Motorsport.com's Prime content
How F2's points leader found form in borrowed overalls
When a disappointing start to the 2019 season was followed by his overalls being consigned to a bin by mistake, it seemed luck really wasn't with Nyck de Vries. But a spell racing in a stablemate's borrowed kit proved to be a major turnaround.
The Baku Formula 2 weekend didn't go to plan for Nyck de Vries. After a slow pitstop and being passed by Jack Aitken cost him a first win of the season, and a fourth place brought the weekend's on-track business to a disappointing conclusion, de Vries faced further woe when he learned that his entire laundry bag - containing his race suit - had been put in the bin by mistake.
It had already been a tricky beginning to the season after he had been dropped from the McLaren driver-development programme. Three drivers ahead of him were shaping up to be faster packages in 2019; perhaps the erroneous destination of his laundry had become a metaphor for his championship campaign.
Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?
He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype.
Having lost his backing from Red Bull, Richard Verschoor has had to graft to continue his ascent up the single-seater ladder. An impressive Formula 2 debut in Bahrain, despite the lateness of his deal, shows his unorthodox approach is paying dividends.
Going into the 2021 Formula 2 season the biggest talking point wasn’t about any drivers or teams, but the new race weekend format. Created partly out of financial necessity but also to spice up the action, the Bahrain opener provided a snapshot of the positives and negatives to come.
He was tipped for glory in FIA Formula 2 last year, but was hampered by reliability woes at inopportune moments. Guanyu Zhou knows he won't get too many more chances if he is to become China's first F1 driver, with fierce competition within the ranks of Alpine's junior stable
Carlin has helped guide enough drivers to Formula 1 to fill out an entire grid, plus a handful of reserves, to create a remarkable alumni list. With Yuki Tsunoda set to join that group, Motorsport.com has ranked its graduates to grace the grand prix scene...
Michael Schumacher may have won seven Formula 1 titles, but he didn't even compete for a crown at the second tier. Son Mick put that right in 2020, and proved to Ferrari that he was deserving of a shot at motorsport's elite category in 2021…
As a consequence of George Russell's step up to Mercedes to cover for the COVID-positive Lewis Hamilton, Jack Aitken will make his Formula 1 debut for Williams at the Sakhir Grand Prix. Long on F1's peripheries, Aitken finally has a chance to shine.
Maini replaces Boccolacci for next two F2 rounds
Red Bull junior O'Ward set for F2 debut this weekend