

Pourchaire made a strong start, keeping the Prema of Robert Schwarzman behind him, as he loomed in his mirrors, within two seconds of the 17-year-old.

A seamless pitstop for Pourchaire gave him the final piece to complete a dominant Formula 2 feature race win around the streets of Monte Carlo.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 22: Race winner Theo Pourchaire of France and ART Grand Prix celebrates in parc ferme during the Feature Race of Round 2:Monte Carlo of the Formula 2 Championship at Circuit de Monaco on May 22, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Rose – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Despite starting P3 on the grid Oscar Piastri had a quiet first half of the race, unable to keep up with the pace of Schwartzman and Pourchaire.

 The Prema driver was under pressure from Dan Ticktum, who continued his strong race pace this weekend before later retiring.

The Carlin driver stayed on the tail of Piastri. Ticktum tried to find space around the outside of Rascasse only to find the wall, resulting in a cruel end to his race. “I’m really, really sorry” he said on the radio.

Felipe Drugovich kept out of trouble and alternated his strategy from much of the grid to take the last position on the podium in P3.

Robert Schwarzman had another difficult race with a disastrous pitstop causing the Prema driver to plummet from second, in contention to take the win, to finish in P4.

Guanyu Zhou followed behind in P5. The Uni-Virtuosi driver stretched out his first stint and took the additional two points for fastest lap. Campos’s Ralph Boschung was behind in P6 after struggling to match the pace of the top five.

Liam Lawson pitted early on Lap 8 for his mandatory pitstop and also to change his front wing. A mistake on the right front tyre made it a slow pitstop but the Hitech Grand Prix driver still finished in the points in P7.

A Virtual Safety Car was required when Marcus Armstrong collided with Vips on the exit of Rascasse on Lap 30 bringing to an end a tough weekend for the DAMS driver.

Juri Vips made up for lost time midway through the race and continued his pace despite a sluggish pitstop but the collision with Armstrong resulted in a five second time penalty.

Lirim Zendelli caused the second Virtual safety car of the session as he ended his race in the wall on the same corner on the next lap.

Gianluca Petecof started his race from the pitlane after leaving too late to head to the grid. He received a 10 second time penalty for causing a collision with Jehan Deruvala who received a five second penalty for speeding in the pitlane on his mandatory Pitstop. Before colliding with Gianluca Petecof going into the Nouvelle chicane to end his weekend.

Jack Aitken did not get off the grid, bringing to an end a difficult return to FIA Formula 2 for the Williams Development driver after only qualifying P21 on Thursday.

Final Classification

Liam Lawson Disqualified Promoting Dan Ticktum to sprint race Win

This morning’s sprint race winner Liam Lawson has been disqualified by the stewards for a breach of throttle map use at the race start.

Liam Lawson was called to the steward’s office this morning in relation to the incident.

The stewards gave the reason that Lawson breached article 2.6.5 of the F2 technical regulations which states “Only clutch maps and throttle maps specified in the FIA F2 Team Documentation SFTP Area may be used. These maps must always be used according to their prescriptions.”

After Lawson’s meeting with the stewards they confirmed he would be disqualified from the race – losing his race win.

“The Stewards examined data evidence. They summoned and heard the driver and team representative (Document No 43) and the FIA Technical Delegate.”

 “A defined throttle pedal progressivity map programmed in position 1 of the steering wheel throttle map rotary knob must be used during all formation lap starts and race starts until the car speed reaches 50 km/h. Car 07 used a different throttle map at the race start.”

“Having considered the matter extensively, the Stewards determined that Car 07 was therefore in breach of the Technical Regulations and is therefore disqualified from the results of Race 2.”

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 22: <> during Sprint Race 2 of Round 2:Monte Carlo of the Formula 2 Championship at Circuit de Monaco on May 22, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

This means that Carlin’s Dan Ticktum will be promoted to first position in the sprint race gaining three more points in the championship and his second win in FIA Formula 2. Oscar Piastri inherits third with Juri Vips taking the remaining podium position in third.  

This morning, Ticktum started P5 on the grid and had an impressive start getting past Theo Pourchaire. The Williams development driver found his confidence behind the wheel in the second half of the sprint race, as the track dried out. The Carlin driver outbreaked Piastri into the Nouvelle Chicane, threading his car up the inside of the Prema, to place himself in second.

Lawson had a slow start off the grid but The Red Bull Junior driver kept the pressure on Piastri in the opening stages of the race and after battling through the Nouvelle chicane, where Piastri failed to keep his car on the track, Lawson made an inch-perfect move on the inside of Piastri on the inside of Rascasse.

Juri Vips moved himself from sixth up to finish in fourth as he gained confidence in the drying conditions.

Liam Lawson Leads a Confident Drive To Win Second Sprint Race in Monaco

Liam Lawson led a confident drive around the wet streets of Monte Carlo this morning, making a magnificent move on Oscar Piastri up the inside of Rascasse on Lap 5 to finish on the top of the podium in the second sprint race.

Lawson was jumped by Oscar Piastri off the grid on the start as the Prema driver found more grip on the drier side of the grid but the Hitech Grand Prix driver’s confidence in the damp conditions was evident.

The Red Bull Junior driver kept the pressure on Piastri in the opening stages of the race and after battling through the Nouvelle chicane, where Piastri failed to keep his car on the track, Lawson made an inch-perfect move on the inside of Piastri on the inside of Rascasse.

The reverse-grid pole-sitter, Marcus Armstrong had an unlucky morning. After failing to make it to the grid, Armstrong started from the pitlane before retiring on Lap 3, going deep into the turn 1 runoff.

Dan Ticktum led a strong drive, putting Lawson under pressure on the safety car restart on Lap 25, after a collision between Bent Viscaal and David Beckman into turn 1.

Ticktum found his confidence behind the wheel in the second half of the sprint race, as the track dried out. The Carlin driver outbreaked Piastri into the Nouvelle Chicane, threading his car up the inside of the Prema, to place himself in second.

Juri Vips moved himself from sixth up to finish in fourth as he gained confidence in the drying conditions .

Ralph Boschung, finished in 6th after holding back Roy Nissany, Jehan Deruvala and Richard Verschoor as the track dried out. Nissany stayed on Boschung’s tail but made a number of clumsy moves and retired after making contact with the wall on lap 24.  

Uni- Virtuosi had a race to forget, pitting their drivers, Guanyu Zhou and Felipe Drugovich on lap 11 for slick tyres. The gamble didn’t pay off with Zhou switching back to wets after three laps struggling to get his tyres up to temperature.

Gianluca Petecof made contact at the start and ended his race in the barrier of Turn 1 at the race start and wasn’t the only driver to make the excursion to the runoff at turn 1 during the race.

The feature race in Monte Carlo is at 17:15 (Local Time) UTC+2 today where ART Grand Prix driver Theo Pourchaire will start on pole ahead of Robert Schwartzman and Oscar Piastri.

Provisional Classification

Guanyu Zhou takes second race win after a dominant drive in Monaco

Guanyu Zhou has extended his championship lead after winning the first sprint race in Monaco, leading a dominant drive converting his reverse grid pole into a sprint race win.

Zhou had a strong start off the line and into Turn 1 defending from Christian Lundgaard who took second position off the line (before later retiring) from Zhou’s teammate Felipe Drugovich who made it a Uni-Virtuosi 1-2. 

The Alpine junior driver led a dominant drive, opening the gap to second placed Lundgaard in the First half of the race, pulling out over a two second lead. Zhou increased his gap to the rest of the grid throughout the race.

A late safety car, caused by Gianluca Petecof’s collision with the wall, eliminated Zhou’s gap to the rest of the grid but a wall judged restart and the struggling tires of fellow Uni-Virtuosi driver and second placed Felipe Drugovich led to Zhou’s second race win of the season.

Roy Nissany took his maiden podium position in F2, finishing third, after inheriting the position due to the retirement of Lundgaard running in second. Nissany defended from Campos driver Ralph Boschung in 4th after the safety car restart, to take his best ever finish.  

The triumph of Lap 1 turned to heartbreak for Lundgaard by Lap 15; retiring from the race after suffering engine problems which left his ART-Grand-Prix car smoking and leaking oil around the streets of Monte Carlo.

Schwartzman continued his difficult start to the season, having collided with the wall on the first lap, which led to retirement. The Prema driver will start near the back of the field in the second sprint race.

Alessio Deledda was permitted by the FIA stewards to race in Monaco this weekend despite failing to post a time within the 107% of the fastest time set in Group B of qualifying on Thursday. He finished a lap down to the rest of the grid. The steward did not give a reason as to why Deledda was permitted to start the race

Marcus Armstrong spectacularly took 10th place from Jehan Daruvala in the closing corner of the race to start tomorrow’s sprint race from pole

Marcus Armstrong will start the second sprint race from pole tomorrow. Lights out 8:20am (Local Time) UTC+2

Final Classification

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