27/04/2012

Weekend preview!

Unusually this post will not feature anything related to F1! Yep, the Formula One boys are on a break but we do have some racing action coming up this weekend.

Parthiva Sureshwaren will be in running as part of the FIA Formula Two championship. The Indian failed to score points in the opening round of the season at Silverstone, UK a couple of weeks ago as he finished 16th in race one and 14th in race two (the series uses the same scoring system as F1 where the top ten drivers score points).

This weekends race takes place at the very scenic Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal. In preparation for the event there was a test yesterday at the circuit, broken down into four sessions, this is how Parthiva performed:

Session 1: 16th (+3.959s)
Session 2: 17th (+4.047s)
Session 3: 12th (+1.094s)
Session 4: 5th (+0.421s)
Note: time data given is in comparison to the session leader.

Clearly Parthiva struggled early on in the day but drastically improved with more and more mileage. This is quickly becoming a trend as we often see Sureshwaren get stronger as the weekend goes on; unfortunately though the F2 field is so competitive that this is often not good enough for the Indian. However with two races this weekend and lots of running already completed before today's first practice session we may see a better result for him!

We should be able to provide day-by-day coverage of the Formula Two this weekend so make sure you check back for that, for now though, we'll leave you with this:

Facts & stats
  • After two races of this seasons F2 championship, Parthiva is currently pointless.
  • The last time Parthiva scored any points in F2 was 21 race starts ago, back in May 2010.
  • The last time F2 visited the Portimão circuit was in 2010. On that occasion, Parthiva finished 14th in race one and 11th in race two.

 
(Parthiva testing in Portimão earlier today, click to enlarge)

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