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F2 & F3 Silverstone
Collecting important championship points
Publiée le July 3, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
Collecting important championship points
Felipe and the team scored good points in the seventh round of the Formula 2 championship. In the first race on Saturday, due to a rain shower on a very wet track, Felipe finished fifth. Clément started from the seventh position, and with some nice overtaking actions finished 13th.
Sunday’s race had different conditions, being dry and sunny. With a late overtaking move in the final corners of the Silverstone circuit, Felipe gained the fourth position. Clément was doing well, he had a mega opening lap gaining 6 positions, and was on his way to scoring points. Unfortunately, at the end of the race, he finished 13th.
Current driver standings: P1 Felipe Drugovich – 148 points P15 Clément Novalak – 22 points Current team standings: P1 MP Motorsport – 170 points
Unfortunately, Alex Smolyar could not drive this weekend because of problems with the English visa system. Filip Ugran took over his position. Filip hadn’t driven a Formula 3 car for more than half a year, but nevertheless put in a good race on Sunday where he finished 19th. On Saturday, he finished 23rd.
Both races were dry races for Formula 3, compared to Saturday for Formula 2. Caio was on his way to a podium place, but was overtaken on the last lap and finished fourth. Sunday’s race was smoother than Saturday’s race, where he finished outside the points in 11th place. Kush had a good race on Saturday where he finished fourth, but a disappointing Sunday race where he finished 20th behind Filip. After post-race penalties due to track limits, he fell back to P22.
Both the Formula 2 and Formula 3 teams will race next weekend in Spielberg, Austria, where they will once again join the Formula 1 championship.
Current driver standings: P8 Caio Collet – 30 points P9 Alex Smolyar – 28 points P15 Kush Maini – 17 points Current team standings: P5 MP Motorsport – 75 points
Publiée le June 14, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
Important podium in Baku
Felipe and the team have taken their sixth podium of the season, by finishing third in the Feature Race. Teammate Clément had a tougher weekend after having technical issues. It started during the practice session when Clément hit the wall and couldn’t continue. With zero experience on the Baku track, he qualified on P20. Felipe qualified fifth.
During the race on Saturday, important points were already gained by Felipe, who finished fifth. On Sunday, in the chaos of the Baku street circuit, he added his sixth podium of the season. Felipe’s goal was mainly to stay out of trouble and finish with points again. This meant he sometimes had to back off and lose a position, but being patient, he would be able to get those positions back in the end.
With both results during the weekend in Azerbaijan, Felipe has continued his consistency. He has scored points in all races except one in Monaco, where he had to retire early due to a puncture. This consistency puts both him and the team at the top of the championship standings.
The Formula 2 team now has a week of rest, after which the championship moves to Silverstone, England.
Current driver standings: P1 Felipe Drugovich – 132 points P15 Clément Novalak – 22 points
Current team standings: P1 MP Motorsport – 154 points
Publiée le May 31, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
Felipe takes the magic Monaco win
Felipe has taken his fourth win of the season in Monaco. The weekend started differently from usual, as the grid was split into two qualifying groups. Felipe had the fastest lap when all drivers of group A went for their final fast lap. Felipe was improving but lost it in the final corner and couldn’t finish his lap. Due to some drivers not slowing down under yellow flags in the final sector, Felipe got promoted to pole for the Feature Race. Clément qualified 8th in group B, meaning he would start from P14 on Saturday’s grid.
Saturday was a day to forget for us. During the opening lap, Felipe got touched which resulted in a puncture. He had to come in for a pit stop and later in the race when the team was sure he wouldn’t receive post-race penalties for speeding in the pitlane, he retired the car. Clément was having a solid race, but got hit by Iwasa and couldn’t continue. The Feature Race on Sunday didn’t finish much better for Clément. This time he was hit by Lawson when he tried to overtake Clément at the Grand Hotel Hairpin. Felipe had to defend from Theo Pourchaire the entire race, in the end, there was no rubber left on his tyres. He managed to keep Pourchaire behind him and saw the finish line first.
Current driver standings: P1 Felipe Drugovich – 113 points P15 Clément Novalak – 22 points
Current team standings: P1 MP Motorsport – 135 points
Formula 2 will be back in Baku in two weeks.
Publiée le May 24, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
Three times podium!
We had a great weekend in Barcelona, where Felipe Drugovich won two races!
For the first time in the current F2 era, a driver won two races in one weekend. Felipe took the lead right from the start in yesterday’s race, where he started from P4 after receiving a 3-grid penalty for impeding during qualifying. Clément had a solid race, but he lost a few positions due to having a wide moment in the final lap.
The Feature Race was a mega race for both Felipe and Clément. Felipe came from P10 and started on soft tyres. He took everything out of the tyres and pitted at lap 18. Clément started on hard tyres and switched to soft tyres after 24 laps. Within a few laps on fresh hard tyres, Felipe caught Doohan and took the lead of the race. Meanwhile, Clément was driving through the grid to the fifth position. A result with double points for the team, and two wins for Felipe. Felipe is now leading the championship with a 26 point gap. The team is still leading the Team’s Championship!
Current driver standings: P1 Felipe Drugovich – 86 points P14 Clément Novalak – 22 points Current team standings: P1 MP Motorsport – 108 points
The following Formula 2 race is in the upcoming weekend when they join Formula 1 in Monaco.
After having a tough round in Imola, our team recovered in Barcelona.
The results started great for Alex on Friday, when he qualified third. Both Alex and Caio were back in the top 10, scoring points in both races. Kush got stuck in traffic during the qualifying session, which led to him starting both races from P22. Immediately in the opening lap of the Sprint Race, Alex had a great fight with Bearman for the sixth position. It was Alex who had more grip and pace so he claimed the position right before the chicane. Both Alex and Caio had more pace than a few cars in front of them, and in the final few laps, Caio overtook Correa for the final podium position. Kush had a solid recovery and finished P17, coming from P22. Alex finished in the points on P6.
The Feature Race was one with multiple safety cars, compared to the Sprint Race. Kush received a 10-second penalty after he collided with Villagomez, whose race finished in the barrier. It was a good race for Alex and Caio, and with a lot of action on track, the top 10 mostly remained the same after the opening laps. Alex finished fourth and Caio seventh.
Current driver standings: P6 Alex Smolyar – 28 points P11 Caio Collet – 18 points P16 Kush Maini – 10 points Current team standings: P5 MP Motorsport – 56 points
It will take some weeks before we can see Formula 3 in action again. Their next weekend is Silverstone, which will take place in the first weekend of July.
Publiée le April 28, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
Formula 2 and 3 were back for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola. It was the first time for both F2 and F3 to drive in Imola. Friday, the first track day of the weekend, started with a lot of rain. F2’s practice session had to be rescheduled, as the track was too wet for the session to continue. Later in the day, Formula 2 was still able to qualify.
F3 Qualifying results:
P9 Caio Collet P10 Kush Maini P15 Alex Smolyar
F2 Qualifying results
P12 Felipe Drugovich P13 Clément Novalak
F3 Sprint Race 1
Kush and Caio started on the second row in the Sprint Race, on P3 and P4. Kush had a good start and took P2, but later in the race, he would get a drive-through penalty for standing outside of the box during the start. Caio also had a good start and was driving behind Kush on P3. It didn’t take long before Caio also overtook Kush for the second position. Alex gained one position during the start and was driving on P14. In the fourth lap, Caio overtook Colapinto for the lead of the race. Kush had to defend a lot, but by the seventh lap, he was overtaken by Hadjar for P3.
In the 9th lap, the safety car was deployed after two separate incidents in the same and final corner. Caio had a good restart of the race, but Kush was immediately put under pressure by Martins who overtook him. Not quickly after that, we got another safety car. With 3 laps to go, the grid raced again and Caio kept the lead. In the meantime, Alex had driven himself towards P10, coming from P15. In the final lap of the race, Caio was overtaken by Colapinto for the lead of the race. When defending, Caio crashed with Hadjar and couldn’t continue. An absolute heartbreak for both Caio and the team. Alex drove a very decent race and finished 9th, Kush finished 20th due to his penalty.
F2 Sprint Race
Felipe had a mega start and made up 6 positions in the first lap. Clément had an unfortunate start, as Beckmann spun in front of him and he couldn’t avoid him. He had to come in for a new front wing, which brought him to the back of the grid on P20. In the 9th lap, Felipe overtook Boschung for the sixth position. Boschung had a problem and parked his car not much later next to the track.
Felipe was stuck in a battle for P4 in the final laps with 2 other drivers. On lap 24, he overtook Sargeant for the fifth position and made up 7 positions in the race. These points were very important for the championship, as Felipe kept the lead on Saturday.
F3 Feature Race
Right before the race was about to start, some rain fell down and the track was declared wet. Caio and Alex both started on wet tyres, while Kush started the race on slicks. The strategy worked out perfectly for Caio and Alex, who started on P9 and P15. Within a few corners, Caio took the lead in the race and Alex was driving on P3. Both had much more grip than the other drivers in the top 10. Unfortunately, the strategy couldn’t be fully used as the safety car had to be deployed by the second lap. Caio and Alex came into the pits to change to slicks and ended at the back of the grid. Kush was still driving within the points on P9.
The track quickly started to dry up, so bringing Caio and Alex in for slicks was a good decision. Caio and Alex we’re quickly driving on P20 and P22. By the 7th lap, the safety car had to be deployed again. Kush was driving on P6 when the race restarted and had a very decent race overall! Caio and Alex both overtook a lot of cars and finished on P13 and 15. But it’s Kush who got his first points of the season by finishing 6th. After post-race penalties, he was promoted to P5.
Current driver standings: P12 Alex Smolyar – 11 points P13 Kush Maini – 10 points P16 Caio Collet – 4 points
Current team standings: P5 MP Motorsport – 25 points
F2 Feature Race
Felipe started on medium tyres and Clément on softs. They both had a good start, but after an incident during the start between Doohan and Hauger, the safety car was deployed. Felipe was driving on P6 and Clément on P12. Both made up positions, and quickly gained another position when Vips crashed. The safety car was deployed again, and Clément came in for a pitstop to switch to mediums. By lap 15, Felipe was driving on P4 and Clément on P14.
Nissany crashed into the wall by the pitlane on lap 21. A virtual safety car was deployed and the pitlane was closed, as it was full of debris. Felipe still hadn’t pitted by the 27th lap and was hoping for another safety car to the end of the race. Clément was now driving on P8 with only 4 more laps to go, going towards his first points! The safety car came in the final laps, but it was deployed as a virtual safety car. In Formula 2 you aren’t allowed to pit under a VSC. When Felipe passed the pitlane, the full safety car was deployed and therefore he couldn’t gain an advantage from it. In the end, he finished 10th, and still scored a point. Clément finished 4th and was finally rewarded with points this season! Due to both cars scoring points, the team is now leading the championship for the first time in F2’s history. A mega job from the team.
Current driver standings: P2 Felipe Drugovich – 50 points P15 Clément Novalak – 12 points Current team standings: P1 MP Motorsport – 62 points
The next Formula 2 and Formula 3 round is in Barcelona, on 20-22 May.
Publiée le March 29, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
Mega weekend for the team
Round two for Formula 2 and what a weekend it was for the team. It started with the practice session, which Felipe topped and Clément finished on P8. Like in the practice session, the qualifying session also saw red flags. Half the grid had set a fast lap, but both Felipe and Clément’s times were good for P13 and P15. After a third red flag, only 5 minutes were left. Only a few drivers went out, including Felipe and Clément. Both advantaged from the quiet track where they found gaps and set good laps. Felipe’s pole lap was 6-tenths quicker than Armstrong’s, who was at that moment sitting on pole position.
F2 Qualifying results
P1 Felipe Drugovich P12 Clément Novalak
Due to a grid penalty Clément received for impeding during qualifying, he had to start from P15 instead of P12. Felipe had a good start, starting from the 10th position, and remained his position in the opening lap. By the second lap, he gained a position for P9, Clément also gained a position and was driving on P14. Right after that, Cordeel crashed and the safety car had to come out. By the 6th lap, the safety car went back in but not for long. During the restart Doohan and Sargeant crashed, which brought out the safety car again. Fortunately, both drivers walked away from the incident.
With 6 laps to go, Felipe was driving on P7 and Clément on P14. A fight between Vips, Armstrong and Iwasa for P4 was happening right in front of Felipe. He could take advantage of it, and with 3 laps to go, he overtook for P5. Clément was fighting with Fittipaldi for P12. In the final lap, Felipe takes P4, who had a mega set up all weekend and a great pace.
After a post-race penalty for Hughes, who finished 3rd, Felipe was promoted to the podium and took his first podium of the season. Clément finished in the 13th position.
F2 Feature Race
Because of a penalty for Doohan, Clément started from P11 instead of P12. Felipe started from pole and had a good start where he kept the lead. The drivers were on different strategies. Clément started on medium tyres and Felipe on softs. The opening laps of the race were clean with no incidents. Felipe immediately started to create a gap of 6-tenths. By the 5th lap, Verschoor tried to take the lead but Felipe kept the position. Clément was driving on P13 and fighting with Hughes for P12.
During the 9th lap of the race, Felipe comes in for a pit stop. He switches from the soft to the medium tyres. One lap later, Verschoor came in for a pit stop but Felipe kept the lead. Clément was now driving on P3, with the complete top 7 yet to pit. With 10 laps to go, both on old tyres, Clément and Doohan were fighting for the second position. Not much later Clément came in to switch to the soft tyres. Felipe dominated the race and in the final lap, he had a gap of 2.5 seconds, when he crossed the line for the chequered flag! Clément finished the race on P14 but showed some great battles during the weekend.
Current driver standings: P1 Felipe Drugovich – 45 points P18 Clément Novalak – 0 points
Current team standings: P2 MP Motorsport – 45 points
Formula 2 is back in Imola, from 22-24 April. Formula 3 will join them again.
Publiée le March 21, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
The first race of the calendar!
That’s it! We have kicked off the new 2022 calendar with the first round, in Bahrain. Both Formula 2 and Formula 3 are driving together on the same tracks again, supporting Formula 1. The qualifying session for F3 was a busy one. Alex was setting a very fast lap but unfortunately, he was hindered in the final sector and couldn’t finish it. Kush set a lap together which was good for P3, but as he missed the weighbridge moment during the session, he had to start both races from the pitlane.
F3 Qualifying results:
P8 Alex Smolyar P13 Caio Collet PL Kush Maini
The F2 weekend started great with a P1 and P4 for Felipe and Clément in the practice session, with only a 1 second between the top 13. Felipe set the tenth fastest time in the qualifying session, meaning he would start from pole position in the Sprint Race.
F2 Qualifying results
P10 Felipe Drugovich P18 Clément Novalak
F3 Sprint Race 1
Alex started the Sprint Race from P5, due to the penalty Kush received, Caio started from P12. Alex had a good start and was quickly attacking for P4, but Maloney took that opportunity to overtake Alex for P5. Caio gained two positions in the first three opening laps. By lap 6, Kush was already driving on P18. He had gained 12 positions in the first 6 laps.
Caio was in a fight with Leclerc and Vidales for P9. In lap 9, Caio overtook Vidales for P8. With only 5 laps left, Alex was driving on P5 and Kush made it to P15. Alex overtook O’Sullivan for P4 and in the final 2 laps, Alex managed to overtake Maloney and gained himself a podium place. Caio finished on P7 and Kush on P15. Good points for the team, and a promising start for Kush!
F2 Sprint Race
Felipe started from pole but had a difficult start, and fell back to P6. Clément had a good start, where he gained 4 positions and found himself back on P14. In lap 4, Armstrong was spun around which brought out the safety car. Felipe took back P5 during the restart when the safety car went in again. He immediately fought with Lawson for P4, but went wide and had to lift.
With 10 laps to go, Clément was driving on P12, gaining 6 positions. Clément and Hughes collided in lap 16, Hughes had to retire and Clément needed to visit the pitlane for a new front wing. This brought him back to the back of the grid, and he received a 10-second penalty for the collision. Felipe finished the race on P5, and Clément on P19.
F3 Feature Race
The Feature Race seemed to start well for both Alex and Caio. However, in the opening lap, Maloney went slow. Ciao had to leave the track to avoid hitting him. When he re-entered the track, he hit a kerb and his car jumped in the air. Unfortunately, his suspension broke and after only one lap his race was finished.
The safety car had to come out which was good for Kush. During the restart, Alex drove to P3. By lap 9, Kush made it to P21. Alex was fighting with Correa, but due to a small collision with Stanek, he had damaged his floor. Alex dropped back to P6. Alex and Hadjar were battling wheel to wheel when Alex touched the rear tyre of Hadjar. Hadjar was left with a puncture, and Alex received a 10-second penalty. Kush was driving on P21 and fighting with 4 cars. In the end, he finished on P17. Alex finished as 8th, but due to the penalty, he dropped down to P23.
F2 Feature Race
Both Clément and Felipe started the Feature Race on the hard tyres. Felipe lost a few places during the start, finding himself on P15, right in front of Clément who drove on P16. It didn’t take long before the team brought Felipe in to switch to soft tyres, as those were working better on track. Felipe was one of the first in lap 10 who came in for a pit stop, it brought him back on track on P19. Clément was now driving on P13. In lap 14, Clément tumbled down the order due to an engine failure and had to retire.
The strategy was working out for Felipe, as by lap 15 he was driving on P8, as he also set the fastest lap. By lap 17, Felipe was driving on P2 but was overtaken by Pourchaire who had fresher tyres. By lap 25, Felipe was mostly taking care of his tyres and lasting them as long as possible. He was driving on P4 when the safety car came out on lap 27. While the cars were following the safety car, there were two separate incidents in the pitlane, which resulted in a closed pitlane for all drivers. There were two laps left when the safety car went in, Felipe lost two positions and finished on P6. Coming from P10 and having 20 laps old soft tyres, the points were well deserved.
Formula 2 is back next weekend, in Jeddah. Formula 3’s next round is in Imola on 22-24 April, when it joins F2 again.
Publiée le February 27, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
The start of a new era
We have worked flat out with the team in the past couple of years, to help talents reach their goals. We’ve done this by giving them the best possible equipment and support. As it is known, motorsport is an expensive sport. This meant it could be difficult for drivers to provide funding for a complete season. We want to change this by approaching this matter differently.
With a new branding, including a new logo and livery, we are entering a new era. We are bringing back Dutch glory by focusing on the color orange. In collaboration with Superrebel, we want to inspire new talents and build new relationships. Relationships that can give talents with a smaller budget a chance to prove themselves on track. The ambition of the team is to accelerate talent.
To accelerate ac·cel·er·ate | verb To move faster: to gain speed The car slowly accelerated. The pace of change has accelerated in recent months.
The team was founded in 1994, and since that moment we have always had the same logo. A logo we have won races with, faced difficult times, and have won championships with. After 28 years it’s time for a new, fresh logo, which visualizes the beginning of our new era. An era where we want to support our talents on all fronts and thus accelerate their talent.
We have not only changed our logo and strategy, but we have also designed a completely new livery in collaboration with Bink Design. The livery is inspired by the triangular shapes in our new logo. The arrows visualize the previously mentioned speeding up. “I found the inspiration for this livery from older generations of MP Motorsport cars,” indicates Bink. “We really wanted to aim for a real, but modern style. One that completely fits the accelerating talent idea. The livery has to fit with the story behind the team and the new branding.”
You can find the new livery on our Formula 2, FRECA, and Formula 4 cars. Our Formula 3 team will again drive in the colors of Alpine, because of our good cooperation with the Alpine Academy.
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Together we will succeed in our mission to give talented people equal chances in motorsport. Let’s work together and make a change!
Felipe Drugovich will return to MP Motorsport after a successful FIA Formula 2 debut season with the Dutch outfit in 2020. The Brazilian driver will join rookie Clément Novalak who already raced for MP’s FIA F2 squad in the final two rounds of the 2021 championship.
The 21-year-old rejoins the Dutch team with the aim of continuing the cooperation that led to a highly successful FIA F2 rookie year with MP, their efforts delivering them three wins, four podiums, and a pole position.
“I’m really delighted to reconnect with MP for my third season in FIA F2”, said Drugovich. “I have such wonderful memories of my debut season with them in 2020, starting off with a win in my very first F2 weekend and collecting two more victories after that. The team and I are eager to repeat that form in 2022, and then some more!”
“It’s great news to have Felipe return to the old nest, we’re really happy to welcome him back at MP”, said MP Motorsport team principal Sander Dorsman. “We gelled so nicely back in 2020, and with Felipe’s added experience I’m convinced we can do it all over again or even improve on our 2020 form. I’m also pleased that we have our line-up confirmed this early in the winter season. Having both Drugo and Clem on board so soon means that we can fully focus on the season ahead, and prepare ourselves as best we can.”
Before his two seasons in FIA F2, Drugovich raced in FIA F3 in 2019 and was the dominant Euroformula Open champion in 2018, a title run marked by an unprecedented 14 wins, 10 poles, and 10 fastest laps. He preceded that by also acing the 2017-’18 MRF Challenge winter series, claiming 10 wins on his way to the title, while his 2017 ADAC F4 campaign took him to third in the series with 7 race wins. After a strong national and international career in karting, Drugovich made his car racing debut in 2016, starting out in the German ADAC F4 series, after which his first single-seater win came in the 2016-’17 MRF Challenge.
Publiée le December 14, 2021 par Lois de Bruin
The final race weekend of the season for MP Motorsport
The final round of the season was held in Abu Dhabi again, after last year’s finale was in Bahrain due to COVID. The weekend started with a promising practice session, with Jack setting the second-fastest time and Clément the 5th fastest time. Qualifying was as successful for Jack as the practice session, where he set a mega lap which got him to P2, meaning he could start from the front row on Sunday’s Feature Race. Clément had a tougher qualifying session and couldn’t set down a full lap, he qualified on P20.
P2 Jack Doohan P20 Clément Novalak
Sprint Race 1
A good start for Jack and Clément, but Jack went wide in the opening lap and lost 2 positions. Clément remained on the same position during the opening lap. Jack stayed close to Armstrong who was driving in front of him on P10. By the 17th lap, Clément was driving on P17, gaining 3 positions. Not much has changed for the midfield during the race, Jack finished on P11, just missing out one reversed pole position, and Clément on P17.
Sprint Race 2
In the second Sprint Race, a lot more happened compared to the first race. The opening laps were chaotic with many attacks on the grid. At some point, Jack was driving with 3 other drivers next to him going into turn 6. It gained Jack one position, driving on P10. Clément lost two positions in the chaotic opening and found himself on P19. In lap 4, the safety car had to come out when Deledda and Caldwell crashed, and Deledda couldn’t continue. After 3 laps the safety car went back in, and Jack overtook Pourchaire for P9. After Nissany, Vips, and Piastri made contact, we had another safety car. During the restart, race leader Armstrong had technical issues and couldn’t continue. This brought Jack to P8 and Clément to P17.
Jack was fighting with Lawson and Nissany for P7, but he ended on the dirty side of the track, therefore both Lawson and Nissany were able to overtake Jack. Nissany and Lundgaard made contact, and Nissany had to pit. Bringing Jack back to P8, Clément was now driving on P14 when he overtook Caldwell. Both Clément and Jack gained 3 positions during the race, finishing on P14 and P8, which meant Jack finished in the points again!
Jack started from P2 for the Feature Race, both he and Clément started on medium tyres, while most other cars in the top 10 started on soft tyres. Jack defended his second position against Zhou, which wasn’t the easiest to do with the cold tyres but he held on and stayed ahead. Jack went wide during the opening lap, while still defending Zhou, and lost his car. Fortunately, he was doing well, after hitting the wall at a high-speed moment on the track.
Clément had a very good few opening laps and was quickly driving on P13 by lap 5 when we went back racing after Jack’s incident. By lap 10, most cars who were driving on soft tyres came in for their pitstop, this got Clément to P6. With 9 more laps to go, Clément came in for a pit stop and changed to the soft tyres. He rejoined the track on P18. Within 2 laps, he overtook 2 cars and was driving on P16. In the final laps he overtook 2 more cars and finished on P14!
Publiée le December 6, 2021 par Lois de Bruin
The first F2 race weekend for Clément and Jack!
Clément Novalak and Jack Doohan have completed their first Formula 2 race weekend in their career. Formula 2 was back since their last race weekend in September, when we went to Sochi, and now joined Formula 1 on a brand new track in Jeddah. It was an eventful weekend with ups and downs, for both of our drivers. Clément qualified on P12 for Sunday’s Feature Race, but due to a 3-grid place penalty he received in the second Sprint Race, he had to start from P15.
P12 Clément Novalak P16 Jack Doohan
Sprint Race 1
Both Jack and Clément had a clean and good start, but due to a crash between Samaia and Sato in the opening lap, the safety car had to come out immediately. In lap 6, Jack was driving in P13 and Clément right behind him in P14. Jack stayed close to Viscaal who was driving in front of him. Clément fell back a few positions to P16. Jack was driving behind a fight for P7, with 6 cars involved, and was able to overtake Boschung for P12. A few laps later, Clément also overtook Boschung for the 14th position on the grid. Jack just missed out on reverse pole for the second race, but still had a good first race in Formula 2. Clément lost a few positions but was able to fight back and finished on P14.
Sprint Race 2
Sprint Race 2 started a bit more chaotic. Unfortunately, Clément lost the rear end going into turn one and collided with Armstrong, ending their races early and bringing out the safety car. Jack made up 2 places and was driving on P9. With 15 laps to go, the safety car went back in. Not long after that, another safety car had to come out as Vips lost his front wing and couldn’t continue. In lap 10, Jack found himself on P7 after overtaking Drugovich. With 6 more laps to go, Jack was fighting with Ticktum for P6 and got it! Both Daruvala and Lundgaard, driving in front of Jack, received a 5-second penalty during the race. Ticktum braked very late and was able to get P6 back from Jack. With 2 laps to go, Lawson spun and hit the wall, meaning it was the end of the race. Due to the penalties from Daruvala and Lundgaard, Jack finished on P5 and collected some good points in only his second race in F2.
The Feature Race went different than how we normally have it as it was immediately red-flagged when a big shunt between Theo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittipaldi happened on the start-finish straight. After an hour, the race was restarted, but it would be 20 minutes long and half points would be rewarded afterwards. It didn’t take long before the race was red-flagged again after Caldwell and Samaia collided. This meant the end of the race. Jack finished on P13 and Clément on P19 as he had to start from pitlane because he stalled in the first formation lap.
The next and final round of Formula 2 is next weekend, in Abu Dhabi.
Publiée le November 4, 2021 par Lois de Bruin
MP Motorsport has snapped up Clément Novalak for a rookie FIA Formula 2 campaign in 2022, while fresh from taking third in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship, the 20-year-old from Avignon was also signed by MP to make the step up to FIA Formula 2 in the final two rounds of the 2021 championship.
The Franco-Swiss driver proved a frontrunner in this year’s FIA Formula 3 Championship, as a consistent run of four podiums and a raft of other points-scoring finishes elevated him to a creditable third in the overall standings. His strong performance was more than enough to warrant promotion to FIA F2, and Novalak was duly picked up by MP Motorsport as one of the first drivers to sign for the new season. In fact, preceding his first full season of F2, Novalak will make his acquaintance with the category and the MP team in the final two rounds of the 2021 championship at Jeddah and Yas Marina, taking over the no.12 entry from Lirim Zendeli.
“I’m delighted to get my first taste of F2 as soon as at Jeddah and Yas Marina”, said Novalak. “This will only help me towards my ambitions for a first full season in F2 in 2022. I’m truly thankful to MP Motorsport for handing me this opportunity, and I fully intend to make the most of it. MP has been a race-winning outfit in F2 for the past two years, so I hope that teaming up with them will allow me to return to my winning ways. I can’t wait to get started!”
“We are very happy to welcome Clément in our F2 line-up for 2022, and are especially excited to give him his first runs in a Formula 2 car in the six 2021 races still coming up”, said Sander Dorsman, MP Motorsport’s team manager. “He pulled together a very strong season in F3, and especially his late run of form that took him up from sixth to third in the standings was extremely impressive. We are aiming to capitalize on that momentum by putting him in one of our F2 cars in the two remaining rounds on the Arabian peninsula. For next year, I’m sure he will be among the outstanding rookies of the year.”
In 2018, Novalak began his single-seater career in the Toyota Racing Series, in the process taking that year’s rookie title before embarking on a full season of the Formula Renault Eurocup while two-timing in the BRDC F3 series. His full 2019 campaign in the series resulted in the title which he used as the platform to graduate to FIA F3, finishing 12th in the 2020 season and third in the 2021 season.
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