In summary: Cem Bolukbasi has withdrawn from this week’s Formula 2 testing, suggesting he is still in pain from his crash in Jeddah three weeks ago.
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Bolukbasi abandons F2 test with upper body pain
Bolukbasi did not drive the second day of Formula 2 testing at Circuit de Catalunya after suffering a crash on day one. He said in a social media post that he had returned to Istanbul to undergo medical checks on upper body pain that could be related to a severe clash with the barriers in Jeddah.
“I had to abandon the testing sessions yesterday in Barcelona due to sudden upper body pains which seem like a side effect of my crash in Jeddah,” said Bolukbasi. “I have returned to Istanbul for physical examinations, I will continue with the preparations for Imola after thorough examinations.”
Following his crash in Jeddah, Bolukbasi was diagnosed with concussion and was suspended from competing for the remainder of the race weekend.
Nissany fastest on day two of Formula 2 testing
Roy Nissany set the fastest time at Barcelona on the second day of F2 season testing. The DAMS rider set a 1:28.812 lap during the morning session, despite the session being interrupted by four red flags.
The afternoon session was less disrupted, however there was intermittent rain which prevented drivers from setting faster lap times than in the morning. Marcus Armstrong set the best afternoon time with a 1’29.752.
Formula 2 and 3 follow ‘very strong’ FIA guidelines for Russian athletes
The CEO of Formula 2 and 3, Bruno Michel, said the junior series is adhering to the FIA’s guidelines on how to deal with Russian competitors. “There were some very strong guidelines from the FIA on how to deal with the problem of Russian athletes and we applied that. We do the things that are asked of us.”
Formula 3 is the only FIA series to currently feature a Russian driver, with Alexander Smolyar signing the FIA’s driver’s contract and competing under a non-national flag as an “authorized neutral driver”. However, he is expected to encounter difficulties in some countries, such as the UK, where the regional automobile club has banned Russians from participating.
“I don’t think there’s much to expect at the moment as to what’s going to happen in the future,” Michel continued. “Of course we’re not going to Sochi this year, that’s a simple answer, and then we’ll see for the future, but we’re just playing by the rules.”
Huge points swings in Formula E have nothing to do with the old qualifying format – Evans
Two-time Rome EPrix winner Mitch Evans doesn’t believe Formula E’s much-criticized earlier qualifying format was solely responsible for last year’s significant swing in performance. The Jaguar driver surmises that the ebb and flow of the 2020-2021 Championship was also due to the different nature of the circuits visited by the series, as well as the group qualifying format.
“Last year we had a big impact on qualifying but the track layouts really changed it too,” he said. “Our car has a certain philosophy, our design, our powertrain is designed in a certain way to suit the circuits and that is the DNA of the Formula E circuits. [like] Rome. ”
Last year, Formula E held two double-header rounds at permanent circuits, Valencia and Puebla. “We’re just not a good fit for these circuits,” admitted Evans. “It’s easy to blame the group stuff but look this year up to this race – everyone had a fair chance in qualifying ahead and we just didn’t. We just didn’t have the pace.
“So it’s not because of the group stuff or the old qualifying format, but because of the pure pace. Of course I hope that this is not an isolated case and I hope that Monaco will be similar to last year. But again, you never know in this championship but obviously it’s the other tracks that don’t normally suit our car so we have to work really hard there because that’s where you could potentially make the difference in the championship.”