F2: Silverstone Preview

Formula 2 Championship leader Nyck de Vries will be looking to improve on last year's performance at Silverstone. © Joe Portlock / LAT Images

Round 7 of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship will be held at Silverstone, the home of British Motorsport.

After great racing last time out in Austria, more of the same is expected this weekend.

Frantic racing in both the Feature Race and the Sprint Race, saw Carlin’s Nobuharu Matsuhita and the DAMS of Sergio Sette Camara claim the spoils.

Nyck de Vries had a very consistent weekend for ART, finishing third in both races to extend his championship lead.

Coming into this weekend, De Vries has 152 points, and is 37 points clear of his closest rival, Nicholas Latifi (DAMS).

Camara sits in third on 107 points, while a pair of second places in Austria for Uni-Virtuosi’s Luca Ghiotto moved him up to fourth on 97 points.

The Sprint race also saw an incredible comeback from Prema’s Mick Schumacher to finish fourth – his first points since the Azerbaijan Sprint Race.

Boccolacci and Raghunathan returns to Formula 2

Dorian Boccolacci will return to racing this weekend with Trident and will partner fellow countryman, Giuliano Alesi.

The Frenchman will replace Ryan Tveter, after the latter initially took over the seat from Ralph Boschung.

Boccolacci started the current Formula 2 campaign with Campos, before he made way for Arjun Maini.

Despite missing the previous round at the Red Bull Ring, Bocolacci is 12th in the Drivers’ standings with 30 points.

Mahaveer Raghunathan will also return to F2 action with MP Motorsport, after serving a suspension for recieving 12 penalty points on his licence.

The Indian driver has come under criticism for his driving antics and has yet to score a championship point in 2019.

Ghiotto sets the pace in Free Practice

Ghiotto continued his brilliant form pace and went fastest in Free Practice ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session.

The Italian was a tenth quicker than Nicholas Latifi and team-mate Guanyu Zhou. Campos’ Jack Aitken was fourth ahead of Sergio Sette Camara and Nyck de Vries.