Dallara F2, Robert Shwartzman – (110202521):
Codenamed the F2/18, the now renamed Dallara F2 is an open-wheel racing car developed by the Italian manufacturer Dallara, and was assembled for use in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, which is a feeder-series for Formula One. Since the Formula 2 Championship is a spec series, every team and driver must use the same car, and this was the F2.
It was built to replace its ageing predecessor, the Dallara GP2/11, and was fitted with a Mecachrome V634T 3.4-litre V6 engine, and since it was also turbocharged, it meant the car was more than capable of producing 620 horsepower at 8750 rpm. Furthermore, the F2 was Dallara’s first ever turbo-powered Formula 2 car, and also the first turbo-powered Formula One junior feeder-series car since the Dallara GP3/10 in the GP3 Series.
At the Belgian Grand Prix in 2020, young Russian driver Robert Shwatzman was at the wheel of the F2. He’s been known to show two very different sides of himself to the public; the fearless driver and the savvy social media operator. Between them, there is one commonality, his love and knowledge for cars. After his leap from winning Formula 3, to racing in Formula 2, he said, “F2 is more difficult… to be completely honest, the first time when I sat in the car in testing, I didn’t feel comfortable at all… I actually spun on my first lap.”
A number of other drivers struggled with the handling of the Dallara F2, and Shwartzman’s words proved true. However, he went on to steal the headlines at the Belgian Grand Prix in 2020, benefitting from two crashes and going on clench his third victory of the season in his stark red and white F2, demonstrating that, in the right hands, the Dallara F2 is capable of achieving great things.