For­mula 2 engines re­called for tests

Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - JACK BENYON

For­mula 2 teams have been given spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion to at­tempt prac­tice starts be­fore the next race week­end once they have re­ceived an up­dated en­gine, clutch and ECU.

F2 re­called ev­ery pow­er­plant from all teams af­ter last week­end’s Sil­ver­stone round, so that they can be dyno-tested by en­gine sup­plier Me­cachrome. Teams will be given all of the up­dates by next week, along with a set of su­per­soft tyres, and can at­tempt 100km of prac­tice starts in a bid to per­fect the pro­ce­dure ahead of the Hun­garor­ing round on July 27-29. The FIA and F2 will be able to an­a­lyse the data to en­sure that the teams don’t use the mileage to lap a cir­cuit.

“The idea is to come back to a nor­mal start for Bu­dapest,” said se­ries boss Bruno Michel. “The main thing we no­ticed is we have to do some­thing on the en­gine be­cause we didn’t have enough torque at the start of the bit­ing point, which is com­pli­cated.”

F2 will also run its test car at Magny-cours and Paul Ri­card be­fore Hun­gary to help per­fect the sys­tem.

The FIA’S Charlie Whit­ing added: “I have a high level of con­fi­dence in the changes that have been made.”

ART Grand Prix driv­ers Ge­orge Rus­sell and Jack Aitken will be hop­ing that the up­date works for the pit­lane lim­iter too, af­ter both were pe­nalised five sec­onds for speed­ing in last week­end’s fea­ture race.

“It seems like af­ter the pull-away [from the pit­box] the speed goes over 60km/h, be­fore re­turn­ing to the speed limit,” said Rus­sell. “Be­cause we are in the last box in the pit­lane, we keep ac­cel­er­at­ing as we exit the pit­lane, and we don’t have the op­por­tu­nity [enough dis­tance] to re­turn to nor­mal.

“We be­lieve the other teams’ speeds re­turn to nor­mal be­fore the pit exit and it looks like that’s why they haven’t been pe­nalised.”

Aitken (be­low) would have scored a point for

10th place had he not re­ceived the penalty. An­other con­tentious in­dis­cre­tion for a vir­tual safety car in­fringe­ment meant that his eighth place on the road in the fea­ture race – which should have bagged him the re­versed-grid pole – was con­verted to 13th po­si­tion.

MAUGER

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