Armstrong back for round two of F2 at Silverstone

After a difficult weekend at Britain’s famous Silverstone circuit, New Zealander Marcus Armstrong is readying himself to fight back.

His rivals in the championship reset the top ten last weekend, bumping Armstrong from sixth on points to eleventh and prompting a week or evaluation and consideration of data for his team, ART Grand Prix.

Armstrong says “Last weekend we learned a lot about the car but perhaps not in the way I would have preferred. Now we have to fight back into the top ten and I want to turn the results from last weekend around to score some good points.”

Armstrong has put in some sensational charges from down the field when required, though as always, qualifying well is key to a top finish, even though. The intensity of the competition is borne out in the qualifying results so far: in four race weekends four different drivers have taken pole position.

This weekend marks the mid-point in the ten-round championship, organisers having announced last week that they had approved an additional round at Sochi in Russia. The F2 calendar runs at Formula One race weekends, putting drivers in front of key F1 managers and talent spotters.

Marcus Armstrong first raced at Silverstone two years ago in the FIA Formula Three Championship. The 5.891 km Silverstone circuit first hosted F2 races in 2017 and Saturday’s 29-lap feature race goes to a distance of 170.839 km the sprint race that closes out the weekend on Sunday covers 21 laps and runs to 123.711 km.

Weather forecasts for the weekend predict cloudy but fine conditions on Saturday with a high of 28 degrees C; a chance of some rain on Sunday with a high of 27 degrees.

This is the second of two consecutive weekends at the British track as the premier motorsport categories continue a compressed season in response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Mark Baker

Mark Baker has been working in automotive PR and communications for more than two decades. For much longer than that he has been a motorsport journalist, photographer and competitor, witness to most of the most exciting and significant motorsport trends and events of the mid-late 20th Century. His earliest memories of motorsport were trips to races at Ohakea in the early 1960s, and later of annual summer pilgrimages to watch Shellsport racers and Mini 7s at Bay Park and winter sorties into forests around Kawerau and Rotorua to see the likes of Russell Brookes, Ari Vatanen and Mike Marshall ply their trade in group 4 Escorts. Together with Murray Taylor and TV producer/director Dave Hedge he has been responsible for helping to build New Zealand’s unique Toyota Racing Series into a globally recognized event brand under category managers Barrie and Louise Thomlinson. Now working for a variety of automotive and mainstream commercial clients, Mark has a unique perspective on recent motor racing history and the future career paths of our best and brightest young racers.

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