Lawson expects tough racing in Barcelona

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Liam Lawson and the FIA Formula 2 Championship is back in action this weekend with the second European race of the 2022 season. The grid faces six races scheduled over the next four weeks with three rounds taking place on one permanent (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya) and two street circuits (Monte Carlo and Baku).

Following the brief in-season test last month, the F2 grid returns to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the fourth round of the campaign.

Théo Pourchaire currently leads the overall Drivers’ Championship. That lead is a narrow one though, with just two points separating him from MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich.  14-points back sees Jehan Daruvala in third. Lawson sits fourth, one-point behind Daruvala.  The Carlin driver’s strong start to the year has kept him in the top five in the standings, albeit 17 points adrift of new leader Pourchaire.

“It will be tough because a lot of testing goes on at Barcelona and everyone has done many laps,” said Lawson.  “We’ve all been there a lot but for us making the tyres last better than the other guys is going to be important because the degradation is quite high.

“The favourite part of the circuit for me is probably Turn 9, the uphill fast right, it’s nearly flat and a cool, fast corner.

“I think in the test that we did we went through a lot of things but it’s hard to compare to the race weekend because the temperature is quite a lot different. It’s probably going to be quite warm this weekend and we tested in cool conditions. So that makes quite a big difference but everyone’s in the same boat there so we are all going to be trying to adjust and guess, with where that temperature is. I am confident that we can do a good job of that.”

“The thing is this weekend to get on top of things. All year so far we’ve had very very good speed but whether it’s issues we’ve had or issues outside of our control, the consistency hasn’t been there recently. So that’s the target to get on top of. We started very strongly but had a few hiccups, get on top of that and we’ll be in a good position.”

Round 4 track NZ times

Practice Friday 9:30pm
Qualifying Saturdsay 4:30am
Sprint Race Sunday 3:35am
Feature Race Sunday 9:30pm

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