It was our Formula 2 championship leader, Felipe Drugovich, who responded to title rival Théo Pourchaire’s recent charge by scoring his third pole of the season on Friday in the drizzly conditions at Spa-Francorchamps. Charouz’s Enzo Fittipaldi managed to complete an all Brazilian front-row for the first time in F2 history, with Williams junior Logan Sargeant qualifying third.
by Tyler Foster
F1 Feeder Series spoke to Drugovich and Sargeant about the comparison of IndyCar and F1 given the recent drama of F1 silly season.
With Daniel Ricciardo’s unsavoury exit from McLaren being headline news, it was subsequently revealed that McLaren boss Zak Brown considered transferring the experienced Aussie driver to the team’s IndyCar program. Following this revelation, fans on social media began criticising the idea as a downgrade for the eight-time F1 race winner. Considering this, we asked Drugovich whether he believed the two series are comparable in terms of quality.
“It’s difficult to say”, replied Drugovich. “I have never driven in IndyCar, neither in F1 obviously but we are closer to F1 than IndyCar to actually talk about it. F1 should be the pinnacle of motorsport so obviously maybe the best of the best are here but in general the level should be close. I don’t know to be fair. I’m not really following IndyCar that close to say precisely.”
The Brazilian F2 championship leader is one of many drivers to have been linked to a possible IndyCar move for 2023, however it is clear that in his mind that F1 is still superior to the American-based series.
Sargeant still aiming for F1
For American driver Logan Sargeant, this debate is not so simple. We asked the same question to the native Floridian.
I would say they are both as challenging as each other but I think F1 is where the best of the best should be.Logan Sargeant
“As he [Felipe] said it’s [F1] the pinnacle of motorsport. It’s the top level; but at the same time, I think IndyCar is an extremely challenging championship. I think it is underrated to be honest and it’s very challenging in its own ways, so I would say they are both as challenging as each other but I think F1 is where the best of the best should be.”
Despite Sargeant’s defense of his country’s premier motorsport series, he will continue to aim for F1 in the near future via his Williams connection. His impressive rookie campaign in Formula 2 this season currently places him third in the standings, with two pole positions and two feature race wins. These performances convinced Williams to reward the 21-year-old American with a free practice opportunity for his home Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
Opportunities to earn a seat
There are four rounds remaining in Formula 2 this season, with the next three being back-to-back-to-back (Spa, Zandvoort, and Monza). We asked Sargeant just how important those next few weekends are for him to build momentum before his maiden Formula 1 appearance to best make his case to Williams that he is F1-ready for 2023.
“Every single round in F2 is extremely important, especially coming off a couple poor ones, it’s important to pick yourself back up and remind everyone what you were doing before. As I’ve said in the past, I’ve done it before. I know I can do it again and all I can really think about is doing the best job I can in Formula 2 whatever happens outside of that. I’ll think about it when I get there.”
Header Photo Credit: Formula Motorsport Ltd
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