Charouz announces 2021 line-up
Charouz Racing System has announced its 2021 driver line-up for FIA Formula 2 season. For its fourth season in the Formula 1’s feeder series, the Czech squad has signed an important partnership with David Beckmann and Guilherme Samaia, who will race to repeat and improve the 2020 results, when the team finished 7th in the Team’s standings, with a total of 137 points, 2 fastest laps and 5 podium finishes.
The 2021 FIA Formula 2 season is set to commence in Bahrain on March 26th, and the calendar includes a total of eight rounds, all supporting the Formula 1 World Championship. Following a change to the Sporting Regulations, the new season will see three races per event, instead of two previously, for a total of 24 races. The street circuits of Monaco and Baku will make their return to the calendar following their cancellation in 2020 due to the Covid-19 restrictions, as well as the great Abu Dhabi finale. Jeddah represents a new entry for the series, while Silverstone is confirmed alongside Monza and Sochi. For this challenge, Charouz Racing System has decided to hire two new drivers.
Beckmann gets promoted from FIA Formula 3, where he was a front runner last year, with 2 wins and 5 podiums to his credit. The 20-year-old German racing driver already drove the F2 car in last year’s off-season tests at Bahrain, with a very positive feeling with the team, which led both parties to find an agreement for the 2021 season.
Brazil’s Samaia represents the experienced part of the box, as he had already the chance to drive in the FIA Formula 2 in 2020, getting familiar with the car and the tyres, different from all other F1 feeder series. It was a big step forward in the Brazilian’s career who had joined from the Euroformula. Last December, Samaia performed a testing session with the team, which proved positive, at the Al-Sakhir track, which will host the first round this season.