In a weekend of thrilling racing, we celebrated some incredible performances from our talented drivers who rose to the podium in Euroformula Open, Formula 2 and Formula 1 respectively.
Formula 1 – Round 6 – Spanish GP
George Russell (Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team)
Qualifying as the lead Mercedes-powered car, George lined up 4th on the grid on Sunday afternoon. In front of sell-out crowds, he fired off the line and immediately dispatched Sainz to claim 3rd into Turn 1.
From there he got his head down and treated fans to a sensational display of his raw racing talent as he entered a battle with Max Verstappen. Making his car as wide as the track, George held off the reigning world champion for a number of laps as his rival tried to make the overtake work. Running in 2nd as Charles Leclerc retired from the lead of the race, the Mercedes driver was leading the race until eventually his pace without DRS was not enough to keep the Red Bulls at bay.
Crossing the line in 3rd, he certainly put on a show on his way to claim his second podium of the season and continue his solid record of having finished in the top five in every race so far.
“George has had a great start to the season and settled in with the team really well. His run of consistency is really impressive, so to see him score his second podium of the season pays dues to the hard work he’s put in. Every podium is special and this hard fought one was no exception” – Harry Soden (George's Commercial Manager)
Formula 2 – Round 4 – Barcelona
Logan Sargeant (Carlin) and Olli Caldwell (Campos Racing)
In his first year in the Formula 2 championship, Logan has proven himself to be one of the front running rookies and this weekend was no exception.
Showcasing his pace in Free Practice on Friday morning, Logan finished the session as the 3rd fastest, providing a massive confidence boost going into the weekend. Posting further rapid lap times when qualifying got underway he scored an impressive P5 grid position for Sunday’s race, offering a great starting point when the lights went out.
Taking to the track on Saturday evening, Logan off the line with supreme pace, getting the better of both Hughes and Pourchaire in the opening lap before setting after Iwasa further ahead. The fastest driver on track on Lap 4, unfortunately at a track notoriously difficult for overtaking, the battle for P2 proved to be difficult. He attempted the move either side of Iwasa, but determined to keep his nose clean and look after his tyres, he settled in to cross the line in third. A sensational effort that scored the American driver his first ever podium in Formula 2.
Fired up from his renewed confidence in the car and his ability, Logan put in another faultless performance for Sunday’s feature race. Battling hard against his rivals and managing his tyres to finish just shy of another podium finish in P4. A strong weekend for the Williams Driver Academy star sees him placed as top rookie in the standings.
“t’s brilliant to see Logan on the podium in Formula 2. He’s shown good speed this year and it’s been great to convert it in Barcelona and come away with a good point scoring weekend.”” – Gary Catt
Following a crash in free practice, Olli Caldwell rebuilt his confidence and went from strength to strength as the weekend unfolded. Making quite the comeback from the back of the grid to earn P14 in Saturday’s sprint race. Unfortunately falling victim to a first lap tangle in Sunday’s feature race, Olli put his head down and managed to put on a mighty show of tyre management to finish in a commendable P15.
Despite some set backs, this proved to be the Alpine Academy driver’s strongest weekend in the championship so far and certainly shows promise of points soon.
“Olli showed great maturity this weekend, it was all about building his confidence after an unfortunate crash in practice. But he bounced back and put in his strongest races yet. It’s a shame that the incident in the feature race held him back from scoring points. But he’s made great progress and we know those points are coming.” – Gary Catt
Euroformula Open – Round 3 – Paul Ricard
Christian Mansell (Motopark)
Back on track following his double podium finish at Pau just 2 weeks ago, Christian Mansell continued his championship charge at Paul Ricard from the very first turn of a wheel.
Making his intentions clear the Australian driver posted the fastest time across Friday testing, before continuing that momentum into qualifying on Saturday morning. Battling it out with rival Goethe, Christian lay down one last flying lap to claim his first pole position in the championship.
Heartbreak struck in the opening race of the weekend, when contact at the first corner sent Christian into a spin to the back of the grid. However the Motopark driver soon was on the charge, fighting his way through the field to claim a respectable 4th place at the line.
His shining moment came in the 2nd race, where he fired his way to lead the race by over 3s in the opening stages. As the race ran on, his rivals managed to make up ground and began to challenge for the lead in the final laps. But with a masterclass in defensive driving, Christian maintained his advantage and scored his second victory of the season.
Following up his strong performances in the previous races, the 17-year-old managed to fire his way past his rivals, from 6th on the grid to the podium once more in Race 3. Sealing off a great points haul for his championship campaign.
"Another really positive weekend for Christian. He’s shown that he has the pace and has been on the podium, in every round so far this season. We’re confident that he will continue his form in the championship battle and as we know it’s all about consistency. ” – Harry Soden
This weekend, we’ll be trackside as our talented drivers take to the infamous streets of Monaco in Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula Regional. Whilst back in the UK, Thruxton plays host to the next round of BTCC, FIA Formula 4 and Ginetta Juniors.