Nicholas Latifi takes a solid lead over the Monaco streets while Artem Markelov returns to Formula 2 for a weekend.
The name Monte Carlo actually speaks for itself in motorsport circles. Of course you can not expect an overtaking festival. But the narrow streets, which do not allow mistakes, can provide tension. And if somebody can finish a successful overtaking maneuver, that is usually a true work of art.
Nicholas Latifi is fully on title track. The Canadian convinces with a seemingly unstoppable racing space. Only Luca Ghiotto has been able to keep up with the pace of the Williams junior, but makes too many mistakes.
In recent years, Latifi showed his skills only once every few races and rode in between midfield. This year he has been one of the fastest in so far three race weekends and brought his races through immaculately.
The perfect counterpart to this perfect start to the season comes from his team-mate Sergio Sette Camara, who is certainly no worse off from Latvi's driving skills than Latifi. Before the season, the Brazilian was counted among the favorites and was on paper the number 1 in the team. But since the two podiums at the season opener in Bahrain is nothing more together. In Baku he fell victim to the restart collision and in Barcelona the technology on his car went on strike.
Sette Camara does not have much fond memories of Monaco. In 2017 he scored no points, 2018 he did not even come to the start. For in qualifying, he broke his hand in a crash in Sainte Devote.
Both DAMS riders stayed in Barcelona after the last race weekend and participated in the Formula 1 tests. Sette Camara tested for McLaren and Nicholas Latifi drove for Williams. Three more F2 drivers sat in the F1 tests at the wheel: Nikita Mazepin for Mercedes, Callum Ilott for Alfa Romeo and Jack Aitken at Renault.
MP Motorsport has a change for Monaco. Jordan King has mastered the qualification in Indianapolis and participates in the Indy 500 the following weekend. The thus open driver's seat is filled with an old acquaintance, namely Artem Markelov. The Russian was at the start between 2014 and 2018 in GP2 and Formula 2 in a total of 110 races for Russian Time. The Russian has a very special relationship with Monaco. In 2016 and 2018 he won the main race in the principality, in 2017 he finished second. Last year, the Russian delivered the freestyle sprint race and lived up to his reputation as an overtaking king.
In 2019 Markelov moved to Japan in the Super Formula. But the first two races of the season at the Toyota-powered Le Mans team did not go as desired. In Suzuka he was only a tenth after a drive-through penalty and in Autopolis he did not reach the finish. So he is still there after two races and could use a sense of achievement well. So Monte Carlo is just right for him.
For the narrow streets of Monaco the normal qualifying format is changed. Instead of a 30-minute session, the starting positions are extended in two groups of 16-minutes each.
Pirelli brings the two softest mixtures to the track for the weekend. There is almost no tire wear, so strategically relatively little can be done.
Training: Thursday, 12 o'clock
Qualifying: Thursday, 16.15
Main race: Friday, 11.15
Sprint race: Saturday, 16.10 clock
Pictures: Formula 2
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